Tagged: Peace And Conflict

The Bee Movie – How It Relates To The Economy

Today our class watched a movie called The Bee Movie, in which bees sue human beings for taking their honey illegally. The movie had quite clear relations to the economy, uneven distribution of resources, unfair trade and even human resources/forced labour. Although the main purpose of the movie was to entertain young people, the movie also showed examples of various economical issues that countries and international corporations have.

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The movie was focused on bees that worked all their lives to make honey, and humans taking the honey away from them without their knowledge and permission. That can be connected to forced labour, with the bees being the human resources, and the humans being wealthy buisness owners (technically, the humans WERE wealthy business owners).

Another connection I made from the movie is that if 1 part of the economy stops working, in this case the producers of honey (bees), there could be disastrous effects. Although the movie was extremely exaggerated, it clearly showed that even 1 tiny part of our economy (environment in the movie), could change things massively.

The movie also showed unfair trade and uneven distribution of resources when the humans had most of the honey, but the very makers of the honey were overworked, and didn’t even have most of the products they produced! This is actually a clear sign of the uneven distribution, and also the unfair trade between humans and bees.

Anyways, the movie was generally entertaining, although extremely impossible (I didn’t even count the talking animals!), and there was a lot of conflict in the movie, with bees using the humans towards the end, but it ended in peace, and the bees returned the flowers, but also learned to rest more.

To Educate A Girl

Today our class watched a movie named Educating A Girl regarding female rights to education in a few African countries. It made me feel like the world was split completely. Some people are really fortunate and have rights to education and resources, while other completely do not. I saw many girls who had to drop out of school at a very young age to get married! There are two things wrong with that, and they are both very important. The first is that teenage girls shouldn’t even be getting married! And secondly, they should come back to school even if they get married , because if they earn a steady income, the family could be in a better economical situation.
The movie showed many groups like GEM, the girls education movement and Young Champions going to rural villages and trying to persuade parents to send they’re female children to school. I saw the conditions these children and adults had to live in, I saw the schools they went to, and I thought “Wow… All my life, I’ve taken school for granted, I’ve had books, iPads, and pencils, and I thought the rest of the world had that!” And I saw how selfish people in developed countries have been.
Now that I’ve seen this film, I really want to make a difference. I want boys AND girls to go to school, all over the world! I don’t want girls sacrificing schooling to earn money, I don’t want girls in school being gossiped about for not being married. I want to help this stop. So I am going to start donating little by little to foundations like GEM, so that they can help those girls in those developing areas.

Social Studies Trading Stimulation

After having learning a lot about capital, natural and human resources, our class had a trade stimulation in which our class got split into 5 unnamed “country” groups. Every country had an amount of resources at the beginning, our group had a lot of water, but nowhere as many as another group, which had 100 buckets of water. Every group also had a ending goal with a few different trading sessions in which people tried to reach their ultimate goal. The countries had to send out a representative, and everyone got numbers from 1-6, and when Mrs. Huiet rolled a dice, the number that was rolled was the number of the trader, with a new number each time. It was really fun and I learned a lot about unequal distribution of resources from this very interesting stimulation.

At the start, our group had quite a lot of mixed resources, and our goals had 1 resource from every resource category. We needed 1000 RMB (capital resource: money), 4 teachers (human resource) and also 10 gallons of fossil fuels (natural resource). Capital resources include money, infrastructure and technology, natural resources are any resources created naturally and human resources are people who do things for other people. Our demand was actually the maximum amount of teachers and fossil fuels in the entire stimulator world, and we ended up 3 teachers short from our goal and 1 gallon of fossil fuel short. We did earn extra RMB though, which was really fun. Overall, I think most of the groups were very successful, with most groups only 1 or 2 resources short of their goals.

Because some groups had minimal resources, and some groups had resources that weren’t demanded, they were slightly short of their ultimate goal. Some other countries demanded more than the supply, and went short of their goal. During the trading, the countries weren’t allowed to talk to their representative, but Mrs. Huiet could announce changes in the market.

I think that the distribution of the resources were very unequal, with massive lack of human resources like teachers. Distribution with fossil fuels was unequal too, with many countries demanding it, but only ours receiving most of it. At the end, when everyone looked over everyone else’s things, people were VERY angry because of the unequal distribution, and we actually learned a lot about the world, and I learned to appreciate that we have all we have. Unequal distribution is actually a major issue in our world, and while we take water, food, electricity and even doctors and teachers for granted, it’s completely different in other places on earth, so we have to appreciate all that we have.

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What We Had At The End

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Trading

The Breadwinner

For the past month, Mrs. Huiet has been reading the book The Breadwinner (Link To GoodReads), and I really loved the book. Although it was really kind of shocking to hear, a lot of the writing was really wonderful. I recommend that people above 11 years old to read it, but don’t let young children read it because it really has some disturbing scenes including a part where Parvana, the main character, and Shauzia, her friend, witness a group of men’s hands being cut off by Taliban soldiers.

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The book is really centered on hope, and the journey of a girl called Parvana, who has to transform into a “boy” to feed her family when her father is captured by Taliban soldiers. I couldn’t even imagine how Parvana suffered so much discrimination for being a girl, and how her entire family starved because they didn’t have a male escort to take them out to buy food. The family almost starved to death, but whenever they held onto hope, they survived trial after trial. Here is a quote that was said by an unnamed old man at the end of the book. It really depicted how horrible it was, but also that if you are optimistic, everything is better.
“Afghans love beautiful things, but we have seen so much ugliness, we sometimes forget how wonderful a thing like a flower is” -The Breadwinner, by Deborah Ellis