THE JUSTICE CLUB PROJECT

Welcome

Welcome to the Justice Club Project landing page.

In 2013 five people wrote a children’s book, aimed at 9-12 year old as part of a class project. The book introduced the topic of child labour, through a fictional story set in a middle school social studies class. Emily, Tim, and Leah, along with their classmates discover that children their age in other countries do not necessarily have the same experiences, privileges, fun and education they have come to expect, and this created exposure to the global issue of injustice. Sprinkled throughout the book were resources the reader, parent and teacher that could be studied to understand the issue of child labour around the globe.

Having dusted off the original manuscript in 2016 Bev, Lily and Peter, who were part of the original team, agreed that it was time to work on rewriting this story and launch it for the world to read and experience. In October 2016, a project has formed and the team is building. We are planning to launch in 2017 a new book and a resource portal for establishing a Justice Club in local schools, churches, and community groups looking to identify injustices in their neighbourhood, city, nation and around the globe and effecting an appropriate response.

Below are details of the project, what we still need, and our timelines for publishing. If you would like to be part of the team please contact Peter through his email link below.

Project Team Needs

We are still looking for the following volunteers team members.

  • Resource Developers (2)
  • Book layup
  • Book designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Marketing
  • Fundraiser
  • Portal Developer
  • Social Media co-ordinator
  • Videographer
  • Photograper

Hover over Peter’s card below and email him if there is a role you can help with.

About the Project

The purpose of this book, a novel, is fourfold:

  1. To entertain 9-12 year olds with a compelling story of school children discovering the world of child slavery.
  2. To educate the reader, parent and teacher about the issue of child slavery and what they can do in response.
  3. To introduce the theme of injustice and how children can think through their potential in considering what might be a justice response.
  4. To introduce the idea of The Justice Club, a way of collectively standing for justice in their neighbourhood, city, nation and across the globe.

It would be fair to say that there are plenty of resources around the world to help children, and adults, to understand the issue of slavery and human trafficking. We need that resource, and we need to keep developing it.

We believe books are critical for learning. This is obvious with non-fiction, but we also believe in the world of ‘make believe’, where our learning through imagination is equally important. As part of our class in 2013 we were required to read Patricia McCormick’s Sold, a novel about a young Nepalese girl who is trafficked into Kolkata, India. Project leader Peter Mihaere has travelled for many years into Kolkata, working with businesses in the very neighbourhood the main character of the story was trafficked to. Her story, except for the ending, was incredibly plausible. Children may never have been trafficked in exactly the manner of the story sequence, but every step described would have happened to many young girls.

It was the magic of fantasy that enables a very serious but plausible story to be told to the reader and help inform them of the reality of modern-slavery.

Cognitive development, knowledge, awareness and behaviour is being learnt at an earlier age these days compared to previous generations.

Much of the learning a child between the ages of 9 and 12 receives is great, but a growing level of ‘not-so-good’ knowledge is being consumed by children, which develops ‘no-so-good’ behaviour later on in life. We believe one of the untouched areas, at a mass level, is how to teach children the concept of justice and injustice, and how we should respond to those injustices in our community.

Many people who work with Children suggest that this is a good time to introduce the discussion around justice into their lives. Also, experiences tells us that individuals as young as nine years can old grab hold of an injustice issue, and with the help of family and friends, develop a strong tie to the principles of justice and make it their life calling to help people. One young women who comes to mind is now living and working in the community that is the setting of the story Sold. She began at the tender age of nine to raise awareness and money to train women set free from the sex trade in Sonagachi, the notorious red-light district of Kolkata.

Volunteer Project Team... so far

  • Tate Johnston (UK)

    Lily was also part of the original writing team and joins us from South Carolina, USA.

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    Tate Johnston (UK)
    Lead Author
  • Beth Sharp (UK)

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    Beth Sharp (UK)
    Researcher
  • Karen Tullett (UK)

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    Karen Tullett (UK)
    Researcher
  • Mel Manning (UK)

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    Mel Manning (UK)
    Researcher
  • Esther Chan (NZ)

    Esther also lives in South Auckland, NZ and has already developed a couple of concept sketches. The sketch below is of Tim, one of the original characters… a kid who studies his favourite food… chocolate. Tim discovers more that he expected and it changes his life forever.

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    Esther Chan (NZ)
    Illustrator
  • Greg Knowles (NZ)

    Greg Knowles an author from West Auckland, New Zealand who rewrote Chapter 1 of the original project in 2013. He joins the project team as the Editor of the first book.

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    Greg Knowles (NZ)
    Editor
  • Lily Dunn (USA)

    Lily was also part of the original writing team and joins us from South Carolina, USA.

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    Lily Dunn (USA)
    Author
  • Bev Murrill (AUS)

    Bev was part of the original writing team and leads the team of authors for the first book. Bev hails from Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.

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    Bev Murrill (AUS)
    Author
  • Peter (PJ) Mihaere (NZ)

    Peter has been an abolitionist since 2004 and has a drive to see the emerging generations of Children be mobilised to be just global citizens. Peter lives in South Auckland, New Zealand.

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    Peter (PJ) Mihaere (NZ)
    Project Leader

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Concept Sketches

The Justice Club Project