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    Posted February 13, 2012 by
    dinayacoub
    Location
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Take a stand to end slavery

    Dubai Freedom Project

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     dinayacoub is a student in Dubai and organized a CNN Freedom Project fan club with her friends.
    - dsashin, CNN iReport producer

    When CNN launched the Freedom Project, I decided to take action myself. I presented the idea to the superintendent and was granted partial permission; I was only able to raise awareness using the school name within the school grounds.

     

    This made me even more passionate and motivated to do something, so I decided to raise awareness with big events, interactive activities, and basically anything that the students (like me) would find fun and engaging. I presented my club during the second week of school, and by the third week, I had formed a full team of students with the same motivation I had. The vice-president of the club is someone I never used to talk to, Drew Gibson, but after my presentation, he approached me with excitement and determination to lead this club to do great things.

     

    Our first event was a paper plane throwing ceremony. We had each student in the high school make a paper airplane and write one synonym for 'freedom'. One day, we gathered all the planes, had live music and posters up, and had our club members throw the planes from the second floor down to our atrium. It was a very inspirational moment and I got a lot of positive feedback from that event. Thankfully, we had a few more people join the club. We are now made up of over 40 members, making us one of the biggest and most active club in our school. The student council described us as the club, "with the right amount of enthusiasm and just an awesome club overall!"

     

    We had several other events during 2011, and several planned for 2012 such as a special song with live music, speeches from some club members, and a narrative skit about a child slave.

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