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Thursday, 6 March 2014

Gins Task 4 Word Art

I decided to choose this quote from my book (Our Voice.  The Children of Masoyi) because it really shows the motivation and resilience that each child has.  Every child goes through a tough obstacle/challenge in their life in this book, some family members leave them, pass away or get very ill. Even with all the challenges and obstacles, each child finds away to still chase there dreams.  Especially Xolani Happy Mashego.  I believe staying hopeful and motivated with a positive attitude is a very important thing to do in your life no matter the situation.  Challenges will arise but depending on how you look at it, they can be overcome.  It is easier said then done but the children in this book definitely showed it can be done.  I believe that this quote is the strongest in the book and definitely shows his motivation.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

GINS Post #7, Free Write

In this entry we were told to show empathy for the main characters in the story we read.  We free wrote  acting like we were the character.  Keep in mind this is a free write, it was not edited.  All I did was try and throw out as much information as I could about this story.  Enjoy.

I aspire to be a teacher in my future.  Challenges do come in to my goals and my dreams but I try to fight through them no matter how hard it is.  I was born in a poor family.  My family consists of my mother, father and little brother.  Every day we had just enough to feed the family but it was hard to get access to water.  The times when my father and my mother were there for me things were much easier, all I had to worry about was helping around the house and doing the best I can in my homework so I can reach my goals and dreams.  Once I was 11 things got tougher.  In Masoyi, we have a high population of people that are diagnosed with AIDS (HIV).  Unfortunately my mother and father were victims to this.  Once I found out that my parents were gone I cried and cried. I almost had no hope in my future.  I did know that challenges would come up but not this great.  I realized that I had to take care of my little brother, get food for both of us, take care of the house, do my school work and especially, be the leader in the house.  I was not ready for this type of responsibility and I was panicking.  After a couple of years I started to get the hang of it.  I really cared for my brother which is why I was so motivated to get through the challenge.  I am now in grade 10 and my little brother is in grade 6.  

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

GINS Post #6

In class, In a group of 4 we had to quickly develop a world charter.  My group thought it would be a good idea to label the sub sections of the charter just like Canada's.  It was a good way to wrap our head around the assignment and find new ideas.  Below is our quick charter for the globe.

Fundamental Human and Animal Freedoms:
  • The right to life, liberty and happiness
  • To not be treated cruelly
  • To be given a fair trial with fair treatment
  • To receive support from others

Religious Freedoms:
  • Freedom to your own religion

Environmental Freedoms:
  • Freedom to clean air
  • Freedom to clean water

Political Rights for citizens:
  • Right to choose your government in a democratic society
  • Right to express your own voice to and in the government

Language Rights:
  • A language used daily from a population occupying 35%  or over will be a dominant language (official)
  • An english for it is the national language of business

Mobility Rights:
  • The right to leave enter or leave any country with no government to stop them
  • Work visa is required if you are not a citizen of that country or live in the country for at least

Equality Freedoms:
  • To be be free of discrimination from everyone including higher authority

Government Responsibilities:
  • Respect citizens views and opinions
  • Give what the people want

Our group had many disagreements but most were minor.  We were deadlocked between thinking that one was a freedom and another was a right.  Another setback we had was coming up with ways to come up with our subsections.  My GINS book has citizens caring for each other and helping one another no matter who they are and what they are going through.  Because of that, I thought that equality rights should definitely be apart of the charter.  Not only is equality going on in Masoyi but in almost every country in the world.  A lot of people are religious in my book.  Whenever they are in a need support from their struggles, they pray to whoever their god is.  The freedom to believe in whichever  religion is yours is also apart of our charter.  We did not have much troubles with coming up with religion freedoms.

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

GINS Post #5

Right now in class we are studying the Canadian Charter of Rights of Freedoms.  Since my book has taken place in Masoyi, South Africa, I thought I would look to see if they have any document similar.

South Africa has the South African Charter of Religious Rights.  In South Africa every person has the right to religion.  They can practice which ever religion they want.  They also say that no person should be discriminated in any way for their religion.  Each person is South Africa has the right to privacy.  That means that they have the right not to have their home searched, their property searched, their possessions seized, and the property of their communications infringed.  Everybody has the right to equality.  No person can be treated unfairly based on race, gender, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, martial status, age disability, religion, colour belief etc.  Also every citizen has the right to basic education.

This document has very similar rights compared to Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms.  I think that South Africa would not be too different from what it is now.  Sure there are more laws based on the culture of their community that are different than Canada's but the main laws that have a bigger effect on the community there are very similar.  In Masoyi some of the laws above are barely met because of the economy there.  I think that if the small towns economy improved, the laws would be met especially the right to basic education.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

GINS and Consumerism Mashup

Im reading a book called “Our Voice.  Children of Masoyi.”  In this post, I am going to connect the book to the concepts we are studying about consumerism and economics.  My book takes place in Masoyi which is a small tribal community in South Africa.  

Masoyi and Canada are very two very different places.  In Masoyi citizens have to live with the very limited supply of materials and goods they have yet with Canada, it feels like you have an unlimited supply of them.  Masoyi is its own tribal community but is part of South Africa’s economy.  Everybody thinks that consumerism is eating away our lives, but in Masoyi it is just helping them survive.  Masoyi can only get the essentials because of how poor everybody is there.  For example, if we use Maslows Hierarchy to try and show how each place as a whole consumes, Masoyi would be in the Physiological side of it, which is way at the bottom.  

South Africa in general has a pretty good economy.  So how did Masoyi become so poor?  Since Masoyi is a tribal community, it is very isolated from South Africa.  Because of that the effect just started to kick in and the main issue in Masoyi became poverty and sickness.  

I find it amazing how two separate nations consumer identities can be so different.  There are some people out there who are praying to get some food and clothing, yet others are praying to get the new PS4.  

Monday, 18 November 2013

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

GINS Roundtable

Here is my roundtable discussion with Mac, Lauren, and Steven.