09 hum street children_bangkok speech_16narissakDocument Transcript
Narissa Kunkudatharn 9B Orange House Bangkok Street Children Good morning everyone, If you are frequent driver on the busy streets of Sukhumvit andKlongToey you have probably experienced little boys and girls knocking on your window, holding outtheir palms and asking you to spare them some change, while some try to sell little bouquets offlowers to you or try to wash your window with grimy window cleaner. You have probably neverspared them a second glance. Maybe now it’s time that you should. No child enjoys risking their livesin rushing traffic begging for a few bahts so they can buy some food to satisfy their hunger no childbecomes a street child because he or she wants it. Circumstances push them to the street and keepthem there, denying them of their basic needs and rights. The UN describes the street child as “‘anyboy or girl… for whom the street in the widest sense of the word… has become his or her habitualabode and/or source of livelihood, and who is inadequately protected, supervised, or directed byresponsible adults”. Unfortunately this statement is also true for children who live with their familieson the streets and face the same risks. Based on the data collected by Friends International in arecent snapshot survey conducted on 5 days over a period of a year, the survey teams met anaverage of 175 street children from ages of 0-18 years per day. Some of these, 42% were streetworking children, 23% were street living children while 35% were children of street families orbegging babies with their mother. Out of these 41% were female while the other 59% are male. Avariety of circumstances push these children on to the streets ranging from poverty, economicreasons, family problems, domestic violence and sick parents. Out on the streets, they have to facemore dangers while state welfare is pretty much nonexistent. 88% of these children have spentmore than 1 year on the streets of Bangkok. 87% have had to quit school while 15% have beenvictims of sexual abuse. Ladies and Gentlemen it is time to change these circumstances. It is time toafford them the protection that you provide to your child. Since there so many children on the street it is important that we empower them with toolsthat will help them make the right choices. These choices will provide them with brighter future. As arecipient of an excellent education in NIST, I would like to suggest that we learn to give back to ourcommunity by offering twice a week non formal education and sports programs on the grounds ofNIST, conducted by NIST seniors under the guidance of teachers, after school hours. This community program has multiple benefits. First, it will stimulate a desire for learning inthe children. It will also help provide skills and knowledge in an academic environment by peers andelders with whom they can communicate more easily. The program will afford protection by keepingchildren off the streets for some time as they acquire new skills that will empower them withknowledge, so that they can help themselves from being abused or trafficked. This will allow thechildren develop a sense of stability, pride, dignity while receiving valuable mentoring. Therefore,this program will provide the crucial support needed to help these children be reintegrated back intothe public school system. In return of the NIST community it becomes a place where learning is nurtured andtreasured and its students learn to take positive action to make this city and the world the betterplace it can be. Street children are not only a common site on the streets of Bangkok. Unfortunately theyare all to present in countries such as Thailand, India, Cambodia, Philippines, Brazil, and many more
Narissa Kunkudatharn 9B Orange Housewhere the divide between the haves and the have-nots is extremely wide. Another sad twist is thatthe governing processes in most nations ignore them instead of providing them with their basicneeds and rights. Every child comes into this world deserving the same opportunities. Governmentsall over world should provide social welfare and means so that each family and each child can findshelter and protection when they are unable to do so themselves. Each city should have homelessand fee housing plans so that slums can never take route and children don’t have to roam dangerousstreets to fill their stomachs. Every nation should realize that when no one is left behind the entirenation moves forward our humanity should allow us to reach out and become connected. Throughstrong connections we can create strong communities in which no child has to live on or off thestreets. A NIST non –formal education and sports program for street children is a positive first stepin this direction.
Narissa Kunkudatharn 9B Orange House Key Questions Proposal for Community Service ProjectDescribe your community service My proposal is to:project.Bring the children to school at leasttwice a week Let the children have more education not only in English, Humanities, science and math, but also in PeExplain why it is important. My proposal is necessary because…Every child needs to learn even if it is fora little while and to let them have anunderstanding of what is to be in school. If a child doesn’t learn then there whole life would be difficult and different from other people.List the outcomes that you are hoping to My project will…achieve.To let those kids learn a lot and have abright future. Hopefully get some education into those kids head and let them have an experience to learn/ study.List the obstacles you might face and the Problems I might face are: Solution to the problems are:solutions you have thought of 1. Administration won’t allow this I could maybe only allow them to happen Administration won’t allow this to happen in one room maybe in the old building and let them stay there all the time. I could have teacher support or senior students could help out.2. Table to support the draft of my speech
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