Tagged: Discrimination

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.

The Watsons Go To Birmingham – 1963

Recently, our class finished reading the book The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis. It was a historical fiction novel and I thought it was very good. At the beginning it was just a story about a family called the ‘Weird’ Watsons, but it slowly developed into a very intense story. The main character was Kenny, the middle child in the family, supporting characters include Byron Watson, Kenny’s brother, Joetta Watson, Kenny’s little sister, and his parents Daniel and Wilona.

At the beginning, Kenny and Byron are not very nice to each other. They constantly argue, and Byron always bullies Kenny. But as the story goes on, Byron develops more of a caring brother persona. The plot basically centers around a trip to Birmingham, Alabama, where Wilona’s mother Grandma Sands lives. They go because Byron has become such a big bully that his parents want to teach him a lesson. At Birmingham, Kenny enters a small clearing and almost drowns from a whirlpool, and has hallucinations of a wool pooh, of which his brother said was Winnie The Pooh’s evil twin. But things get horrid when a bomb goes off in the 16th Street Baptist Church, where Joetta was going to Sunday school. But Joey survived because she claimed to see Kenny and that she followed him.

Although the Watsons are not real, the bomb went off in an African-American church in Birmingham Alabama. And 4 little girls died, and many more were injured. This was the extent of the discrimination that went on in the United States back in the 1960s. And although it is much, much better now, people still do discriminate. So I hope that people help others that are being discriminated, maybe by standing up for the, or even by just talking to them. Discrimination is truly a horrible thing.

A Picture Of The Book