Today is The United Nations International Day of The Girl.
This year’s focus is on the state of education for girls across the globe. Worldwide 31 million girls don’t get to attend primary school and 34 million don’t go to lower secondary school. While worldwide 1 in 5 don’t go to secondary school at all, in some countries up to 50% don’t even receive a primary school education. In Papua New Guinea this figure is 40%.
This affects not only the girls and their families (one extra year in secondary school can lead to a 15 to 20% income increase in the future) but a 1% increase in girls attending school also creates a 0.3% increase in GDP.
Every extra year of secondary education a mother received cuts infant mortality by 5-10. Universal secondary education in sub-Saharan Africa can save 1.8 million lives.
Many of these girls who miss out on an eduction become child brides. If the current rate continues it is estimated by 2020 the will be 140 million child brides a year, this equals 3900 girls per day.
To learn more about International Day of The Girl check out:
and explore PLAN’ s erase it mural – http://plan-international.org/eraseit/mobile/en/
To view what my students think and feel about International Day of The Girl go to their blogs by following the links on the left.
“One child, one teacher,one book, one pen can the world,” Malala Yousefzi speaking at the UN.
To explore the data we collected for the recent 5c frenzy we’re going to build on the work we did earlier in the year on graphing. While we touched on them last semester, we are going Infographs to investigate visual data representation.
We are going to look at What is an infographic? and what do we mean by A visual image of data.
As a part of our 5C frenzy we are going to use infographs to create interesting and colourful ways to present our data. There are many online sites the let you create these graphs the easiest ones seem to be infogr.am and ManyEyes.
Once you’ve created your graphs upload them to your blog then respond to the following statements:
Some of the problems we encountered along the way were
What we did to over come these were
What worked with our infographs was
What I can improve upon in
(to see 5/6Bs Infographs you can get to their individual blogs by following the links on the left)
Before we move onto the last term of 2013 it is time to post a reflection on the term 3 projects. Under the following headings use the first three to talk about the content you researched and the last three to discuss what you learnt about doing projects.
Three facts I found interesting and surprising:
Two understandings I now have:
One wondering I still have is:
What were the most important things I learnt?
How did I learn it?
What am I going to do with what I have learnt?
Finally a concluding statement where you share your overall thoughts and feelings about your project, the work you did, what you learnt and how it was working with your team.
Once that is completed explore the following sight to tune into our work this term on forensic science: http://kids.mysterynet.com/
Following on from the recent Melbourne Writer’s Festival student short story competition here is another opportunity to share you creative writing skills. Entry is NOW OPEN in the write4fun.net‘s 2013 Schools Writing Competition! Students all over Australia, from ALL GRADES, are invited to enter their short stories OR poems.
Unlike the Melbourne Writer’s Festival competition there is no theme!! Entrants are can write on ANY TOPIC and in ANY STYLE.
Entry is FREE and all entries must be in by September 22, 2013.
As an extra incentive all poems and short stories entered into the competition will be considered for inclusion into Write4fun’s 2013 anthology!