Sacred Trust

The International Labour Organization (ILO) defines child labor as work that is

mentally, physically, socially or morally dangerous and harmful to children;

and interferes with their schooling by: depriving them of the opportunity to attend school;

obliging them to leave school prematurely; or requiring them to attempt to combine

school attendance with excessively long and heavy work.

–  Steve McCurry: The Sacred Trust

Author: Steve McCurry

Steve McCurry has been one of the most iconic voices in contemporary photography for more than thirty years, with scores of magazine and book covers, over a dozen books, and countless exhibitions around the world to his name.

To read more about Steve go to

Sacred Trust

There is no trust more sacred than the one the world holds with children.

There is no duty more important than ensuring that their rights are respected,

that their welfare is protected, that their lives are free from fear and want

and that they can grow up in peace.

– Kofi Annan

For the past three decades as I traveled the world on assignment I have witnessed children working in fields, factories, ditches, tunnels, mines, and ship-breaking yards. The scope of the problem is vast. Hundreds of millions of children spend their childhood working and do not have an opportunity to play, go to school, or live in a healthy environment.

Plant The Seed - Unpack Your Thinking

The thinking routine we are exploring this week is A Reporter’s Notebook. A routine for separating fact and feeling.

View the gallery of Steve McCurry’s Photos from his collection named “Sacred Trust”. What are your thoughts and feelings about Child Labour and can you seperate the facts from your feelings? Unpack your thinking using these steps.

  1. Look at the gallery of pictures and discuss the dilemma of Child Labour


  1. Identify the Facts and Events of the situation, record them –  ask if these are clear facts, or if they need more information about them. 


  1. Record the Thoughts & Feelings of the children involved in the story. As students record them, ask if these are clear facts or if they need more information about them. 


  1. After a discussion, as a group make the best judgment of the situation based on the information at hand. Make a statement about child labour. 

Modelled Thinking

Here is my thinking – Bronwyn Joyce ‘The Global Write’ Creator

IMPORTANT: Teachers don’t forget to take a photo of your students thinking and post them to ‘The Global Write’ Wakelet.

Let's Write

Prompt 1

Child labor and poverty are inevitably bound together, and if you continue to use the labor of children as the treatment for the social disease of poverty, you will have both poverty and child labor to the end of time.

Thinking about the above quote by Grace Abbott, in 100 words write a POWERFUL paragraph that would convince world leaders to do something to stop Child Labor.

Post your statement to ‘The Global Write’ Wakelet.

Prompt 2

Watch this UN Video about the fight against child labor. Using Buncee or colourful paper to write a letter to one of the children. What would you say? And what could you add to your letter to make them smile when they receive it. Creating with Buncee? Make sure you add your letter to ‘The Global Write’ Buncee Board.

Prompt 3


Make a video about Steve MCCurry. Use his biography and his blog to help you :


Use any video platform to make your video, BUT make sure you upload to ‘The Global Write’ flipgrid link below.

Prompt 4


Create a poster to raise awareness of Child Labour amongst young people or create a painting to describe your feelings about Child Labour. Publish your work to one of ‘The Global Write’ publishing tools – Flipgrid. Buncee Board or Wakelet.

Let's Create with AMAZELAB

Add the creativity of STEAM to learning, new ideas each week brought to you by the sensational team at AMAZELAB in the UK.

Design an activity pack so you and others can learn anywhere!

Make sure no young person misses out on any aspect of their education by creating an activity pack full of remote learning ideas that can be completed anywhere, at any time.

What would you include? What parts of your learning do you think are the most important?

Are you able to think of a design that is compact, durable, contains everything you need e.g. activities, pens, pencils etc.?

Would it be waterproof and reusable? Would friends and siblings be able to pass on and share? How about implicating an idea where the young people learn a subject then teach others as they become an expert?

Would you design it for different topics or combine them all?

So many possibilities!


The AMAZELAB Team are  looking forward to seeing your ideas for this one 🙂

IMPORTANT: Make sure you share your pack with ‘The Global Write’ Community. Who knows there may be a company out there that likes your innovative idea, they might even be able to use it to support all children getting an education anywhere in the world. 

Share Your Thinking & Creativity With The World

Place you let’s write work or your AMAZELAB creation on a Buncee and post to ‘The Global Write’ Buncee Board. Take a photo of your work and share it on our Wakelet or tell us all about your writing or creations on Flipgrid.

All you need to do is click on your button of choice and share your great work with a global audience.

Teacher Resources

For more information on the Reporter’s Notebook thinking routine go to 

The UN Sustainable Goals and Good Life Goals we are supporting this week are:

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