Updated less than 1 min ago11:02 a.m. ET, March 14, 2019
CNN’s Oren Liebermann comes live from the Poznan School of Music in Poland, where students have channelled their inner Pharrell Williams.
Children also constructed a wall symbolising the obstacles to freedom around that world, before knocking it down. It’s just another way of communicating the task of abolishing modern day slavery.
As one student says: “Talk is the most common and most effective thing to make others feel free, feel happy.”
Forty million: that’s the estimated number of enslaved people around the world as we write this live blog today. At Atlanta International School, CNN’s Cyril Vanier observes a moment of silence with the students.
We’re following the sun as CNN correspondents report on My Freedom Day events around the world. We’re coming to you live from Hong Kong, India, Poland, Ghana, the UK and the US throughout the day.
No CNN crew near you but want to take part? Tell us what makes you feel free and post it on Twitter using the hashtag #MyFreedomDay!
The arts are playing a huge part in spreading awareness of modern day slavery at #MyFreedomDay events. CNN’s Eleni Giokos talks to Afro Roots musician Rocky Dawuni in Accra, Ghana, about the power of music to advocate for personal freedoms.
Take a listen to Dawuni, with pupils from the Association International School for backing singers.
More contributions from India, this time from the Manjusri Public School in Temi, Sikkim State, who turned out en masse to celebrate #MyFreedomDay.
Freedom is “being able to dream freely,” says one student. “Everyone deserves it, but not everyone gets it,” says another. “I feel I’m lucky.”
One mural, 196 portraits. Children in Lagos State, Nigeria painted world leaders in a project overseen by local organization Slum Art Foundation.
Sixteen-year-old Emmanuel, interviewed by CNN’s Zain Asher, painted Donald Trump, urging the US president “to protect the rights of slaves, of children … all around the world.”