My final make is an event that will take place at CB South, the high school where I teach, on June 2nd at 6pm. I am the advisor to the club “Girls International” which aims at raising awareness and educating students about the plight of girls in certain countries around the world. My inquiry for the class was looking into how to improve exchanges between students of different backgrounds or educate people about cultural diversity. In that spirit my final make is presentation to the community of a documentary entitled Girl Rising https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJsvklXhYaE
It presents 9 girls from Haiti, Nepal, Ethiopia, India, Egypt, Peru, Cambodia, Sierra Leone, and Afghanistan on their journey to get an education. It is a powerful movie that gives a heart wrenching image of girls living conditions while also bringing hope in the way these girls fight to get the education they deserve. Taking ED 677 this semester was my impetus to turn this project into a community event. Like I said during my presentation I am tired of the generic and in vogue terms like “raising awareness” or “advocacy” and I wanted to do a little more than just have members of the club participate in the event. I asked these very members to organize other events around the documentary such as sharing ethnic food, showing art with an emphasis on education, bring in vendors or local organizations such as a Woman’s place, having raffles for a fundraiser. They organized into committees, each one in charge of an aspect of the event.
My objective with this project is for students, parents, faculty and community members to pay more attention to such grave issues as girls education around the world. My hope is that by seeing and discussing what can be done to help them they will gain an interest in people outside of their community or even within their community. This is a comment that one of my classmates made during my presentation last week which had a lasting effect on me. Before looking at what we can do abroad it is also enlightening to look in one’s own “backyard” because there are also a lot of people who could use our help. It was a humbling comment. I also appreciated another comment about my moves being small moves and not being useless despite what I believe regarding raising awareness.
My project is inspired by the CL principles of shared purposed as my members and I are all working to building our first and greatest event so far. Collaboration is another principle that was part of our meeting this past week as we continued working on our art projects. Below are some pictures of our painting workshop in my room.
Peer support and interest-driven are 2 other elements that are present in this project. My members are there for each other and very much involved in the project . They give each other constructive feedback especially when it comes to making decisions that will impact the event. They feel strongly that they are part of the answer when it comes to making this world a better place for everyone and I think that is the key to this club, they don’t feel that they do not have the power to change things. They strive for equity for all, everywhere, no matter where you were born, no matter if you are a male, female, transgender or whatever else.
I am very much looking forward to the day of the event and seeing how it turns out. This idea of small move is definitely growing on me. Yes, small move but hopefully big impact!
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