Literacy, Health Care and Human Rights Presentation at Elm Creek School
On Friday, February 27th, we had three guest speakers come and speak to Elm Creek School students on the topic: “Literacy in NOT a Human Right for Everyone and Neither is Health Care” and the “Backpacks 4 Sierra Leone – Helping Carry Education” program! The speakers, recent immigrants to Canada from Sierra Leone, were: Mrs. Melrose Koineh (a teacher and women’s resource centre director), Esther Banya (a registered nurse), and Esther’s son, Kugbe (a Grade 6 student).
They talked about the struggle and suffering people of Sierra Leone deal with every day. The three speakers explained how people in some parts of the world are denied human rights and that as Canadians we are fortunate to have our human rights! They also talked about the Ebola disease and how many people suffer from it every day.
At the end of the presentation, the UNESCO team and school community presented 15 backpacks (full of school supplies) they had gathered through donations and thanked the guests with a small speech., too. It was sad to hear about how much struggle is around us. But the presentation also gave us somewhat of a “reality check” to think about what we can do to help others. It also made us realize that we are lucky to be free, healthy and Canadian!
– Written by: Casidy & Hailey, Grade 9 – Elm Creek School