LETHBRIDGE: Free the Children founder Craig Keilburger helped launch the South Western Alberta Teachers Convention at the University of Lethbridge Thursday.
Keilburger noted that teachers play a major role in shaping our world, explaining that they help children to develop different thoughts and view-points on numerous issues.
He explained that in order to make a difference globally, everyone has to put in an effort, regardless of how young or old they are. He commented that he was only 12 when he started the group "Twelve-Twelve-Year-Olds", which has since become Free the Children, an organization that has build hundreds of schools in developing countries.
Keilburger stated that the key to getting young people involved in volunteer work, is the equation "spark+gift-equals a better world". He stated that teachers and parents need to find out what the children's strengths are, and determine how they can use those abilities to help others. He explained that students could do things like hold concerts or sporting events to raise money, or draw and use social media to bring awareness to a certain issue.
Keilburger went on to say that it's also important that children know they're not alone when taking on a big project and helping others. He again noted the group "Twelve-Twelve-Year-Olds", saying that they only started with a group of 12, and became an organization that works with thousands of volunteers.