On Sunday evenings, a group of teens gather each week to discuss, debate, and learn about a range of important topics. This module’s theme has been Human Rights, so last two Sundays the topics were Death Penalty and Women’s rights. Heavy stuff, yes… but the teens were ready.
We approached the Death Penalty in the form of a debate. Teens were divided into two groups, one in favor of and the other against the argument that Death Penalty should be legal in Peru (it’s currently illegal here). Both groups were given 20 minutes to search information from internet so that after that time they would be able to defend their given opinion.
The result was great! Everyone was engaged and it wasn’t difficult at all to create natural discussion about a topic as difficult as death penalty. It was evident teens had done a great job searching information: they knew how to respond the other group’s arguments and base their responses on facts. Even though we were running out of time, the teens wanted to keep going. All in all, the debate was very successful.
The following Sunday we talked about Women’s rights. We started the event with a game where everyone could tell what they wanted to do when they grow up. They could also think if the career they chose was as suitable for women as it was for men.
We imagined a world where women were in charge of everything and where the roles between men and women were put upside down. This really clarified and made more realistic the theme we were dealing with. Feminism and women’s rights may come across as difficult and controversial topics, but our teens tackled it well. The conversation turned tense at times, with a mix of opinions present. However, we learned from each other which is the most important!
Blog post written by Julia Salmi, LLI teen program volunteer.
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