Young people are 50% more likely to believe the world is becoming a better place than older generation, according to the Changing Childhood report, which was released by children’s charity UNICEF. This resources pack includes an article from The Week Junior magazine, along with a sheet of activities designed to get children thinking, talking and writing about what the story means to them.
Should we now put an upper age limit on our nations’ leaders to ensure that the positivity of youth is channelled into the decisions that are made on behalf of us all? Isn’t it better to have our future direction decided by those who are going to have to live through it? Or do we still need the wisdom and experience of older generations? And is it insulting to think that people over the age of, say, 60, cannot lead us towards a better future? What do you think?
Imagine you are running for election to be a Member of Parliament. Write a speech, outlining the three biggest changes to society you would make if you were in power.
What is the world going to be like in 50 years’ time? Describe three big changes that you think you will see in your lifetime.
Read a summary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). Choose the five rights that you think are the most important and list them in order, starting with the one that you feel matters most to you.
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What is The Week Junior?
The Week Junior magazine looks at current affairs and helps children make sense of the world, provides context and clarity to complex issues, improves general knowledge and encourages discussion and debate.
To find out more about The Week Junior and to download its free resources, please go to https://schools.theweekjunior.co.uk.