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Tri-County Regional Heritage Fair
Craig Kielburger's Free The Children Me to We
My project is about Canadian Craig Kielburger, the Free The Children charity he began, and the Me to We movement which supports it.
What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?
The most interesting things I learned about my topic are that child labour and slavery still exist, that most of the world does not have the rights and freedoms we in Canada take for granted, that Craig Kielburger was only twelve years old when he began Free The Children, and that his parents actually allowed him to travel to South Asia with only a young chaperone.
What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?
I want all Canadians to realize how fortunate they are, to commit to helping to change the world so that it is better for everyone, and to understand that even small acts matter and can make a big difference.
How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?
The child labourers I studied were sold into slavery by their parents. They endured fear, starvation, disease, beatings, lack of sleep, lack of education, and no hope for a better life. My life is opposite in every way. My parents are highly educated, value education, and work hard to ensure that I have a good education. They treat me with love and respect, keep me safe and healthy, and see that I have many opportunities to travel and participate in extra-curricular activities.