If you’re unsure how to talk to your child about Kids’ Strike Day on May 3rd, please take a look at some thoughts below!”
“The strength of the people is democracy.The strength of democracy is the people!”
(Based on The Law of the Jungle, from ‘The Jungle Book’, Rudyard Kipling)
As part of the National Curriculum introduced in September 2014, the Government states that our children should be taught about democracy. Democracy means ‘rule by the people‘.
(It comes from the Greek words dêmos, which means people, and krátos which means rule or strength.)
We want to give our children ‘strength,’ we want to show them that we value our democratic rights and that they too have the right to be listened too. By taking part in the Kids’ Strike on 3rd May we are showing our children that as their parents we respect them and ALL children. We want their education to be what’s best for them;
“Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. It must encourage the child’s respect for human rights, as well as respect for their parents, their own and other cultures and the environment”
(UNICEF Convention on the Rights of the Child, Article 29)
Parents will want to act in the best interest of their children and each child is an individual. As parents, you know them best. But it is not wrong to help them to understand that they have a right to be listened to; to let your child have a voice. As far as we know, this campaign is a unique protest from British school children. By staying out of school on the 3rd of May our children are speaking out loud and clear; they are using the ancient democratic rule of law to say “Enough is enough – please listen to us!”
Our Government now has a great opportunity to show that it does prioritise our children.
Our MPs can actively demonstrate to young people that conflict can be resolved through discussion and negotiation. That by keeping an open mind; experience from all fields of education, research and child development can be brought together to deliver meaningful, well considered and child centred policies.