2nd Prize Winner
Age Group 10-12
by Nolwen Cifuentes, age 11
Freedom is being in control of yourself, being responsible, and to
do what you want. Freedom is having rights and being happy.
Everyone is supposed to have rights. Children have the right to
have a loving family, to learn, to live in a supporting and healthy
environment and to be safe and happy. But these rights don't reach
everyone. There are children who live in dangerous environments, who
don't eat every day and who don't even have a roof over their head.
They aren't free. I think free people ought to work together to
ensure that each and every child's rights are respected, because
there is still a lack of freedom in the world.
Most parents do their best in taking care of their children, but
some don't. Some parents abandon their children. People should have
children if they are responsible enough to take good care of them and
love them. Parents should have the money to feed their children and
to provide their needs. Some children are born deformed. I believe it
is very bad if parents hide their deformed child from the world. Just
because they are different, it doesn't mean they can't be part of the
community. Some parents abuse their children. These children could
think it's normal. They are not free to be happy. In school they
should teach about freedom and the abused child would understand that
what his/her parents are doing something wrong. Those are things that
should be emphasized in school, because children are not aware of
There are little things that could be improved: the right to make
mistakes is one. Parents or teachers shouldn't get mad when mistakes
happen. Children should also have the right to use objects such as
video cameras, the phone, make-up, etc. For an object such as a video
camera, a parent should teach him/her how to use it and then trust
the kid to use it alone.
School is a place where I should explore interesting subjects
instead of wasting my time learning things that I don't like, and may
not even listen! I enjoy writing this essay and I want to become a
writer. Kids should do something that they like doing. Children
should also have the right to many activities like dance, swimming,
soccer, singing, theater, scuba diving and more. We should have the
right to also stop an activity if we don't like it. We should have
the right to stop reading a book if we don't enjoy it. Our parents
shouldn't force us to do an activity we don't like. It is important
that we do what we enjoy to become fully free.
Freedom is very important to me. I am glad to be free, and other
children should be free too.