April 7, 2012

Harry Potter to take on Darfur

Organizations, or perhaps individuals inside organizations, lament that our young people are not as willing to give as generations before them and service learning programs have emerged as early as elementary school to teach them to volunteer. I always wonder why children must taught this value. Shouldn't it be an experience they get at home or from the community over time?

Today I learned of an effort to capitalize on the popularity of Harry Potter as a way to encourage children to be socially aware. The Harry Potter Alliance capitalizes on the popularity of the Harry Potter and Hunger Games movies and books and the director thinks that by harnessing the energy of our young people today, they will someday make a difference in Darfur or beyond.

Noble efforts, but personally, I think that kids need time to be kids. Their job description should be go to school and learn, help out at home, have a hobby, and play, not solve the world's problems.

Children should first and foremost get the foundation to make responsible decisions later in life.

What do you think? Sound off in the comments, please.

Video from Philanthropy Video on YouTube. 
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