Raise people’s awareness, and then help them speak out on the issue of child soldiers.
Raising other people's awareness of an issue is a first step to creating change. In fact, many countries that have addressed human-rights issues have done so ONLY because their citizens have voiced their concerns.
An information day or campaign on child soldiers can have many
different components. It can include:
- Information tables with posters, brochures, and reports
on child soldiers.
- Artwork created on the theme of child soldiers.
- Videos on child soldiers.
- Debates on topics related to child soldiers, such as whether
or not people under age 18 should be recruited for military service.
- Performances/staged readings of The
Voices of Child Soldiers.
- Petitions on issues relating to child soldiers,
such as ratification of the Optional Protocol, small arms, illicit
trade in natural resources, or recruitment age.
- Presentations on the results of a quiz or opinion poll.
- Representatives from NGOs working to help child soldiers.
Felicity O. Yost. Source:
Marie, In the Shadow of the Lion, by Jerry Piasecki. ©
United Nations, 2001