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Human rights group visits Bowman High

Posted: May 1, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 1, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Bowman High students pose with Kony 2012 posters. Bowman High students pose with Kony 2012 posters.
Bowman High students pose with Kony 2012 posters.

Bowman High School students recently learned about human rights offenses in Uganda as part of an assembly featuring Invisible Children, a relief organization.

Bowman teacher John McCarthy arranged for the visit, which taught students about Joseph Kony, a man who has been targeted for his human rights violations in Africa.

The students got to meet Gabriel, a young man who grew up in a rural part of Uganda. Where Gabriel grew up, sleeping in the jungle outside the village was a necessity for children to avoid being kidnapped and forced to fight for Kony and his army, known as the Lord’s Resistance Army, he told students.

“You never expect to hear that going on in the world,” student Caridad Rojas said. “It makes people realize how good we have it here. We’re lucky we don’t have to be away from our parents by force.”

Students were also given the opportunity to call their local representatives to tell them how important this issue is to them. This exercise let students learn how to participate in the democratic process and have their voices heard.

“It was an invaluable lesson for the students to participate and feel like they were involved in a global issue,” teacher Maggie Harbour said. “It made them feel like their opinion mattered, and they do have the ability to spur change in this country and around the world making them better global citizens.”

Student Landon Sorenson was one of the first to make a phone call to Congressmen Howard  “Buck” McKeon’s office. Landon said about the call: “I was really nervous, but it built my confidence to talk to people in the government. It made me feel like I was making a difference.”


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