Slavery still exists!

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Many believe that slavery is an ancient phenomenon that is no longer present in our time. However, the media recently reported that 30 million people around the world still live in conditions of slavery today.

Even today, slavery is practiced all over the world. We find slavery in different forms. Forced labor, debt bondage, the use of child soldiers and forced prostitution are examples of this scourge. Obviously, some countries are more affected than others by the problem. In fact, the organization Walk Free recently published a ranking on the conditions of slavery in the world:
“According to this unprecedented survey published in London, India comes first (14 million slaves), followed by China (2.9 million) and Pakistan (over 2 million). Next come Nigeria, Ethiopia, Russia, Thailand, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Burma and Bangladesh. "
Source: Press
The following activities will help to understand where and how slavery occurs.
 


Goals

At the end of the activities, the student will be able to:
- Read and analyze information from a press article;
- Locate certain countries on a world map;
- Understand what modern slavery is by finding a definition in a press article;
- Identify forms of modern slavery and carry out research on one of them;
- Summarize the information gathered during the research on any medium (poster, brochure, PowerPoint presentation, etc.);
- Take note of the testimonies of victims of slavery.
 


Suggested activities

ACTIVITY 1: Slavery in the world

First, ask students what they know about slavery. According to them, is there still slavery in the world today?
Invite them to read the following article:
Still 30 million slaves in the world

Then, on a world map, locate the places mentioned in the article.

Source: National RECIT service of the social universe

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Also, find in the article an excerpt that explains what slavery is today. According to the students, is there slavery in our country? To find out, on the Walk Free website, visit slavery index 2013 to find out where our country is in the count.
Finally, ask the students about certain information contained on this thematic map.
- Why are some countries in gray?
- On which continent is Mauritania located? How many slaves are estimated in this country?
- How many slaves are estimated in Iceland? What rank does this country occupy in the list of 160 countries making up the count?
 

ACTIVITY 2: Modern slavery

For this activity, students should get into teams and do research on one of the forms of slavery common today.
First, as a whole class, identify the different forms of slavery by looking at various sources on the web. Then, the pupils must choose, in teams, a particular type and find various information on this subject by consulting the Web as well as the documentation available at the library.
Finally, they must summarize their findings and share them with the other students using a medium of their choice. For example, they can design a brochure, poster, PowerPoint presentation or with tebeware…
 

For further

As a whole class, discover testimonies from victims of slavery. Read the stories on the site UN Web and discuss each case.


More about the magazine

Thirty million slaves in the world
Article from Liberation.fr of October 17, 2013
Walk Free
Official website of the organization fighting against slavery in the world
Slavery
Wikipedia article
International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
UN website
 

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