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Born to be Free resource set

The Born to be Free Connection is supported by a set of resources. This range of educational tools assist educators to engage their students with the issue of child labour.

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Website section summaries

The Born to be Free Connection has five student-friendly educational sections that provide a stimulating way to explore the issue of child labour. Read the information below to help get started with planning an exciting learning adventure.

Child labourers   Working hard   Online expert   Simulation game   Stop child labour

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Child labourers

Focus: Learning about child labour through the lives of three ex-child labourers – Arvind (8 years old), Priya (12 years old) and Sudarmathi (14 years old).

Activities: Read stories, view photo albums, send * and read online postcards.

Working hard

Focus: Understanding more about the types of work child labourers do including making beedis (cigarettes), coir rope, bricks, and matches, also rock breaking, plus agricultural and domestic work.

Activities: Read information, view photo albums, do puzzle photos, complete the Work quiz and vote in the opinion poll.

Online expert

Focus: Opportunity to find answers to student questions, through online access to Reena – child rights expert from India (Term 1 and 2, 2006 only), and her specially prepared handbook.

Activities: Ask Reena a question * during Term 1 and 2, 2006, view Reena's answers to questions, read Reena's Child Labour Handbook of 10 FAQ relating to the issue of child labour – includes photos, graphics and web links to other sources of information.

Additional info: Classes, groups or individual students submit their questions in blocks of five. The questions are displayed by school and by class/group so the questions can be located easily.

Simulation game

Focus: Eliminate – child labour is a decision-making learning experience.

Activity: Students step into the shoes of a social worker with the goal of eliminating child labour. They are given a caseload of eight children based on real-life situations in South India. The game simulates taking serious action against child labour, deepening understanding.

Additional info: This game is suitable for 10 years and older.

Tips for using Elimate – child labour pdf

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Stop child labour

Focus: Discovering the four-step holistic approach used by the Born to be Free project staff to set children free from child labour.

Activities: Read Settu's story, experiment with the three calculator challenges and send postcards * to the Young Pillars club, plus options for students to take action to stop child labour.