Refugees: Who loves the Olympics? We sure do! Make sure to keep your eye out for the Refugee Olympic Team. Ten athletes from Sudan, Ethiopia, Syria and the Democratic Republic of Congo will be competing to shed a light on the refugee crisis. Click the link above to watch a short video.
Hunger: To combat food waste Walmart announced it will sell ‘damaged’ fruit at a reduced price. Whole Foods has also offered this to some retailer. Walmart recently estimated that U.S. consumers throw away $29 billion worth of edible food each year. Would you eat fruits and vegetable that did not look perfect, but were still healthy?
Sustainability: One the topic of food waste- a great infographic to break it down and give ideas for making a difference. What can your family implement?
Access to Education: Read this article and talk about opportunity gap with your kids.
Homelessness: Look at the photos of the finalists in the Through Our Eyes photography project, giving voice to the homeless through the lens of a camera. What surprised you?
Living Wage: Check out this infographic about affordable housing on minimum wage.
Kindness: The construction worker who hides a life-size Waldo for children at a nearby hospital to spot each day.
Education: #iwishmyteacherknew started as a project in Kyle Swartz’s third grade classroom. Her book by the same title just released and it’s beautiful encouragement, gives voice to our children and hope to all of us to support students and our teachers.
Whenever we talk to our kids about justice issues we can be positive, because there are so many ways we can help! Even though the topics can be heavy, we can make a difference, and that’s something to be excited about.
In the United States we have many options for education. Even here, not every opportunity is equal, nor every school district. Globally this is even truer. Many students, especially girls will never have the opportunity to attend school and better their lives. Opening up kids worldview of school is a great place to start. Once they understand that education is a gift that others don’t have so easily, families can begin making a difference beginning in their own schools and expanding locally and globally.
Equal Access to Education Discussion Starters:
Help your family go deeper:
What factors make acquiring education difficult for kids?
Child labor- some kids need to support their family instead of going to school
Access- some kids lack transportation or a close school to attend
Money- some areas lack resources to have school supplies, teachers, or safe buildings
Disabilities- some schools do not have resources to help students with disabilities
Gender- poverty forces some families to choose who to educate and they choose boys before girls (so girls can work, do chores, or watch siblings.)
Violence- war or conflict keep some kids at home instead of attending school safely
Hunger- can make learning difficult for students
Immigration- language and cultural assimilation can create challenges to learning
Are their schools in our area that have less than others?
After thinking about barriers, how do you feel about receiving free education through twelve grade?
#TalkJustice Summer Serve Play Groups! Come over to our Facebook Event Page to learn more. Invite friends! We will be exploring topics and making a difference in community, using a series of books donated to us from CitizenKid. Hosted by About Proximity (that’s me) and my Mom, a public school family advocate for two decades.
What have been your insights into equality and access in education?