Mobile phones and children’s rights – “following the golden thread”

This activity (designed for young people 10 and up) aims to connect our use of mobile phones to child trafficking in Peru.  More precisely, it will:

  • Help students become aware that our overconsumption of mobile phones has social and environmental consequences in the Global South. It empowers young people by showing them that everyone can get easily involved - by extending the lifespan of their mobile phones, by recycling old phones and by spreading the word about it.
  • Help students become responsible consumers and citizens.

There are two versions of this activity: One for primary education (7/8P) and for post-compulsory education. The workshop, lasting 1h30, revolves around:

  • Phone manufacturing – The students are led to take a phone apart in order to discover its components, including gold;
  • Children’s rights - From a list of statements, students must identify 12 of the rights of the child;
  • The social and environmental impact of gold mining in Peru – With the help of videos, photos and a role-playing game, students will talk about human costs and potential solutions to uphold children’s rights in Peruvian Amazonia.

A debriefing at the end of the workshop will enable a discussion about practical actions these young people can take here and now to commit to a fairer world. For instance, we offer students the possibility to become ambassadors within their school by organising a mobile phone collection. This gives them an opportunity to organise a practical action if they felt inspired or affected by the presentation.

For more information: activity for primary schools – activity for secondary schools

During the activity we show students a short clip of the report ‘Temps présent’, originally broadcasted in November 2010 on the RTS. Click here to view it.

This educational workshop has been approved by the Department of the Public Education of the State of Geneva. It also has the financial support of the Foundation Barbour and the Foundation Gelbert.