Every year many Norwegian teenagers spend one day working with the primary objective to donate their salary to an organisation working towards helping teenagers living in conflict areas somehow improve their lives. The Norwegian organisation behind this solidarity work is called Operation Day’s Work, and they collaborate with different organisations every year, helping youth in different areas of the world and dealing with different issues every year.
This year, the project concerns raising funds to help Palestinian youth, and through various programmes and activities enable them to deal with mental health issues, practice democratic and non-violent ways of changing society, and promote gender equality.
The day prior to working, the students at Fagerlia participate in a so-called “International Day”, where you meet and participate in activities that raise awareness of problem areas around the world, and what solidarity really means. This year you attend lectures informing you about why this year’s project is devoted to Palestinian youth. In addition, you have the opportunity to meet a range of people involved in solidarity work one way or another, people acquainted with the Middle East because they are from there or have studied there, or you have the opportunity to meet refugees from different areas around the world.
Could you write a blog post on one of your experiences today? You could write about the entire day and your experiences throughout the day, or you could choose what made the biggest impression on you and describe what and why. Whether you write one or three paragraphs is entirely up to you.
Hilde & Ingunn
Ingunn’s students: you will get the first half of class on Monday to write this blog post, before you start working with the film “Shooting Dogs” about the genocide in Rwanda in 1994. Try to finish your blog post on international day in class, and no later than Wednesday night. This is not a graded assignment.