miércoles, 12 de enero de 2011

Our world: Life (for Women) in Uganda

Next Tuesday, Dr Joaquin Mendonça, member of "Cirujanos del mundo" will come to our school to tell the students in 1st BAC about this NGO and the work they are doing in Uganda. This could be the perfect time to reread one of the stories from last term, Remember Atita, and to go over the post I wrote about Africa. It will also be a great opportunity to ask about the rebels, the LRA, the kidnapping of children...

To get you acquainted with the country, here´s a video called African Daughters about two Ugandan girls with big dreams, Hoctavia and Ruth. For them, graduating from high school is the only way to lift themselves and their families out of poverty but  millions of girls in Africa will never move beyond primary school  and in Uganda a high school education is generally reserved for boys so they face a big challenge.

The official languages in Uganda are English and Swahili; the video has both audio and subtitles in English but it will be interesting to know whether you understand the accent here better or worse than what you are used to hearing, British and  American English.

How do you feel after watching this documentary? I´d love to know your impressions as boys and girls living in a developed country, feel free to send your comments.

7 comentarios:

  1. Laura Rodríguez de la Sierra19 enero, 2011

    We(students from 2º BAC) couldn't go to the lecture but, today, our Biology teacher told us some interesting things about this NGO.
    I felt really moved when she told us how the doctors cured the Ugandan child and, specially when she repeated the words of the child's mother: "I want my son to study medicine,to return what he has received".
    I think that all of us should think in this, specially people from mi class, we want to study medicine but I'm sure that too many people want to study it because of the money or the prestige, not to helping people and I believe that the most important thing of being a doctor,is to help people.

  2. Nice -and meaningful- thoughts, Laura

  3. Ana Rodríguez20 enero, 2011

    Laura, I agree with you that most of the students who want to be a doctor in a few years’ time don’t care about helping people to solve their health’s problems and they only want to be a important person who earns a lot of money, but that’s because we live in a developed country, and, to us, it’s very easy to have anything we want, so we think we don’t have to thank everything. And unfortunately, as time goes by, children feel even less lucky for living with all these advantages.

  4. Ana, I do hope not most of the future doctors just think of the money they are going to earn. It would be a pìty. Being a doctor is so much about caring that I can´t imagine doctors operating on patients with just the vision of euros in their eyes (the vision just looks like a vignette in a cartoon)

  5. Ana Rodríguez20 enero, 2011

    Yes, I hope so too, but unfortunately nowadays children grow up in a world where the most important thing is money.They think money gives happiness so they tend to choose their future profession comparing the salary they will earn. Maybe I am a bit pessimistic, and I hope doctors choose their career because they like their job and not only because of the money, mainly because if this is true, we, patients, have a big problem.

  6. Xoel Parga Maseda22 enero, 2011

    This videos suggest me to reflect what is the truth, what do we know of the reality of Africa. People maybe think Africa is a chaos, or maybe think there things aren't so bad. This videos are necessary to show the world the reality. This is my opinion.

  7. Xoel, every topic has different sides and we should try to see as many as possible to really understand it. Thanks for your comment and your thoughts!


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