Students around the world make a stand against modern slavery

Updated 10:31 AM ET, Thu March 17, 2022
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11:33 a.m. ET, March 16, 2022

Students in Nashville spread awareness about human trafficking 

In Tennessee, US, a group of 12th graders at the University School of Nashville are starting the conversation around human trafficking. Along with educating their peers, they have organized a supply drive to support local non-profits, such as Thistle Farms, that help survivors of trafficking. 

Courtesy University School of Nashville
Courtesy University School of Nashville

Watch the whole video here

11:15 a.m. ET, March 16, 2022

What can you do on #MyFreedomDay?

There are plenty of ways to get involved in the fight against modern-day slavery. Check out this Twitter thread for some ideas, take the pledge, and don't forget to share on social media using the hashtag #MyFreedomDay to participate in the global movement!

10:46 a.m. ET, March 16, 2022

A mind map to freedom

At the International School of Belgrade in Serbia, students got creative for #MyFreedomDay in an effort to raise awareness of modern slavery.

Grade 4 thought about what freedom looks, sounds, smells, feels and tastes like. Some said it smells like nature or chocolate chip cookies, while others said it tasted like cupcakes and sounds like people cheering.

Grade 9 wrote personal messages of what freedom means to them, ranging from “the ability to make your own path” to “freedom to be yourself and SMILE.”

10:25 a.m. ET, March 16, 2022

University students work to S.T.O.P. modern slavery

Students at the University of Dayton in Ohio, US, have been teaching high school students about human trafficking.

10:05 a.m. ET, March 16, 2022

'Together we say: "No more"'

In The Gambia, youth empowerment center Jokkolabs Banjul has brought together young people in the capital Banjul to say "no more" slavery.

"Every day, stories of modern-day slavery surround us," says the narrator in a video published by the center. "We're standing up for the children working in the mines of (the Democratic Republic of) Congo; for the children in Ghana's Lake Volta ... and for every person dreaming of a better life in rural Gambia."

Courtesy Jokkolabs Banjul 
Courtesy Jokkolabs Banjul 

Read more: Child slaves risk their lives on Ghana’s Lake Volta

9:36 a.m. ET, March 16, 2022

Protecting the rights of every child

Speaking in both English and Spanish, students from the Benjamin Franklin International School in Barcelona sent out a global message for #MyFreedomDay, listing the rights of children that must be protected.

“Every child has the right to an education.”

“Every child has the right to a safe place to play.”

“Every child has the right to love.”

“Every child has the right to be loved.”

The list went on, piecing together a puzzle in the shape of a human – signifying what it really means to be free.

What freedom means to the students of Barcelona's Benjamin Franklin International School.
What freedom means to the students of Barcelona's Benjamin Franklin International School. Benjamin Franklin International School

9:14 a.m. ET, March 16, 2022

In Kosovo, students bake, make and break in the name of freedom

The Finnish School of Kosovo has gone all-in for My Freedom Day 2022. Students have taken part in a host of activities, including a bake sale and arts and crafts, including breaking the chains of a sculpture made by pupils.

Watch the whole video here

Courtesy Finnish School of Kosovo
Courtesy Finnish School of Kosovo

Courtesy Finnish School of Kosovo
Courtesy Finnish School of Kosovo

Courtesy Finnish School of Kosovo
Courtesy Finnish School of Kosovo

8:39 a.m. ET, March 16, 2022

Social media for good: how one school is using Instagram to educate kids remotely

Over the past 7 years, Hong Kong International School students have led initiatives to raise awareness about the issue of modern slavery. Pandemic restrictions in the region meant students gathered online to share their thoughts on freedom and their #MyFreedomDay pledges remotely.

The school is also using its Instagram to engage students remotely. Using the "Stories" function, the school created an interactive Q&A for students to openly ask questions they have about human trafficking. Through its Instagram stories, the school is also sharing information, resources for students to get more involved, and stories from survivors.