Acting out child labour.
Looking back on Project ReCharge, there were many things I learned about. In the very beginning of the project, we were learning about different types of government and how their laws affect the freedoms of other people. For example, in a democracy, I learned that people are allowed to vote for the laws that are passed.
This topic narrow down to the freedom of speech or expression, we found out a way to show different side of the issue. For example, I made two infographics, that considered different viewpoints that two different might have on the same problem of freedom of speech. Through this, I learned to think about other people’s perspective before jumping to conclusions, this skill will definitely help me when writing argumentative letters or essays. I think that being able to ‘put yourself in other people’s shoes’ is important. For example, if you think something, but then you see someone else has evidence to prove something else, you could think differently after that. I think that this skill is really important to me so that I can learn to feel what others feel helping me write in through other perspective.
Throughout these different sections we eventually moved down to freedom and child labour writing letters to different companies about their product of child labour. Then, we formed a group to interview a certain person of interest in the ISB community (for us it was Mr. Hurworth) to tell them about specifically the chocolate we use in the school. Using the information we gathered, we could think in his perspective as the Head of School to make proposals that we presented during the board meeting.
Since we kept changing the topic of the whole project, it helped me learn that whenever we transition to a different topic (especially if the topics have a connection), we should use the information we learn from the last topic to help us support our new ideas.
In terms of freedom and power, I think that when you have more freedom usually gives you more power to think for yourself, giving your own opinions choosing what to do. But with the freedom that is given to you there is more responsibility on your hands. You control your actions, it isn’t anyone else’s responsibility anymore, it’s your own.
Before this project I never really thought about how the products I used were made, I never realized that child labour was is so many places. Now, after all my research, I know that child labour happens in many different places. Some of the products I used are made with child labour. I think it is good to have organizations like Blue Dragon and people like Kailash Satyarthi to help children heal and find their families.
Looking back on Project ReCharge, I realize that it I important to know what other people think and feel so that you can understand more about what is happening in the world. For example, if I never learned about child labour, I would not have written that letter to Nestlé to inform them and make suggestions for them. With multiple perspectives, we can make claims without just going to your first thoughts.