What does a child need? Love, security, food, a safe bed to sleep in, fulfilment, education.
What education does a child need? I asked them. And guess what? Over 16,000 out of 20,000 Australian children, in a two year survey, wanted more hours at school, not less…but those extra hours would be spent studying what they were passionate about, and what they needed.
Each year, our international education results get worse. One in five children between 7 and 14 cannot read a page of text.
Schools always need more money. Schools who help kids who need to be taught differently, need even more money. But, more than anything, schools need enthusiasm. Passion. Imagination.
Teachers need more than a pay cheque, but an acknowledgment that they are far, far more than childcare robots spoon-feeding information.
Our kids need parents who are there with them, not thinking of whoever they are texting on their mobile phone. They need a community that believes caring for kids – all our kids – is more important, and far more fulfilling than luxury cruises or remodelling the kitchen.
They need people like you.
Each Children’s Day we celebrate the heroines and heroes who change the lives of kids. Each year it grows more thrilling, and more inspiring.
Now all we need to do is work out how to clone you….