The Fairer World Festival
On Wednesday 3rd of September 2013 4 girls and 4 boys from Longford Primary School went to the University of Tasmania to spend a day learning about poverty, racism, the Red Cross, Vinnie’s and a lot of other stuff with Mrs Moore. The 8 students were Issac, Paige, Cody, Toby Maddi, Jasmine, Jhye and Theo. We left school at 8.45 and arrived at about 9.20, we were all squeezed into a mini bus.
When we got off we had to sign in and a boy from Travellen showed us the main theatre and then returned us to Mrs Moore. Then we looked at all of the different stalls. We got a few freebies while looking round. At 9.35 we had to go into the main theatre and listen to two men who were talking to us about what we would be doing for the day. Then we listened to the Young Australian of the year his name was Akram, he told us that when he was being born at the Hospital there were bombs going off and he nearly blew up and that when he arrived home he had 20 adults that protected him from getting hurt also he said that the military came and took his Grandfather and his dad but one of his uncles dressed up as a military person and asked to let his father go and they did and he told us about his school years and how he has been going to university for 8 year and is still going. He studies a lot of different subjects.
At 10.00 we went for recess and then we looked at some more stalls. Then we went back into the main theatre and were told our 1st workshop. Our 1st workshop was (I am a Global Citizen) we had to stay in the main theatre and learn a lot more about it than I ever knew. A lady told us a lot of stuff and one of the things was that girls are treated differently to men and get paid a lot less because girls wouldn’t stand up and she showed us a lot of sad videos about children having to survive by their self and defend for their land so they could sell produce for money and she showed us ways to become a global citizen by donating or volunteering to help.
After the 1 hour workshop we went for lunch outside. After lunch we went back into the main theatre and were told our last workshop. Paige and I had to go to Red Cross (don’t push my buttons) for another 1 hour workshop with a woman who was filling in for a man. First we had to play a game of Chinese whispers and it didn’t work at all. After that we had to tell everyone our names and our school and what we like to do on the weekend. After that we had to test our strength by holding a bucket and choosing the lightest things first and the heavier items it wasn’t heavy at all I thought.
At the end we went back in the main theatre and had to fill out a sheet on what we learnt and had to listen to who won the $200 for the best stall was Riverside .Then we got back on the bus on the tiny mini bus and went back to school at 3.00. I thought that the best part of the day was when Akram told us about his sad but happy life in Afghanistan and then having to move to Pakistan so the military wouldn’t find them. Also that a little boy ate out of a garbage bag full of trash because he was starving and poor and ate scraps of food out of it was very said to hear that a boy about 11 running wild trying to get some food just so he could survive. I think it was a very fun and I would love to do it again next year and I hope to learn a lot more as well. Also I would love to go and do a different workshop if they have it next year in 2014.
Fairer world festival
On the 3 September 2013 a group of students went to the Fairer World Festival at the university of Tasmania with lots of other schools. When we got there we were told about what was happening and how the day works. We had a funny band come on stage 3 people were from Hobart. We then had a talk from two men about the people in black t-shirts and red t-shirts to get help if needed. A man named Akram Azimi spoke to us about himself how he was loved by 24 people and a war was going on while Akram was being born but luckily he had survived. After Akram talked about his life it was funny because Akram invited people to the stage and asked questions and did funny things. Akram had won Young Australian year award.
It was recess time everyone went outside and had thier recess. If you finished early you could go back inside and have a look at all of the stations. We then went back to the main theatre and got told what Longford first station we were going to I am a global citizen. The lady talk to us how we can change the world. The lady showed people who were young and had drop out school to look after their families because some families were badly sick. Once we were finish with I am a global citizen we had lunch.
If we finish lunch early we could go inside and have a look at the stations some kids had there photo taken. After lunch was finish we went to are next station Maddi and I went to an animal one. The lady talks to us about animals that are getting killed for food. This lady told us that she doesn’t were anything from animals or eat. The lady had a farm called Brightside farm she kept animals. The lady brought some animals from Brightside she had the lamb, sheep, calf and some dogs. After groups were finish we went back to the main theatre for a mad pack up. We had to fill a form out about the day and what we like best. We had to put our forms and our badges in a bag.We then said goodbye people and hop on the bus and headed back for school.
I liked how the lady was talking about animals getting killed for us for food, cloths and other stuff and the lady didn’t eat any food from animals didn’t were anything from animals and other stuff.
My excursion to A Fairer World Festival
On the 2nd of September 2013 a small group of 5/6s were selected by our class teachers to attend the fairer World Festival.
At 8:45 Mrs Moore collected up 8 students from 5/6 Webb and 5/6 Cocker. These pupils included: Isaac, Maddi, Jasmine, Cody Lindsay, Toby and myself.
Once we arrived there was an opening ceremony hosted by Trevallyn Primary School, Oaktree and ‘I’m an ambassador to eradicate extreme poverty project’. The most popular hosts were Jeremy and… Josh!!
Soon we were chatting away with managers of the stalls. There was everything to do with poverty, a big future, the Bendigo bank, food security and animal cruelty. The Bendigo bank was crowded so they could be first to the free lollies: they were delicious!!!
One stall had a project that some of our grade 5/6 students will be working on next term; collecting up old and new toys including life essentials for the African Extreme poverty project.
The three girls were so adamant in getting a selfie’ taken of themselves so after the second meeting in the assembly room we got forced into having ours taken too. First we would write the top three things we were going to do to stop world poverty, then the guy in charge would take your photo with a big hi-tech camera. Fortunately for the boys, that subject could wait.
After the second look at the stalls, Akram Azimi made a speech on his gratitude to his family to then grow up to be the 2013 young Australian of the year. It was a very moving, emotional speech talking of his experiences throughout Afghanistan and Tajikistan and how he realised how lucky he was. Consequently, one particular occurrence stated an enormously important dinner with some important members of his family. Akram ate everything and anything that was possibly imaginable. On the other hand, he was such a curious boy. Therefore that night his curiosity took over…
Akram had always wanted to see where the rubbish went when his father threw it over the concrete wall so this particular, important night, when as usual his father swung the rubbish bag round and round, then finally throwing it over, Akram decided to investigate. There was a little spy-hole in the door and it was just perfect for Akram, as a growing boy, to peep through. He waited and waited and for 10-15 minutes but there was no action. Subsequently, a small boy, about Akram’s age crept out of the darkness. His clothes were shaggy, brown, extremely grimy and sullied. Akram was exceedingly surprised. The little boy cautiously opened the plastic bag, careful not to damage its contents. Then he opened it up and a big grin spread across his face. A hand shot out and grabbed the pomegranate; inside were a few leftover seeds and they went straight into the skinny little Tajikistanian boy’s mouth and an emotion of delight and happiness from just a few pomegranate seeds was unbelievable. This moment almost made half of the audience cry because of how guilty and lucky it makes you feel. Even I just felt a more ginormous sensational to whatever I could to eliminate world extreme poverty!! Eventually Aram wrapped up his speech with a couple some questions brought out by a member of the crowd. One grade 5 and his school were massively embarrassed because Akram had mistaken him as a girl. Soon we were separated into groups; fortunately our first group was all together; Mrs Moore and everyone. It was called ‘I am a Global Citizen’. It was all about world poverty and the various, small things we can do to make a difference. It was amazing. Theoretically I’d say it was the greatest workshop to make an implant in our heads. Nearly everyone started to feel like crying and most of the remaining teachers had tears in their eyes!! It ranged between poverty, equality and small actions can make a difference. I reckon it was the most astonishing, dumfounding and miraculous workshop/conversation anybody could hear. I mean I’ve seen pretty startling, extreme poverty in the world; in Vietnam of-course but this was major, to the extreme.
Throughout the day, nearing the afternoon, we were again separated into small group, this time with partners instead of all of us taking part together. I went with Toby, Isaac went with Jhye, Jasmine went with Paige and Maddi went with Cody. Our group talked all about food security and awareness on which countries/states/cities/towns have full access to proper fresh food. This was run by The Red Cross and we had again small groups to easily work with and to communicate without any interruptions.
The closing ceremony was just the littlest bit boring as you can imagine; as Longford is the best school in the whole world the prize judges gave us the blind eye and gave the $500 zoo gift voucher to Riverside Primary.
Overall, personally the Fairer World Festival held at the Tasmanian University was absolutely awesome because of how involved the workshops got you working, how “learn for all” they were and of course the freebies were pretty cool too.