International Day at Fagerlia

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.

 

 

Diseases and cures…

Write a blog post including the following:

  • After reading the two texts about Goal. 3 we read last week, you will find the links in the post “Good health and well-being”  – what do you think are the  biggest challenges yet to solve in order for this goal to be reached? Explain your answer.
  • Use WHO’s website or other relevant pages you find and look at emergencies. Choose either an area or a disease and do some research – what is going on here? What emergency is being caused by this disease, or what medical emergencies are going on in the area you chose? Read up, and then explain in your own words. Include what is being done, and look up other sources as well to see if you can find more supporting evidence.
  • Reflect: based on your new knowledge about a disease, or an area in medical emergency – what would you say is being done to reach goal 3? What would you say is NOT being done, but should be done? Can you think of any challenges that could hinder progress for this goal? Which and why? Can you think of any solutions for these challenges?

 

We will then watch “Ethical Riddles in HIV research” by Boghuma Kabisen Titanji, and read “MSF: Johnson&Johnson prices keep key TB medicines out of reach” from Doctors Without Borders.

 

Hanna

Good Health and Well-Being

Sustainable Goal nr. 3: Good Health and Well-Being, is the last of the UN Sustainable Development Goals we will work in-depth with, at least for now.

This goal was one of the most cited ones in August, when you were to choose which goals you found most important.

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Start by reading up – what is the actual goal about and what are they focusing on? You will find all this here.

So how is it going? Will we be able to reach this goal by 2030? The latest progress report from the UN is short and informative. In some areas things are going the right way, in others not so much.

Some diseases and epidemics are still causing a lot of problems, such as HIV/AIDS – especially for women in sub-Saharan Africa, Malaria, Ebola – with recent new outbreaks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Also, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer and air pollution are huge problems and each cause millions of death every year.

Write a blog post including the following:

  • After reading the two texts about Goal. 3, linked to here – what do you think are the  biggest challenges yet to solve in order for this goal to be reached? Explain your answer.
  • Use WHO’s website or other relevant pages you find and look at emergencies. Choose either an area or a disease and do some research – what is going on here? What emergency is being caused by this disease, or what medical emergencies are going on in the area you chose? Read up, and then explain in your own words. Include what is being done, and look up other sources as well to see if you can find more supporting evidence.
  • Reflect: based on your new knowledge about a disease, or an area in medical emergency – what would you say is being done to reach goal 3? What would you say is NOT being done, but should be done? Can you think of any challenges that could hinder progress for this goal? Which and why? Can you think of any solutions for these challenges?

 

Hanna

In the news: Hunger increasing due to climate change

 

Hunger increasing due to climate change, according to a UN report.

It found that 821 million people — one in every nine — were malnourished in 2017, up from 815 million in 2016, putting at risk the UN’s goal of eradicating hunger in the world by 2030.

Fagdag October 5th

Topic: The Global Goals

In groups of three, choose one of the UN Goals which we have not already worked with (so avoid goal 1-5).

Make sure your group choose a goal no one else has chosen.

Plan and make an oral presentation where you include the following:

  • what is the problem?
  • what/who is causing this problem and/or preventing a solution?
  • What can be done to improve the situation?
  • Who is working for improvement? (organizations etc)
  • why is this relevant for the UN?
  • what is the group’s personal opinion of this problem?
  • what do your group think about a possible solution?
  • What can a single individual do to help?

Your presentation should be about 10 minutes long, and you should be ready to present at 12:00 today.

This will be graded individually.

Criteria for evaluation

1-2 3-4 5-6
Presentation

 

 

Has a simple presentation, does not look at the audience, bound by script, no creativity Has some contact with the audience, somewhat free from the script, uses some creativity in his/her presentation Has good contact with the audience, knows the script by heart, creative and independent presentation
Content

 

 

 

Simple content, has worked very little with different sources, shows little independent thought and research. Answers only some of the assignment given. Good content with some independent research, has clearly worked with different sources. Answers the assignment. Independent and well-researched content, and a thorough answer of the assignment. Explains and gives examples. Has worked well with different sources and manages to use them in an independent manner.
Pronunciation Has a clear Norwegian accent, struggles with pronouncing a lot of words

 

Has a good pronunciation overall, struggles with some words. Pronunciation and accent are close to, or, flawless
Vocabulary

 

Has a simple vocabulary, uses a lot of repetition and little variation. Has a broad vocabulary, with some more advanced words. Shows that he/she understands the words they use. Has an advanced and varied vocabulary, varies in sentence structure and length. Understands and are able to use and explain difficult concepts and definitions.

Groups:

Hamza, Johanne Marie, Johann

Linnéa, William, Jessica

Marius, Sandra, Jannis

Yasmin, Christina, Martine

Karethe, Liban, Emilie

In the news: Erna Solberg speaks to UN General Assembly

She mentioned the importance of girls’ education and spoke about other sustainable development goals, such as Life below Water and the huge amount of plastics found in our oceans. She also spoke about Norway’s candidacy for a seat in the UN Security Council.

H.E. Mrs.Erna Solberg

Listen to the whole speech/read the transcript here:

https://gadebate.un.org/en/73/norway