Making a difference in children’s lives

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Classe(s) : Tle STI2D - Tle STMG - Tle ST2S - Tle STL | Thème(s) : Lieux et formes du pouvoir
Type : Écrit LV1 | Année : 2015 | Académie : Pondichéry
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Making a difference in children’s lives

Séries technologiques • LV1


Formes de pouvoir


Pondichéry • Avril 2015

Séries technologiques • LV1

 Text 1 UNICEF and the All Blacks

AUCKLAND, 20 June 2014

New Zealand Rugby (NZR) and UNICEF today announced an international partnership which will see the All Blacks, and all other New Zealand Rugby teams, support UNICEF’s work in improving the lives of children and communities around the world.

The partnership between NZR and UNICEF brings together two of the most highly-respected global brands, harnessing1 the power of sport to raise awareness and funds for the world’s most vulnerable and excluded children.

The new partners share a common vision of sport and play as essential to the health, happiness and wellbeing of children and young people, and as key tools for teaching strong values and important life skills. Both organizations also believe in the power of sport to inspire and unite people behind a common goal, in this case, children. […]

NZR Chief Executive Steve Tew explained that by forging an international partnership with UNICEF, New Zealand Rugby would be playing a part in bringing attention to the important issues UNICEF tackles2.

“Making a meaningful difference to people’s lives beyond the action on the field is a commitment3 we take very seriously. Our teams spend a great deal of time away from home and by supporting UNICEF we are ensuring we can use the power of rugby and the All Blacks to connect with people wherever our teams play.”

UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake said, “In our work we see firsthand how sport can change the lives of even the most disadvantaged children - children in poor communities, children living through emergencies and conflicts, children with disabilities – helping them overcome challenges, restoring a sense of normalcy, and providing the simple joy of play.”

1. harnessing: using.

2. tackles: deals with.

3. commitment: engagement.

 Text 2 Mentoring for disadvantaged kids

Karen, 42, volunteered for Kids Company as a mentor for 18 months, working with a six-year-old boy from a disadvantaged background in London.

“I decided to volunteer because I saw a lot of children and young people in my neighbourhood who were missing out1, through no fault of their own. I felt that I was in a good place in my life, and that I had experiences that I could share to make a positive contribution and help somebody.”

“The volunteer mentors help children and young people to achieve goals, build confidence and self-esteem and have some fun. Sometimes that increase in confidence comes from you encouraging them to have a go at an activity that they fancy trying but feel a bit shy about, like dancing, or a sport. Once they do it, they can gain a real sense of achievement2.”

“Sometimes it’s the fact that you spend one-to-one time with them, doing things that are completely focused on the child. These children may have a parent or carer that isn’t able to provide as much of that one-to-one time as they want to, for all sorts of reasons, and that’s why the mentors have such a valuable role.”

“My role was described by the charity as a skilled helper; you don’t try to be another parent or a social worker. My time with him was about taking him out, and letting him enjoy himself, and offer him some fun.”

“Mentoring is one of the best things I’ve ever done. You shouldn’t expect to get a thank you as such, but it’s a really rewarding3 experience; it had a great feelgood factor.”

Adapted from:, August 2013

1. who were missing out: in difficulty.

2. achievement: success after a lot of effort.

3. rewarding: gratifying.


Text 1

1 Complete the sentence with the right answer.

This document is:

1. an article from a website.

2. an extract from a newspaper article.

3. an advert for the All Blacks rugby team.

2 Find a quotation in the text that explains the mission of UNICEF. Indicate the line numbers.

3 What organisation does UNICEF collaborate with?

4 Find the correct answer.

1. New Zealand Rugby will help UNICEF.

2. The All Blacks will help New Zealand Rugby.

3. UNICEF will help international sports.

5 True or false? Justify by quoting from the text. Give the line numbers.

1. Sport is a means to help underprivileged children.

2. Both UNICEF and NZR have the same point of view regarding sport.

3. The rugby teams do not really try to help people after the game is over.

6 Find four benefits of sports for children and people in general. Give the line numbers.

Text 2

7 Choose the right answer.

1. This document is:

a) a testimony given by an adult on a website.

b) a newspaper article on mentoring.

c) an extract from a child’s diary.

2. Karen’s role is:

a) to help children and young people to grow.

b) to be a substitute parent for children and young people.

c) to be a substitute teacher for children and young people.

8 True or false? Justify by quoting from the text and give the line number.

1. Being a mentor is not Karen’s personal choice.

2. Children can discover new activities with their mentors.

3. Taking part in this program makes children feel better.

4. Some parents can’t spend enough time with their children.

9 Choose 3 adjectives that best describe Karen’s state of mind.

useless • helpful • caring • doubtful • satisfied • disappointed.

10 Choose the best title and justify by quoting from the text.

1. Mentoring as a way to meet new people.

2. Working with children as a job.

3. Personal fulfillment thanks to mentoring.

Both texts

11 Choose the title which best sums up the two texts.

1. Raising international awareness about children’s living conditions.

2. Helping children to have successful careers.

3. Making a difference in children’s lives.

EXPRESSION 10 points

> Choose ONE of the following subjects. (200 words)

1 You would like to join an association to become a mentor. Write a letter or an email to the association of your choice to explain your motivations.

2 Do you think sport can help change people’s lives? Justify your point of view by giving examples.

Les clés du sujet

Texte 1

La source

L’Unicef ou United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (Fonds des Nations unies pour l’enfance) est une agence de l’ONU (Organisation des Nations unies) dédiée à l’amélioration et à la préservation des droits des enfants partout dans le monde. Créée en 1946 comme un fonds d’urgence après la Seconde Guerre mondiale, l’Unicef est devenue une partie permanente de l’ONU dès 1953. L’organisation intervient dans les domaines de la pauvreté, la violence, la maladie et la discrimination.

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Résumé du texte

On nous présente un partenariat entre l’Unicef et l’équipe mythique de rugby néo-zélandaise les All Blacks. Le sport fait partie intégrante de la notion de santé et de bien-être qui semble si importante dans la mission de l’Unicef. De plus, le soutien de ces équipes servira de « coup de pouce » marketing pour l’Unicef. Le sport peut changer la vie des enfants, le soutien d’une telle équipe peut le faire encore plus !

Vocabulaire utile à la compréhension

Partnership, l. 2 (partenariat) ; to improve, l. 4 (améliorer) ; to bring together, l. 6 (rejoindre, unir) ; to raise awareness, l. 8 (sensibiliser) ; funds, l. 8 (des fonds) ; wellbeing, l. 11 (bien-être) ; key tools, l. 12 (des outils clés) ; to forge, l. 16 (créer) ; beyond, l. 20 (au-delà) ; on the field, l. 21 (sur le terrain) ; firsthand, l. 26 (directement) ; to overcome, l. 29 (surmonter).

Texte 2

La source

Créé en 1948, le NHS (National Health Service) est le système de santé financé sur fonds publics au Royaume-Uni. Depuis la décentralisation effectuée en 1999, chacun des quatre pays qui forment le Royaume-Uni a son propre système de santé qui travaille en relation avec les autres.

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Résumé du texte

Cet extrait du site officiel évoque le témoignage d’une bénévole « mentor » : pendant 18 mois Karen donnait de son temps à un jeune garçon issu d’un milieu très difficile. Son rôle était de permettre à l’enfant de s’épanouir et de s’amuser en lui consacrant de son temps : chose que ses parents ne pouvaient pas faire.

Vocabulaire utile à la compréhension

To be in a good place in one’s life, l. 3 (être stable dans sa vie) ; to achieve, l. 7 (atteindre) ; self-esteem, l. 7 (estime de soi) ; to have a go at something, l. 9 (tenter quelque chose) ; to fancy doing, l. 9 (avoir envie de faire) ; one-to-one time, l. 12 (du temps en tête-à-tête) ; to provide, l. 14 (fournir, procurer) ; valuable, l. 16 (précieux) ; skilled helper, l. 17 (auxiliaire qualifié) ; as such, l. 22 (en tant que tel) ; a feelgood factor, l. 23 (qui réchauffe le cœur).

Les points de convergence

Les deux textes évoquent l’aide bénévole aux enfants en difficulté. Dans le premier, une équipe de rugby très connue travaille main dans la main avec un organisme international, dans le deuxième l’aide est beaucoup plus modeste et individuelle.

Le sujet d’expression 1

Pistes de recherche

  • Être bénévole et mentor nécessite des qualités bien particulières : la patience, une attitude positive, la capacité d’écoute et bien d’autres. Dans votre lettre ou mail il suffit de démontrer que vous avez ces qualités ainsi que des raisons valables pour vouloir vous y engager : le désir de travailler avec les enfants, de rendre service.
  • N’oubliez surtout pas de bien présenter votre écrit sous le format demandé : en-tête, adresse, sujet.

Vocabulaire utile

Support (soutien) ; to give something back (rendre) ; siblings (des frères et des sœurs) ; references (lettre de recommandation) ; available for interview (disponible pour passer un entretien) ; to feel free to (ne pas hésiter à) ; further information (des informations supplémentaires) ; to be willing to (être désireux/prêt à).

Le sujet d’expression 2

Pistes de recherche

Nombreux sont les exemples que vous pouvez citer où le sport permet de guérir d’une maladie ou de mieux la supporter, où il a permis aux champions d’atteindre la gloire et la richesse. Il convient d’en choisir les plus parlants soit tirés de votre expérience personnelle, soit de l’actualité. Peut-être que pour vous le sport est une question de loisir et de goût personnel : quand on prend plaisir à faire quelque chose, on est plus heureux et notre vie en est plus agréable !

Vocabulaire utile

Sports facilities (des infrastructures sportives) ; on the pitch (sur le terrain) ; a household name (vedette, nom très connu) ; to be a high achiever (être très doué) ; to find fulfilment (s’épanouir).

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