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DEVELOPMENT

YOU SEEN SEVERAL YOUTH TACKLE DEVELOPMENT ISSUES – NOW WE LOOK AT SOMEONE SPECIAL.

Very special.

One morning at breakfast, looking for comics in the newspaper, I came across an article showing a boy in a red jacket …

I had never heard of child labor, and I didn’t know where Pakistan was on the world map, but I new I had to act.

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Many adults want to hide the suffering in the world from their children. But children know that not everything is okay in the world, and they wish to help. What children need is knowledge about solutions, what works, and some guidance and support.

Seeing young people that have survived extraordinary challenges, speak and smile, teaches them about their own innate strength to overcome challenges in their own lives. And as they experience their power to heal the world, they also heal their own hearts.

And once our eyes are open, we are responsible to take action.

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Each of us is an expert on school. We’ve all been to school. We know what students and cool teachers like.

Have a good look at what happens when a boy passionate about an issue we all care about presents at school, in front of adults, in media.

What a legend! We all owe him so much.

1. His show “Shameless Idealists” has dissolved stupid behavior ridiculing caring young people, our finest, as “eco-sluts” and “treehuggers”, perceiving them as trouble makers, telling them to instead focus on their B in chemistry. Craig has made activism cool before people saw young changemakers on the internet.

Craig is the ultimate champ at mobilizing young people to help children around the globe through development projects, and he has even done more, which few people are aware of.
2. Craig has established “creating a good world for all” as service-learning and integral part of learning culture at now 16,000 schools – powered by students, backed by caring teachers.

That is enormous, and yet to be achieved by anyone else on Earth. It’s not in your town. So, catch up! His wildly successful model has broken the ground for changemaker student clubs everywhere on Earth – and he shows us how it works. Use his Action Guide, to activate WE School programs and more.

More than 16.000 schools have already understood this. They participate in the WE Schools program with year-round teacher- and student club-powered activities.

Tens of thousands of 12- to 15-year olds hear of children in bonded labour, verbally and physically abused, of child soldiers that had to gun down their own friends, of villages burned to the ground … and like Craig, these ordinary students shamelessly affirm their feelings, values, where they stand – and rise to take steps to end the suffering. And they experience their agency, progress and success! This is what grows responsible character and fortitude.

Participating classes set milestones for a classroom, a well, a mini clinic, alternative income programs, and together, they complete a village.
And then, there’s the hands-on part of volunteering overseas – studying global issues, building schools, meeting the mamas, mentoring kids, making friends, expanding horizons beyond what a tourist holiday could ever teach.
When we said we wanted to liberate child labourers, adults said it was hopeless, impossible. We did not listen to them. We liberated hundreds of children.

When we said they needed schools, adults said it was hopeless, impossible. We did not listen to them. Today, our teams at schools are building a new classrooms and schools every single week, 800 to-date.

Banish the terms hopeless and impossible from your vocabulary. Craig & Marc Kielburger, We Day

MORE THAN

DOLLARS RAISED FOR KIDS IN VULNERABLE SITUATIONS

Sensational!! Yet – only the beginning!!

Inspired by their experience in the receiving communities,

  • these people are so happy, despite their poverty
  • why? Because they are giving so much, loving so much!
  • in affluent Canada, youth suffer from so much sadness, depression, bullying, violence, shaming, suicide …

“We have to bring this spirit to Canada”, Craig and Marc decided, and launched a second initiative, ME TO WE

  • complementing their classic development work overseas
  • for sustainable development in Canada; to heal the people and restore inner and outer peace, joy and abundance

 

Plus, they decided,

“We need an event to unite youth action crews to experience their community, celebrate their achievements, and fuel up for a next year of action.” They called it – WE Day! 

WE Day has become an annual field trip for student clubs and accompanying teachers, uniting hundreds of thousands of active students with sports, music and societal celebrities to share stories, celebrate achievements, learn on newly emerging global issues and kick off a new year of action.

“Never let anyone tell you we cannot change the world.
We can!”

If my 7th grade teacher, Mr. Fedrigoni had not given me the chance to speak to my class …

Teachers are our young generation’s most important allies. They decide whether our youth can grow up learning about local and global issues and how to solve them, how to protect and restore the world we love.

You cannot buy a ticket to WE Day. You earn it through service, by taking a local and a global action.

SCHOOLS INVOLVED IN 2017

YOUTH ENGAGED IN WE SCHOOLS 2017

WE DAY ATTENDANTS IN 2017

ORGANIZATIONS SUPPORTED IN 2017

VOLUNTEERING HOURS IN 2017

$ RAISED AT WE SCHOOLS IN 2017

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OF TEACHERS feel more professionally fulfilled

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OF TEACHERS discover new leadership skills in their students

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OF STUDENTS experience higher self-confidence

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OF STUDENTS volunteer for their favorite causes

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OF STUDENTS feel a stronger connection to their local community

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OF STUDENTS are more likely to stand up for others who are discriminated against

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OF ALUMNI volunteer & donate to charity annually

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OF ALUMNI eligible vote in elections

Today, they have merged both FTC and METOWE into WE, with WE Schools, WE Day, WE Villages, WE Familes and more, all interconnected and supporting a common goal, to create a good world for children.
They have just opened the WE Global Learning Centre, a hub for schools to meet for seminars, a place for international skype conferences, and a training centre for youth to learn social entrepreneurship.

What’s happening in your city, your country ?

This is happening on Planet Earth, and it should happen near you.

Get going!