By Karya K, Sixth Grade Student
In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), minerals called the three Ts (tin, tungsten, and tantalum) and gold are being mined every day. The people mining for these minerals - also called “conflict minerals” -hardly earn anything and have no hope of escaping poverty. All their work that goes into mining these minerals only leads to the three Ts get stolen, people getting killed, and women molested.
In a show of support for better wages, safer working conditions, and improved living standards, the sixth grade has planned two initiatives. We hope to raise awareness of the conditions surrounding the mining of these minerals.
The first is a screen-free day on Friday, April 19, from 8:20am to 3:00pm.. Sixth grade teachers and students will be going without computers, projectors, iPads, and other electronics (not including phones for emergencies.) All the teachers will have to plan their lessons “old school” style, without fancy tech. The sixth grade may also provide conflict mineral–related activities for students.
The second initiative is the current school supply drive, which ends on Friday, April 12. The Student Council is supporting us in this effort. Although there are opportunities for children in the DRC to go to school, they can’t afford the supplies that are required for school. Families can donate notebooks, pencils, and pens; boxes for donations are in 1st through 8th grade classrooms. Donated items can be new or slightly used. The class collecting the most supplies will win a popsicle party.
If you would like to continue helping, you can donate to Raise Hope For Congo or visit their website here: https://enoughproject.org/about/past-campaigns/rhfc .