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Get it before it gets you- MDG project 3

November 4, 2012, by

For my MDG unit 3 action project, I wrote a poem and created an illustration. The poem had to explain one MDG ( Millennium development goals) target. My target foucused on curing HIV. From this project I am proud of my poem because I didn’t know that I write good poems. To learn more about my target, and my poem please check out my full project below!

MY                                                                                                                                   Nov-1-2012
                                                             Get It Before It Gets You
For our MDGs Unit 3 Action Project, we wrote a poem and created an illustration to educate others about a target and indicator. We chose MDG 6, Target 6.b: Achieve, by 2010, universal access to treatment for HIV/AIDS . We pulled information from three sources; the world fact book (HIV/AIDS – ADULT PREVALENCE RATE, 2009), the World Health Organization (10 facts on HIV/AIDS,2011), and Avert website (Universal Access to AIDS Treatment: Targets and Challenges, 2011). We hope you enjoy our poetry and illustration.
A silent killer
It’s a leech that latches to your body and grasps you
It sucks away your humanity
It’s not easy to cure
It becomes your shadow
Once you get it
It follows you forever
And gets emotionally attached
HIV is what you will get
AIDS is what comes next
6.65 million people have access to antiretroviral therapy
But  7 million are still in need of it
26% adults in Swaziland are infected
And that is the highest percentage in the world
Millions of people die each day in the world
 Tell the world
  We will find a cure
And we will win the war
As individuals
Lets stand and fight
Get tested  before its too late
And  Spread the message
HIV is real
AIDS is deadly
But both can be prevented

Country Profile- MY

November 3, 2012, by

For my MDG’s course, I researched  Saudi Arabia on how it is achieving one of the MDG’s (Millennium Development Goals). I explored how gender equality is pursued there. The point of this project was to show the international effect of MDG’s. I learned how to make a map that can represent data in many different places. What I am proud of is my final paper and the graphs I got to make electronically. Enjoy my country profile below!


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                              Gender Equality in Saudi Arabia

This country profile examines how one millennium development goal (MDG) is being pursued in Saudi Arabia. MDG 3.1 aims to “eliminate gender disparities in primary and secondary education, to all levels of education no later than 2015”. To show this target in Saudi Arabia, I focused on women in universities. I compared a women- only university in Saudi Arabia to a co-ed university in the U.S. I conducted an interview with a person from Saudi Arabia, and I analyzed a news article that addresses this target on a country level.

In Saudi Arabia women are very respected in everything. A recent article from the Guardian website, reported by Homa Khaleeli, states that “Almost 60% of the country’s college graduates are women, but 78% of female university graduates are apparently unemployed- despite the fact more than 1,000 hold a doctorate degree. In total only 15% of Saudi Arabia’s workforce are women,” (“Saudi Arabia Is Planning All-Female Cities So Women Can Work, 2012”). I personally think women do not work because work is an activity for men (in the Middle East). In addition in Saudi Arabia women stay home, but this is a sign of respect in their culture. If I compared these statistics to the U.S I would say that women in the U.S are more likely to be enrolled in college than men, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. As you see women’s education in the U.S compared to Saudi Arabia is very similar.

Although women in Saudi Arabia compose the same percentage of college students as women in the U.S,there are also differences in the way they access education. In my Saudi Arabia map the place that is highlighted is where Princess Noura University is located. On the U.S map I have Texas highlighted, and it is where the University Of Texas in Austin located. Both of these colleges have around 51 thousand students. However Princess Noura University is the biggest women’s college in the world (“Saudi Arabia’s First Women’s University,” Rawan Jabaji, 2008), and the University of Texas is one of the top co-ed schools in the U.S, according to

To learn more about gender equality and women education I interviewed, Asim Alshaikhmbarek. Asim is from Saudi Arabia, and he went to men-only schools his whole life. I asked him about his opinion on education in Saudi Arabia, and he said, “Schools in Saudi Arabia are not so good. They need to make it fun.” I asked him about the education of women, and he stated, “I have never been in school where women are around. I like being away from women because I feel that each of us gets to learn better.” From hearing Asims opinion I really got to learn new things about what I am studying.

In conclusion, I would say that equality can be defined in many different ways depending on your background. In my opinion, I can say equality is about comparing women to men. From the statistics I had above, I can say Saudi Arabia’s education is as high as the U.S. Although women in Saudi Arabia dont have jobs like women in America, but these have two differnt cultures. I would also state that looking at women in different cultures will help you better understand your own culture.

Access to Education

October 9, 2012, by

In my MDG (Millennium Development Goals) course, we created a local profile on education in Chicago. The purpose of this piece was to study the recent local issue around the target we are focusing on. I was focusing on education in Chicago and the teacher strike of 2012. We had to get statistics, find news articles, and conduct an interview with a person that works in that field.  What I am mostly proud of is my final paper, and the interview I got to do with Amy Hill a manger of the youth program in Refugee-One, who had great information about education. My final page was a great accomplishment for me. From this project, I learned that Chicago is at risk in education, that students here need more education, and especially that the teacher strike came at a bad time.

Here is my report below:

Access to education

This local profile examines one of the Millennium development goals. The target that I am focusing on is target 2.1, “making sure that by 2015 children everywhere boys and girls will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling.” I looked at the recent teacher strike to see how it affected education, created a graph of local statistics, and talked to a local expert.

 In Chicago, a lot of children got affected by the 2012 strike. A recent CNN article, reported by Kyung Lah and Greg Botelho, states that “parents and city officials scrambled to keep about 350,000 children busy and out of trouble as the strike stretched into its second week.” It also quoted a CPS parent, Will White, who said, ““It is frustrating for me that the kids are not in school, and I have to find other ways to continue their education.” The teacher strike stopped 350,000 students from accessing education. That led to parents getting frustrated and try to find other ways for their kids to access education.

 Before the teacher strike, the education of CPS was already at risk. As graph one shows, ISAT scores in Chicago are lower than IL as a whole. In addition graph two shows IL honor roll comparing Chicago, to the suburbs, and down state IL. As you see Chicago, the red column, is always lower than down state, the blue column, and the suburbs, which is the green column. As the graphs show, Chicago is always lower in education, meaning the teacher strike is not what we were waiting for, because we need students to be educated.

 Recently, I had a conversation with Amy Hill, a manager of the youth program at Refugee-One organization. I asked her what she thought about the teacher strike and she said, “I have mixed feelings about the strike. I want students to get enough education and want teachers to have their rights to speak up. I think that the teacher strike came at the wrong timing, we need more education for the students.” From hearing Amy’s opinion and adding it to mine, I can really say that Chicago is at risk in education and schools.

 In my conclusion, I can say that Chicago students are really at risk in getting the education they want. I was convinced of this by reading about the teacher strike, looking at local statistics of education in Chicago, and interviewing Amy Hill. All of this information showed the real meaning of access which is students getting the education they want. The teacher strike showed us what is an important part of access to education, if teachers are not in school to educate students, then students will not get the education they need.