Role Play (30 mins)

Below are three stories of Nigerian children. Prepare a role play in which you show how a child's rights can help solve the problem of the character in the story.

Step 1:
Prepare your role play, use the rights of the child to help find a solution to the problem in the story. See below for a summary of the rights of the child.
Step 2:
Perform your role play if called on. The role-plays should not be longer than two or three minutes each

Story 1: Abeo
Abeo is 11 years old. She lives with her mother and brothers. Every school holiday her mother sends Abeo to stay with her Aunt in Calabar. The Aunt beats Abeo very badly for not doing her chores well. She has been beaten so badly that she had many wounds. Abeo tries to tell her mother but her mother does not believe her.

Story 2: Rakiya
Married at 12 in Nigeria, Rakiya sells bean cakes by the side of the road to pay for food and her boys schooling. As a young girl, she dreamed of an education for herself. But she would never see the inside of a classroom. Instead, betrothed at 11 and married at 12, she was continuously raped within marriage. Her own father beat her into submitting to her husband. And two months before her 13th birthday, she delivered her first child.

Story 3: Bem
Bem, 15 years old was made to work 12 hours a day in a field in difficult conditions. He thought he was going to be paid for his work and get money to help his family but he did not even get that. Instead he had to work long days breaking stones.

Rights of the child
  • Right to life
  • Right to health care
  • Right to social security
  • Right to family life
  • Right to education
  • Right to play
  • Right to privacy
  • Right to be protected
  • Right to privacy
  • Rights of the disabled child