While reading ‘Boy in the Tower’, the class discussion focussed on the life the main character is being forced to lead. Aid is all alone, apart from his ill mother, and he is solely responsible for looking after both of them. He does all the shopping, cooks, cleans and has no help from his mother, who is bedridden.
We considered whether it was right that he had to look after his mother, especially given that Aid is only 10. This progressed to considering what rights children have and the class drew up their list own Rights of the Child list:
* Education * Food and drink * Cleanliness * Safe shelter / somewhere to live * To be clothed * To freedom
We then considered what children should do if ever they find themselves in a situation where any of their basic rights are not being met.