International Day of Democracy: Ways to Celebrate at Home (page 2)

International Day of Democracy: Ways to Celebrate at Home

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Updated on Sep 14, 2011

Global Democracy: Start or Participate in a Movement

12-year-old Craig Kielburger began in 1995 with 11 friends and a mission:  to fight child labor across the world. He had seen a news story about a young Pakistani boy murdered for speaking out against child labor; over 15 years later, his charity is the biggest children-helping-children organization and partners with the UN and Oprah Winfrey’s Angel Network. In its own words, the organization “inspires young people to develop as socially conscious global citizens and become agents of change for their peers around the world.” Kielburger was only 12 when he began, hardly knowing what child labor meant. He is living proof that kids aren’t powerless against the injustices of the world. Encourage your kids to start their own crusades for change or join an existing movement to bring forth a more democratic world.

“On this International Day of Democracy,” says Ban in his 2011 IDD message, “let us redouble our efforts to support all people, in particular the young – the drivers of this year’s momentous events – in making democracy a working reality.” Honor democracy in your home and neighborhood by teaching your kids that they too can make a difference.

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