By Virginia Sowers, ChildFund Community Manager
For the past few years, the ChildFund Alliance (a 12-member organization that includes ChildFund International) has been asking children to tell us what they would do if they were president or the leader of their country. As you can imagine, 11- to 12-year-olds have some definite ideas.
As U.S. voters go to the polls today to elect the next president of the United States, we wanted to share with you some very good ideas for changing the world offered up by children who have a lot of important things to say when asked.
If I Were President…
“I would provide more libraries and more learning opportunities.” – Antonio, 11, St. Vincent and the Grenadines (Caribbean)
“I would encourage education for every child and I would multiply school infrastructures in every village where there are maximum numbers of children of school age. This is good because when you are educated you can help yourself and your family. You can get a better job and can go to any part of the world.” – Ibrahima, 12, Guinea
“I would provide school supplies for children free of charge.” – Dhanushka, 11, Sri Lanka
“I would build roads in far-away places as well as organize summer camps.” – Erick, 12, Ecuador
“I would create school canteens in order to give the opportunity to many pupils who live very far away from school to eat lunch. And I would provide pupils with school supplies, uniforms and [pay] fees.” – Jeannette, 12, Togo
“I would take away all of the weapons so kids don’t get hurt.” – Shalma, 11, United States
“I would provide free education for all children between 6 to 18 years.” – Anushree, 11, India
To help these children and others like them achieve their dreams, and maybe one day grow up to be president, consider sponsoring a child.