In preparation for International Children’s Day, we began our “rights” and read We Are All Born Free: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Pictures. We asked,
What rights do you think you and all people should have?
Celeste: To help people if they are sick
Meher: Water to drink
Quinn: To help people be alive
Eva: Be nice to your friends and family
Santiago: Drink water
Tara: Do jobs and care about people
Beatrix: Help disabled people cross the road
Astrid: Being kind to friends
Hugo: Take care of the United States
Roman: Everybody has a house, so we need a fire department
Phoebe: Being kind, having water and having milk to grow
As a outdoor based program, we decided to focus in on the rights of the child to leisure, and to play outside. We considered, Why is playing outdoors important for us?
Celeste- Fresh air, play time
Santi-Climb up trees
Eva- Having nature around us
Meher-run around and playing and splashing
Roman- Being loud instead of being quiet inside
Tara- Because they get strong and healthy and have space to run outside and get better at running and get fresh air
We created signs voicing the rights we feel all children should have, and prepared for our Candle Manifestation held in Hamilton Park. On November 21, the eve of Thanksgiving, We joined the many countries that acknowledge and celebrate the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child through a candlelight manifestation in Hamilton Park. We were joined by our school community, many alumni families and other families from across Jersey City. We spoke about children’s rights and heard from current students and alumni- valuing and celebrating their perspectives. We ended the evening with a little meditation from our very own teacher Jennifer- something our children practice on a daily basis. It was a heartfelt and so very important evening, with messages that honored our children’s rights and voices.