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Pens Up Canes Down (Prioritising Education and Prohibiting Corporal Punishment)

Ibrahim S Bangura
Posted August 15, 2021 from Sierra Leone
Expired on November 2, 2021
Pens Up Canes Down (Prioritising Education and Prohibiting Corporal Punishment)
No child deserves to be punished for not answering a question in school or for bad handwritings. Why asking a school child to kneel down in the hurting burning sun for coming late to school? Why asking colleagues school children to provoke another school child for not solving a particular maths question correctly? Corporal punishment, emotional punishment and intellectual punishment is on the increase. Let's raise our voices against violence against children.

Greetings to all my World Pulse leaders and sisters across the world, I hope this message reaches you in good faith.

On behalf of my team and the children, I'm reaching out to you all to inform you that my team at Future Leaders Initiative SL have been working on a project titled 'Pens Up Canes Down' for over four months now.

The initiative aimed at ending all forms of violence against children especially corporal punishment in all learning settings by providing effective alternatives to corporal punishment booklets to schools, parents, organise polite parenting community workshops, engage young people through poetry, essay, artwork and debate competition to raise awareness on the issue of corporal punishment, its physical, emotional and psychological effects on children.

This project is very close to my heart because I don't want to see any child experience any form of corporal punishment or child abuse the way I did.
I envision creating a world free from all forms of violence against children.

So, in this year when school resumes in September, my team at (Future Leaders Initiative SL) and I are trying to stage a national poetry and essay writing competition on the theme 'Corporal Punishment Should Be Prohibited in All Schools' for school pupils, from ages as young as 10 to as old as 27 years.

The links below shows our community engagement with community parents, teacher and parents. We are leaving no one behind.
https://youtu.be/rkrLVy3bKhg
https://youtu.be/L5yo5Z5e4Cs
https://youtu.be/s4mr209PKg0

Get Involved

We're raising funds on GofundMe to run the above mentioned competition. Here's the GoFundMe link https://gofund.me/87e2184c

If you could support our GoFundMe by making a donation or sharing it with your network, I would greatly appreciate it. I know that money can be tight, so please know that even $5 helps me get closer to my goal! Let me know if you have any questions and I’ll be happy to answer them.

Much love from me, my team and the children.

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Jill Langhus
Aug 16
Aug 16

Hi Ibrahim,

Thanks for sharing your lovely photo, initiative, and fundraiser. Good luck! Let us know how it goes.

Ibrahim S Bangura
Aug 16
Aug 16

Hello Jill, long time. Good to hear form you. I hope you are doing fine and keeping safe as well. Thank you for the comment! Sure, I will keep you all posted. World Pulse is my home now and you all here are my unique family. ☺️

Jill Langhus
Aug 18
Aug 18

Yes. Yes, I'm quite well, thanks. How are you?

You're very welcome.

Great. Yes, it is:-)