By Ron Giofu
Amherstburg Public School will be going silent April 26 even though it will be a regular school day.
The school will be holding its third annual “Vow of Silence” next Wednesday and held a kickoff assembly to promote the event last Thursday morning. The “Vow of Silence” event is being organized by the Grade 7 classes taught by Melisa Mulcaster and Joanie Cotter.
“We’re going to be silent for the day,” explained student Erica Ayres. “We’re going to be silent for those less fortunate and those who don’t have access to basic human rights or clean water.”
“We are falling silent to give others a voice,” added classmate Breanna Lee. “Sometimes we take our human rights for granted.”
Lee noted that children in third world countries don’t have the same privileges they do with Ayres adding that some children in poor countries have to walk kilometres to get water that might not even be clean.
“People think that because you’re one person, it won’t make a difference, but it will,” said Ayres.
The Grade 7 classes showed the rest of the school a video showing those who are bullied and those in poorer countries need to have a voice.
“First world problems aren’t problems,” said Lee.
The classes are also trying to raise money to support two children they sponsor in Uganda through the Save African Child Uganda (SACU) program. Through the sale of T-shirts, they hope to allow the children – named Ronald and Hadijah – to stay in their Ugandan village and get an education.
Ingrid Heugh, a retired Amherstburg Public School teacher who now volunteers with SACU, said SACU now educates 145 students in Uganda. The students are fed breakfast and lunch each day.
Heugh said the children in Uganda want to be educated and that SACU is trying to help them.
“We all have rights because we are human,” said Heugh.