26 November 2012
Last updated at 13:36
Schools around the world have been taking part in a week of live online debates on the theme of 'Use your voice' with Scottish schools also on air on BBC Radio Scotland. At Chitedze CDSS in Malawi, pupils wrote about problems they face, and what they have done to try to fight back where they live: "During rainy season when the rivers are flooded, students are not able to go to school or when coming back from school they are not able to cross the rivers - this leads to a high school drop-out rate and early marriages because students spend most of the times at home during this period... Action - During climate change project implementation, so many trees have been planted and neighbouring schools and the communities are emulating from us."
Unemployment was a concern to pupils from Collegi Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain: "This is happening in Spain: banks remove people from their homes if mortgages cannot be paid, but if people (unemployed, poor people) are removed from their homes, where would they go?" Washwood Heath Technology College in Birmingham, UK, replied: "You have bankruptcy whilst we have recession. In the UK it is now becoming very difficult to get a job even if you have the qualifications." Concerns about unemployment were voiced by other schools as the debate went on.
Students from Upton-by-Chester High School in Chester, UK said: "We would like to thank BBC World Class for giving us this opportunity to talk with students across the globe. Together we have learnt there are common issues across the world like litter and unemployment. We can find global solutions for global issues, because together we are stronger. As young people we should share our voice globally and we should all try to make a difference in the world."
DRR Texter Clan from the Eastern Samar province in the Philippines had this to say on the topic of recycling: "We are also involved in environmental sanitation and protection. One of our activities is to recycle waste material like papers which we used as a project material in school, waste segregation and recycling. We do not only recycle paper but we also conduct regular coastal clean-up and tree growing. We were also trained on how to recycle or transform waste materials into some useful things which we could sell such as door mats made from old clothes, bags from tetra pack, curtains made from candy wrappers among others."
St Mary's CEP School in Folkestone, UK were kind enough to send us these images of what they like to do outside school. During the week Salima from Waid Academy in Fife, Scotland, reminded us that 'free time' can mean different things to different people: "Outside school I don't have a lot of free time because I am a young carer for my mum. I have to do things like filling in forms and managing money. When I do have free time I like to spend it with my friends but this doesn't always happen because of my responsibilities at home."
Wunshan Senior High School in Taiwan were involved in our 'Outside School' debate on Wednesday and had this to say: "The top three things students do outside of school are going to cram schools, playing basketball and dancing or playing musical instruments. In Taiwan, students have to study a lot so they have to get up to study every day. Therefore, they don't think they have much free time. They think if they can change, they don't want to go to cram schools anymore and they want to try something new instead."
Khaitan Public School from Sahiababad, India, sent us great comments throughout the week even though they were off school on holiday for Diwali! They had this to say about what they get up to outside of school: "Most of the pupils would like more time for Facebook, want to eat unlimited amounts of junk food, more time to play with friends, more sports and not have to go to tuition classes."
Makassed Ali Ben Abi Taleb School in the Lebanon made an interesting argument for 'Use your voice': "When adults tackle such issues in our country, they hardly try to avoid offending the different conflicting groups and sects. Whereas, our children are able to accept other's point of views and express their own ideas without hesitation or fear. Hence, we should take our children's voices and suggestion more into consideration for they represent our future generation. Their voices represent the image of innocence, sincerity, and care for the security and peace of the whole human race all around the world."
Inspired by young activist Malala, Colegio Newland in Queretaro, Mexico, thought about the problems some girls face in Pakistan. They sent in these photos. The message says, "I'm a woman, and I have the same voice as you."
LSA Technology and Performing Arts College in Lancashire, UK sent us these fantastic drawings during the week. We also heard from Providence High School in USA - Ashton writes: "We are so lucky to have access to all of the technology that we do have, however, I believe that we have lost that essential connection between other human beings because of this. Technology has made it too easy to talk to one another, to come in contact with one another, to have a real relationship with someone. Technology has caused us to lose that essential aspect of human interaction. It is sad because, we, as humans, strive to evolve and change for the better, but it is through this evolving and new discoveries that has caused us to lose that one part of ourselves that makes us who we truly are." It's all been part of International Education Week, in partnership with the British Council.