Today, November 20th, is Universal Children’s Day, a day to advocate for, promote and celebrate the rights of children across the world. What’s more, this year marks the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by the United Nations General Assembly, the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history! Today offers us an opportunity to foster dialogue and promote action on children’s rights, and to be a part of continuing to build a better world for children.
Children have the right to access a quality education – that is one of the basic premises underlying our work at educate.. We wanted to take some time today to celebrate the children our programmes have reached this year and the educational resources they and their communities have gained access to: in particular at the two community-created libraries in in Las Lagunas and La Florida!
We are grateful for our partners Students for Children for their support with these two projects. Together, we asked the students at these schools to draw a picture of what they wanted to be when they grew up. With the right educational opportunities, we know these kids have every potential to get there. Below, you can see their illustrated responses.
Claudia: “I want to be a teacher so I can teach other children to read and write.”
Manuel: “I want to be a policeman because they help people have security.”
Melanie: “My dream is to become a doctor so I can save lives.”
José David: “When I’m grown up I want to me a mechanic so I can make money to help my family.”
Amable de Jesus: “I want to be a a firefighter to help people.”
Dusian: “When I’m grown up I want to be a doctor so that when people are sick I can go and help them. I will cure them and my community will be able to advance.”
Kimberly: “I want to be a teacher so I can teach lots of children and they can learn a lot.”
Genesis: “I want to be a teacher so I can help others.”
Diana: “I will be a painter and everyone will learn from the beauty of my paintings.”
Angel Edgardo: “I want to be a football player so I can help people and help my family advance.”
Yareli: “When I’m grown up I want to be a doctor so I can heal the sick.”
Gabriel: “My greatest dream is to be a professional football player so I can show that I can achieve my dreams.”
Marcos: “I want to be a teacher and I like animals.”
Carlos: “When I’m big I want to be a teacher.”
Lixy: “I want to be a nurse so I can help others.”
Yaser: “My dream is to be a football player because I like it.”
Orlin: “When I’m older I want to be a soldier because there is a lot of criminality and violence in Honduras and I want to help others.”
Yamilet: “I want to be a teacher.”
This is Cristian, he wants to be a teacher when he’s older!
This is Yenifer. Unfortunately, on the day of the assignment, Yenifer was not at school, but her teacher asked if we could make sure she was still included. Yenifer wants to be a teacher when she grows up.
We hope to continue working with these and other communities to provide transformational educational opportunities and resources so that these children can continue on their way towards these dreams.
Right now, we’re working on our 6th school library project at the El Tigre primary school in Trinidad, Honduras. This holiday season you can buy book tokens to help us get one step closer to open this library’s doors! Check out the Christmas Book Tokens page for more information and to get involved ❆