Wow, what an action packed day we had on Thursday exploring our world in the present. We started the day with a fascinating examination of Globalization seeing how transnational corporations and brands from all over the world affect our lives in so many ways, even something as basic getting up in the morning. Then we moved on to a discussion identity where we looked at how national, mixed and global identity sit alongside eachother and relate to eachother. Finally in the morning, we unpacked the very serious issue of extreme poverty. We did a simulation where we had to write a weekly budget for a family living on $2 a day, a challenge that 1.4 billion people face every day!
In the afternoon we explored how we as individuals can make a difference to the lives of people living in poverty around the world, in a sustainable manner. We discussed microfinance, where you give a small loan to somebody through organisations like Kiva, and they pay you back over time. We completed the activity by making a loan to a woman who runs a food market in Honduras! In half a day we made a meaningful impact on somebody’s life in a country on the other side of the world. How exciting is that?!
We then studied the features of using english in different contexts from speeches to writing, to books to the internet. Interesting stuff.