What is the Freedom Challenge? It's Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand's annual team challenge. This year the theme is Kids against Camouflage… Keeping children out of conflict and they are challenging you as young New Zealanders to take creative action - for kids around the world caught in military conflict.
Margaret Taylor, Amnesty’s Activism Support Manager, says “Freedom Challenge is an opportunity for students to use their freedom to fight for the freedom of others. Every year we see young people of all ages galvanised by their sense of justice and taking action to make the world a safer more just place”.
“As part of our new global Demand Dignity campaign we are focussing on the children in Columbia, Liberia and Darfur who are denied their rights to a safe home, education and a life of dignity because they are caught up in armed conflict”.
Students taking part in Freedom Challenge will be running events and activities in their schools and communities to raise awareness and funds, and asking others to take action.
In previous years we’ve seen protests, caged lock-ins and silence-a-thons. Freedom Challenge is all about kids having fun and being creative for positive change, adds Taylor.
To take up the Challenge visit the newly launched website www.freedomchallenge.org.nz
The Pulse will be bringing you information on events relating to the Freedom Challenge.
A long way gone : memoirs of a boy soldier by Ishmael Beah
"In the more than fifty violent conflicts going on worldwide, it is estimated that there are some 300,000 child soldiers. Ishmael Beah used to be one of them."
Provides interviews with twenty-three Iraqi youth who have moved away from their homeland and tells of their fears, challenges, and struggles to rebuild their lives in foreign lands as refugees of war.
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