|Our Learning Contract
I covenant with you, my co-learners, to go through this experience of discovering what we can meaningfully do to improve the conditions of the working children. Together with you, I will seek out ways to do my bit in this global effort. I will share my ideas with you, discuss with you, explore with you those little but important, do-able acts that will make a difference in the lives of our wards. I will collaborate with you, not compete; help you see the truths I see, and not rush you when you cannot; I will value your contributions, not judge your worth; I will be open with you and trust your thoughts, not insist on mine as though they were the only thoughts worth keeping.
I covenant with you, my facilitators, to participate fully in the learning process, knowing that it is only by doing so that I can truly learn. I will trust your guidance and leadership, yet still be responsible for my own learning.
I covenant with all the child laborers. I will learn all I can so that I can assist you better in improving your condition. I will remember my commitment to you as I talk and play with my family, as I go about my official work, as I look at my own children and/or those children entrusted to my care. I will treat you, not as an item in my job description, but as a helpless, powerless human being who has no hope of facing your circumstances perhaps except through me. I will be your protector, your negotiator, your liberator. I will be your friend.
I can and will do all these because I am convinced that child labor is wrong, and that children have a right to their childhood. I am in a unique vantage point to help. By looking out for their needs, I can better work to fill them, and negotiate for conditions a bit more fitting for their dignity as children and as future adults.
This is a commitment I make to you all, but more importantly to myself.
Labor Inspector Facilitator