Clement and Harmarine
Clement and Harmarine are two friends who live in Benin. They are in sixth grade and leave home for school at 7:30 am in the morning. In Benin school starts at 8 am and finishes at 5 pm. In school they also attend a children’s club where they learn about children’s rights.
Clement lives in a village. He lives with his mother, father and four siblings. When there is time, he likes to play cards with his bothers. Everyday he spends one hour to do his homework. After that he goes to get water and cooks dinner. His family has 45 hens, 4 goats and 2 pigs.
Harmarine lives in the same village and has similar every-day-routines as Clement. But she has a dog, and she likes to play football. Neither Clement nor Harmarine have a TV since there is no electricity in their village.
In school they speak French. It is Harmarine’s favorite subject in school. Clement likes math. Between noon and 3 pm they have a long break when all the children go home to have lunch. By then it is too warm to be in a classroom anyway.
After school they attend a children’s club where they learn about children’s rights. Clement says:
– I think the most important right is to have clothes. If you don’t have any clothes, you will be cold and get sick. It is very important to have clothes.
Harmarine thinks education is the most important right for children. She says:
– There are children here that do not go to school. If you do not go to school, you cannot learn anything.
A good decision for children
The government in Benin has decided that every municipality should have a group of adults that lead the work for children’s safety. In some municipalities this group has cooperated with people in the villages to reduce the abuse of children. They have shown how children can be treated in a good way. This has reduced the number of abuses by half in one year.
- Who makes good decisions for children in Benin?
- Are there any rules made for the best of each child where you live?
- Do you need some new rules to make it even better for children where you live?