Tuesday August 21, 2012
Children speak up on social problems
YEAR Six pupils of Fairview International School of Penang thought long and hard about serious social issues during a two-day exhibition.
The general theme of the event was ‘children worldwide facing challenges and risks’, and the pupils met the challenge.
A total of 20 pupils divided themselves into seven groups and came up with topics on child soldiers, child neglect, physical abuse, street children, poverty, forced labour and child brides.
According to Thievya Munusamy, 12, child bride marriages is an international issue which not many know about.
“Some girls are married off too young. They are abused and mistreated when they do not become pregnant.” said Thievya.
Her partner Doris Koay Yee Thong, 12, recounted a true life story of Sahar Gul, an Afghanistan bride forced into marriage when she was only 15.
“She was tortured by her husband and in-laws because she failed to become pregnant.
“They inflicted various scars on her body and face. In the end, her husband and in-laws were sentenced to a 10-year jail term.” said Doris.
The children later presented a short multimedia video, a compilation of clips made by them about child marriages and the abuse of young brides.
Year Six homeroom teacher Erin Ju said: “We’ll try to make the students utilise their skills and to apply more medium in their presentation, such as written materials and multimedia slides.
“This exhibition is an interactive session meant to help the students develop confidence in speaking to an audience,” said Ju.