I have the best job ever.
Yesterday, as I tweeted, I witnessed 15,000 students become inspired at We Day Saskatchewan.
We Day is an event created by Marc and Craig Kielburger, who founded Free the Children. They bring together youth from all over the region to inspire them to make changes in their community, as well as globally.
I imagined that the changes we were going to hear about were going to be “start a charity” or something wonderful, yet unobtainable. The changes they were going for were small — start small and dream big.
One theme that emerged was that everyone has a spark. Sparks alone are good, but several sparks together can create a blazing fire that makes change. They empowered us to find ways we can start to create change in our community.
One of their national campaigns is We Are Silent. This April 19th, Free the Children is challenging students to be completely silent in support of global issues. They should be loud on social media, but silent in person. I am planning on supporting this campaign, but I haven’t quite figured out how I will teach without speaking a word. More to follow.
All in all, I’m glad to see that some of the students who went were buzzing with ideas for change this morning. It is important to teach our students to be good citizens, and so far, it’s working!