Monday, December 21, 2009

The Power of Student Voice in a Video

I just came across this video. Another that really drives home the idea of the power of student voice. In the clip a 12-year-old Canadian girl speaks to the United Nations about environmental issues from a youth perspective and left them completely silent and speechless for five minutes.

This speech was given in 1992, at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, yet, it is all still relevant today. At the age of nine, Severn Cullis-Suzuki founded the Environmental Children’s Organization (ECO), a group of children dedicated to learning and teaching other kids about environmental issues.

Unlike the world when Severn gave this presentation in 1992, today's 21st century students are fortunate to have what Marco Torres refers to as "the global stage" which describes the worldwide publishing potential now offered by the Internet. What messages do your students have to share with the world? How are you helping your students publish their ideas, hopes, dreams...

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