Getting the Child Slave Labor Out of Your Shopping Cart

by Marsha Rakestraw We hear about forced and child labor, reading about specific instances in the news, and we may wonder whether the sugar, cookies, or bananas we bought last week, or the cellphone we’re using, or the fireworks we enjoy are made with the hands of children or slaves; it can be hard to…

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10 Tips for Helping End Child Labor

by Marsha Rakestraw Last updated January 31, 2019. “The change starts within each one of us, and ends only when all children are free to be children.” – Craig Kielburger Have you recently purchased a soccer ball? Something embroidered? Something made from cotton? Chocolate? Clothes? Produce? If so, there’s a good chance you’ve purchased something…

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9 Books for Youth About Child Labor

by Marsha Rakestraw “The change starts within each one of us, and ends only when all children are free to be children.” ~ Craig Kielburger Have you recently purchased a soccer ball? Something embroidered? Something made from cotton? Chocolate? Clothes? Produce? If so, there’s a good chance you’ve purchased something made from child labor. Child…

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Why We Need Humane Education: 35.8 Million Slaves

In some of our professional development at the Institute for Humane Education, participants learn about modern slavery. What they discover often shocks and horrifies them. Many people in developed countries remain unaware of slavery as a contemporary challenge, assuming that such practices ended in the 19th century. And often those who know about modern slavery…

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12 Children’s Picture Books about Human Rights Issues

Every human being has rights. From the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, each of us – woman, child, and man – has certain rights that are meant to help us live with sufficiency, safety, and dignity. December is Universal Human Rights Month, an especially poignant…

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Resources: Who Made My Clothes

Who Made My Clothes?

Students will investigate the “birth place” of their clothes, learn about how those clothes are connected to the oppression and exploitation of children and women, and consider positive solutions. Recommended for grades 6-12. Time: 2-3 60 minute classes, and longer for solutions projects

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¿Vas a Tolerar La Esclavitud Con Eso?

¿Vas a Tolerar La Esclavitud Con Eso?

La esclavitud moderna es ominipresente. Los estudiantes se aproximarán a la esclavitud moderna a traves de historias personales y considerarán que acciones pueden llevar a cabo para contribuir con su desaparición. Recomendado para grados 5-9 Duración: 60-90 minutos

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¿Quién Hizo Mi Ropa?

¿Quién Hizo Mi Ropa?

Los estudiantes investigarán el “lugar de nacimiento” de su ropa, aprenderán sobre cómo esa ropa está conectada con la opresión y explotación de niños y mujeres, y considerarán soluciones positivas. Recomendado para grados 6-12 Duración: De 2 a 3 clases de 60 minutos, y más tiempo para proyectos que requieren soluciones. Traducido por Ana Luisa…

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