Isaac G.

End Child Soldiers

Many children have been forced to be soldiers against their will. Many of them die in battle. Since 2001, the participation of child soldiers has been reported in 21 on-going or recent armed conflicts in almost every region of the world.Children are especially vulnerable to recruitment by military leaders because they aren't mature enough to understand. They are easily manipulated and can be forced to go into violence that they are too young to resist. We need to help these children.

My Hexagon shows a teddy bear that represents childhood. He should be played with by a child, but the he is holding a gun. It shows how children are fighting in wars instead of playing with toys like a teddy bear. Children shouldn’t have to fight in wars. I used a symbol of childhood and showed how he was forced to be in battle. The dark background was to make the situation look sad. I used Google Images, Adobe Fireworks, and Microsoft Word to complete this image.


Abby Y.
In my drawing I used colored pencils, markers, and pen and ink. I used these utensils because for the colored pencil I can lightly shade or color in some outside pictures. For the markers I outlined big parts to stand out and for the child in my picture, I used pen and ink to make the sketch effect on the sheet of paper. I chose this media to show that some kids don’t even have a single pencil to draw or to write in school.

This lack of children education problem is most prevalent in a country called, Nigeria in Africa. Around 7.5 percent of the world’s children are out of school. Children should be able to learn and be able to get an education. Children can grow and be successful for the future. Luckily, global initiatives are being done to address this issue. Unicef, and The Commonwealth Education Fund are currently helping. Unicef and The Commonwealth Education collect money in the simplest ways to end countries lacking education. They send pencils and supplies for schools to use. The little things we take advantage for, some countries don’t even have.

In my picture I put supplies that are used in need at schools. With the supplies they can use them to learn, write and express their ways of learning. I also put the alphabet. Learning simple things first could make a big change to a child’s life.  Everyone deserves to have the choice of learning and to start off there future positively. 


    Emily Erickson Cook

    _National Board Certified Art Teacher
    Technology Specialist Endorsed
    Curriculum and Instruction M.Ed

    I teach middle school art in the suburban Chicago area. This project has allowed my eighth grade students to confront global issues and to have an artistic voice that expresses their concerns and passions that one day just might change the world.

    Amy Weiss

    Global Perspectives Teacher
    World History, U.S. History, and Social Studies Endorsed
    Curriculum and Instruction M.Ed

    I teach with Emily Cook in a Chicago suburban school. While my students have learned about global issues in the past, this project allowed them to see that these are not problems that people in other places in the world have to deal with, but rather, that these are world problems, and since we all have a civic responsibility to the world, these are our problems too.


    March 2013
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    Child Soldiers
    Endangered Species