This term our Year 8 theme is ‘Girl Rising’. In this topic we are learning about girls all around the world who are fighting for an education or fighting for basic human rights. In our local community here in Auckland, we are almost oblivious to this situation, that so many girls around the globe are not getting the same education we are getting, in fact, they aren’t getting an education at all. Instead girls are being married off at young ages to be housewives and have children.
Malala, a Pakistani girl has spoken out about this crisis. Malala spoke out about girls’ rights and the Taliban took action. Her father was about to make a speech when he got the phone call that his daughter’s school bus had been attacked and Malala had been shot in the head. Malala got global attention after this, at age fifteen. Malala was rushed to a hospital in England with a severe bullet wound, that had punctured her skull and got into the brain. When Malala survived, it was a miracle but everyone knew it was going to take a lot of effort to help her recover. Now, she is living life in Birmingham, England and getting a good education. Sadly, she has lost hearing in one of her ears because the bullet damaged the nerves in her brain and she has also lost use of one side of her face. This however, does not slow her down. She is still fighting for women’s rights and is getting herself involved.
Malala is a great role model for millions around the globe, so many girls look up to her for what she has been through and achieved. She is so inspirational and is helping so many girls speak out, or at least say something, and hopefully that will start to make a difference.
“One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.”
- Malala Yousafzai
By Catherine Lord 8WLS
Last term’s topic was called ‘New Beginnings’. At the start of the term we were given a birth certificate and we had to pretend to be this person.The people we were given were in a family, who were people in our class. Then we were given a scenario that our family had recently moved to Auckland. We had to make decisions to enable our family to survive in this new city. We had to think about find houses to live in and schools to attend and a lot of other life choices. After we thoroughly researched about this, we realised that an adult’s job isn’t that easy.
As part of our topic, in our families we made a scrapbook about our findings, such as, ‘why did we decide to send our children to this school?’ Or, ‘Why did we buy this house?’ When we finished compiling our scrapbooks, the year 8 classes rotated around and looked at each other’s findings.
When we rotated around the classes, we saw that some classes have used different formats of presenting their projects and have done several things different from ours, and we enjoyed looking at what others would do in the same situation.
By Susie Su 8WLS