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March 17, 2015
by 20battyr

The Rights of The Children

Recently a court trial was held in London debating whether child labour should be banned. Some of the notable people attending was Mr Adam Turner , Mr Fred Ward, Dr. Harry Smith and Dr. Henry Jones . Presently the Judge has not declared her decision about the matter, but it should come fairly quickly. The prosecutions stunned the crowd with their critiques on food, punishments, living conditions, pay and much more. The Defense also notably stunned their crowd with evidence that conflicted with the prosecutions. One such example is Dr. Henry Jones, who stated that he had not seen any cases of children with injuries. Where Dr. Henry Jones stated that he had seen at least half of 106 workers with severe injuries. It is not clarified who is wrong or right, but it seems that their perspectives on the argument could have altered their testimony. Back on to the trial, we saw great opening speeches  from Mr Adam Turner and Fred Ward. Child labor is a very difficult subject, It is unclear if England could support its industrialising without it, but it a serious question to our consciousness. Either way, we will respect the Judges decision.

March 13, 2015
by 20battyr

I&S Pre Trial Work

In a few weeks, They will  be a court trial deciding whether child labour should abolished, or if it should remain. On the anti – child labour  side, Dr. Harry Smith, one of the most known doctor of Britain will be attending. He will be accompanied by his lawyer Mr Giachi, who is one of the most succesful lawyers in Britain.



He is a doctor from the Infirmary of Leeds, one of the biggest Infirmarmaries in Britain. It annually take about 5,000 Patients, and one sixth of the patients pass through him. He was born in Sheffield and spent most of his childhood their. He went to the University of Sheffield and Graduated in 1811. He then spent most of his latter years working in the Infirmary of Leeds. He has published many books, most notably “The Crimes of Child Labour” which stirred political problems across Britain. His book details his view on child labour.  He describes child labour a “danger to the children” and how he has seen many children with torn skin, upper extremities missing and much more. He also described how the life of the children was like a slave, using evidence such as their long hours.



Mr Giachi, an Italian lawyer, has won many cases involving divorce, murder, theft, framing, political conflicts in his lifetime. This case will be his last and he says that he will try his best to win it. Giachi was born in Venice, Italy and then went to study in the Universtiy of Pisa, where he studied law. He became a lawyer in 1795 and has since become well known amongst the Italian and British societies.



March 12, 2015
by 20battyr

Defeating Apartheid; Power and the People


First president of the post – Apartheid South Africa, 1918-2013


Hello, readers! In English class we have been learning about Apartheid.  In this unit learning about Apartheid was enlightening. Previously, I was not aware of the terrible lives that the native South Africans had daily in their townships. Problems such as the lack of water, the “pass” and many more injustices inflicted by the Afrikaans during Apartheid shocked me. From completing these inquiries about Apartheid,  my perspectives about the world have changed. Firstly, I have reconsidered my opinion about the role of leaders in in society. Secondly, I have reconsidered the effects of oppression and power. Finally, I have new views about the society we live in today.


Previously, my opinion about leaders was that history created them. I also thought that leaders didn’t rally their followers, but just commanded them.  But as I learned more about Apartheid, I realize that there is much more to it than that. Firstly, leaders create hope for their supporters.Though this may sound unimportant at first, many people cannot create hope for themselves. And in this case the South Africans needed a leader that could do that for them.  Secondly, leaders are role models to their supporters.  Most people like me and you wouldn’t stand up for our beliefs if there was a chance to be killed. But these leaders in South Africa did.    From researching for my article, I learned that people like Steve Biko and Nelson Mandela risked everything they had for their people and beliefs. But what I really was pondering was, how did these people achieved these amazing feats.


Steve Biko, Black Activist, 1946-1977




People like Steve Biko and Nelson Mandela had high education and they managed to inspire their generation and beyond. This really confirmed my belief that you can do anything if you believe and try hard enough. But what really suprised me was that these  leaders have high education, but they were treated the same as other black people who were  living under the rules of Apartheid! When I first became aware of Apartheid I was shocked. Previously I had thought that oppression was something that was treated as a major issue and then decreased. But Apartheid was different.  From reading the book Journey to Jo’burg by Beverly Naidoo, I realized that for the South African people Apartheid was part of their daily routines. Injustice was part of their daily lives. When I became aware of this, I could not understand how many  South Africans  could simply accept it.  Furthermore, I could not understand why other countries  did not interfere with this injustice.


The Power of One official movie poster



Overall this unit has changed my perspective on our world. I was able to visualise the poverty of the townships and the anger of the native South Africans. I learned the importance of education from watching the movie The Power of One, which was based on the novel by Bryce Courtney, I learned from writing my article that many people are ignorant of problems in other countries. Racism is still a major problem across the world, most notably in America. Many leaders such as Martin Luther King Junior have helped to achieve the same goal as the leaders of South Africa. This made me think, if one person can do so much, what could happen if we all worked together?


Image Credits

Abbedabb. “Nelson Mandela.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 13 May 2008. Web. 25 Feb. 2015. -by Abbedabb

Sreejithk2000. “The Power of One (film).” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 7 July 2010. Web. 18 Mar. 2015.– by Sreejithk2000






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