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4. Make sure you give examples and specific information as evidence to support your ideas.
5. Reference any sources of information including websites AND hyperlink back to sites where you have gained information from. This is not a competition to see who write the most. We are looking for your ability to collaborate on and summerise the global issue. Again - use hyperlinks to external sites that help explain information in more depth.


Ema- my blog is at-, with the resources from the amnesty international website & wikipedia


Global Issue

1. Brief description of the issue.

Child soldiers or military use of children can take in three distinct forms: children can take a direct part in being a child soldier, or they can be used in support roles such as porters, spies, messengers, look outs, and sexual slaves; or they can be used for political advantage either as human shields or in propaganda. They can be recruited by manipulation or may be driven to join armed forces and groups because of poverty or discrimination. Once they are recruited or forced into the service, they are used for a variety of purposes, like the examples above. Children could be recruited for several reason. For instance where the countries are already poor, war tends to disintegrate their ecomnomic and social conditions, thus forcing families into further ecnomic hardership. Cosequently they would join armed forces or groups to secure thier daily food and survival.

Write THREE questions starting with "What if.....?" about "your global issue."

  • What if there is a way in solving this globall issue, would those country still have child soldiers?
  • What if those child soldiers form a group against the militans and plans a pay back, would it work, what would they do & how would they do it?
  • What if there is a solution to this global issue that involves many human being and a lot of sacrifices, e.g dying, are we prepare/agree to do this?

- Brainstorm and explain why the world should care about this issue.

We should care about this issue because...
  • as they say "the children is our future".
  • it is absolutly against the human rights.

("Article 4- No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.
Article 5- No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
Article 12- No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.")

  • children shouldn't be exploit in this kind of situation.
  • children should definitely be studying as it is a good foundation to their future, instead of doing this crap (being a child soldier).

2. Why do you consider this a global issue? (Who does it affect? Where is it occurring? What proportion of the world is affected or will be affected in the future?)

We consider this global issue because it effects the children and their families because the children have been taken away from them. This is also a global issue because it occurs around the world.
Some examples are in:

  • Africa it has the largest number of child soldiers. Child soldiers are being used in armed conflict in Burundi, Cote d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda.

  • In Europe under-18s are believed to be involved in a range of armed groups in the Chechen Republic of the Russian Federation.

  • In Asia thousands of children are involved in fighting forces in active conflict and ceasefire situations. Myanmar is unique in the region, as the only country where government armed forces forcibly recruit and use children between the ages of 12 and 18. Child soldiers also exist in Afghanistan, India, Indonesia, Laos and Philippines, where they are mainly associated with armed opposition groups, factional or clan-based groups or groups composed of ethnic or religious minorities. In Sri Lanka, hundreds or thousands of children are believed to remain in the ranks of the main opposition force and forcible recruitment continues.

  • In the Middle East child soldiers are reportedly used in Iran, Iraq, and Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories and in tribal groups in Yemen. In Latin America up to 14,000 children are estimated to be involved with armed political groups and army-backed paramilitaries in Colombia

3. What are some of the different opinions/perspectives on the issue? (Give examples, evidence and pictures to support your answers above)

4. Why are there different opinion/perspectives on the issue? (Give examples, evidence and pictures to support your answers above)

There are different opinion/perspectives on this issue because the children either are forced or have voulantary joined as a child soldier.
People think that being a child soldier is bad because the kids are being forced into doing it without any chance of saying yes or no whereas the people who want to join are joining because of war,social, community and family structures are frequently ravaged , join to survive,desire to avenge the killing of relatives and Poverty and lack of access to educational or work opportunities are also major factors so the people think it would be a good idea to join because the children will benefit from the experience.
That is why there are different opinion/perspectives because on one hand being forced becoming a child soldier is wrong and bad but on the other hand the people that volunteer to join are wanting to do it for their own reasons which seem good/right for them.

5. What are your individual opinions on the issue? (each group memeber comments about this)
  • My opinion on this issue is that it's a straight-up cruelty to those poor children!!!!!. They (people who are taking those poor kids) should be ahamed of themselves!!!!.>:( However i'm thankfull for those who are trying to and actually doing something in order to prevent this global issue.:)

  • My opinion on this global issue is that I support it if the children are doing to take advantage of the opportunity but if they are forced into it then I disagree beacuse its going against their will. For example some children join because they are promised income but the girls are at risk of rape, sexual harassment and abuse and abusing their human rights. Therefore I am in in the middle of the continum of strongly agree with this global issue and strongly disagree.

6. What are some of the solutions to solve this global issue?

Some solutions to solve this global issue is to arrest the people who are forcing the kids into becoming child soldiers. If this happenes then it would scare the people into becoming prisoners.
Another solution is instead of being a child soldier as a way to get income,escape domestic servitude or enforced marriage or get away from domestic violence, exploitation and abuse,for power, political reasons or to honour family tradition. The goverment should offer some other ways to gain income that is not so dangerous, arrest the people who are resulting to domestic violence and abuse, another way to give the children power but in politics so it would benefit their country and to encourage them that it's good to listen to family but should also listen to reason to NOT join.

7. Who should carry out the solution(s)?

Child soldiers in Colombia

We think that we (the children) could help to carry out the solution that would solve this global issue because we don't want any other of our peers to suffer (children around the world) anymore . For example we could design petitions that asks for laws that will make child soldiers illegal. We could also write letters to the goverment requesting that they s
Child soldiers in Cngo
hould consider taking action to overcome this global issus. Because if the children today were at risk of not surviving tomorrow then we will not be able to make the future a success as we are the future because we wouldnt be good role modles for the younger ones if we allowed this global issue to happen . What kind of a better future allows the human rightsto be taken away from youth . Therefore the kids around the world should carry out this solution as it is effecting all of us and what the future holds for us as we get older. The goverment should be the major who would carry out this solution as it is this global issue that will turn their country upside and it is there fellow leaders who will be effected and also they can make laws that would make child soldiers illegal and also they have the ability to support the children like suppling them an education. So they should stop this global issue if they want a good outcome in life for their country and residents.

8. Imagine your group is in charge of deciding what the world should do about the issue. Brainstorm the ways that you would solve your global issue. Justify your choice. (You will need to work together on this)//

Ways that the world could solve this global issue is to penalise or arrest the militants/army soldiers who are pushing or abducting the children into becoming a child soldiers. For example they, the government,