Marist High School students enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) Spanish recently investigated and discussed the global challenge of child labor and the involvement of the United Nations (UN) in resolving this issue. They were thrilled to receive a reply from Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon on April 5, 2016.
Using in-depth research as a base for their ideas, the students wrote 55 formal letters in Spanish to the UN headquarters in New York City, giving suggestions on how to eradicate child labor as well as asking for the organization’s solutions to the problem. The process included several revisions and peer editing before the finished products were sent.
The students and teacher, Aisha Khan, received a response from the UN on April 5, written in Spanish, from the office of the General Secretary. In it, Ki-Moon expresses his gratitude for the students’ interest and their call to action. He also included information on how to help the cause through the UN and UNICEF.
“The students were very excited to see a response to their work and are thrilled that their letters were read by someone in a position of power,” Khan explained. “They were so excited that they actually called the UN and were able to personally thank the General Secretary over the phone.”
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Marist AP Spanish students proudly show off the letter they received from from Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon in reply to their campaign regarding child labor.