Today we wrap our in-focus series on Ishaan with a short anecdote about his first experience of speaking about slavery.
, a day most awaited by the students and the teachers alike.
For everyone wondering who governors actually are, they are like a board of directors basically a group of men and women who oversee the school and have four pivotal roles: that is to give the school a clear vision and strategic direction while taking care of the financial aspects ensuring that the school’s money is well spent. Basically they are very important people for the school Administration and the students.
During the ceremony the deputation (which is the group of governors), spend the day at school participating in events having lunch with students and getting a perspective into the typical day of a boy at school.
April 2017 Ishan was asked to speak about human trafficking and slavery to the governors boys and staff present while touching upon the Dawson project which was the project that started his website and work on tackling human trafficking.
This was his first speech on human trafficking ever, he was extremely nervous, the head and Deputy head governors sat on tall blue chairs, alongside the headmaster with the blue coloured gowns and there were around 200 people sitting in pin drop silence in the hall.
For him, this was his first chance to spread awareness and to educate every single person in that room about this awful crime and how it is degrading to humanity. He shed some facts on human trafficking, how his website was born, he also talked about how the project allowed him to grow, he stated that the “project developed a side of him side of me that had never existed before”.
This was all about our first Young Change-Maker in-focus who is making a difference in the society.
We would like to thank Ishaan for being such a sport and being readily available whenever we reached out to him. We wish him all the luck, and more power to him. To end this series with Ishaan's tip on 'How can you help in the fight against Slavery and Human Trafficking?'
Here are his ‘Top 5 Tips’ on how you can get involved in combating this barbaric crime:
1) Ensure you are aware of the issue by looking at the 'What is Slavery?'
section on this website.
2) Educate your friends, families and communities about this issue and how it is still existing today.
3) Meet with or write to your local councillors to show them you care about combating human trafficking and ask what they are doing to address it.
4) Be a conscientious consumer. Ask where you tomatoes are picked from, where the cotton in your hotel bed sheets came from and who made your clothes. Encourage companies to take steps to investigate and prevent human trafficking in their supply chains and to then publish this information for their consumers. Raise your voice, make yourself heard!
5) Finally, social media is a great tool in the hands of the wrong people. Perpetrators and traffickers will use social media to victimise you, so stay safe and be aware of your E-Saftey!
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