SIS 8th Graders Take on Modern Slavery

After a school year filled with lessons about power and control in the world, the 8th graders of SIS headed into their final project: Modern Slavery. Ofcourse, all the students learned about the slave trading back in the day and were just as appalled as any but did they know slavery is not a thing of the past?

In groups of three, the students got to pick their own topic about modern slavery and worked on a presentation to be held to the public Tuesday morning at SIS Bayside Campus. For three hours straight the crowd shuffled by all the various stalls listening to the top-notch presentations held by all the students. The students talked with passion as they realized the slavery they were studying was about kids of the same age as themselves. From the 16-hour workdays in the cocoa fields of the Ivory Coast, where 50% of the world’s chocolate supply comes from, to the sweatshops all over Asia and beyond, from the carpet slavery that happens daily in India, Pakistan and Nepal to the many child soldiers being sucked into evil in Africa and not to forget the largest one of all, the sex slavery that takes so many victims all over the world.

All the teams had set up very visual stalls to really bring their topic to life. With handouts and stickers the students campaigned to raise awareness on each topic. The videos that the students created, the presentations given and the awareness raised makes for a very informative day at SIS as the students contributed to help slavery from ever happening again in the future.

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