This year the main project for the Future Problem Solvers (High Achievers Program) was looking at the basic human rights for women in third world countries and how these rights are being ignored and denied. We’ve learnt that women living under these harsh conditions can not help themselves because they either aren’t educated enough to fully understand their rights or they simply don’t have the power to do so. That’s why we’ve decided to raise money for CARE Australia to help women in developing counties realise their full potential as a human being. CARE Australia is striving to help those in need with their health, education, leadership and money.
As part of this project we also looked into The Girl Effect. The Girl Effect is about educating just one girl and helping her start her own business and she will bring another 14 girls with her leading to the empowerment of all girls in the community. Now imagine this happening to all girls in all developing countries……….. it could change history forever.
In Term 4 we had a guest speaker, Lyrian Fleming, who came to our school and talked to us about her experiences through working in CARE Australia. She gave an inspirational speech and spoke about how she’s actually been to a developing country and seen the problems first hand. These problems include poverty, abuse, child marriage, food crisis and having no basic human rights. She also announced that the 11th of October 2012 was the first ever International Day of the Girl Child and now it has been recognised as the official UN day.
We have sold 15 boxes of Cadbury chocolates each containing 48 chocolate bars that we sold for $1 each, held a few cake stalls (all home-made) in front of the library and sold other forms of sweets around the school to raise money. The total amount all the Future Problem Solvers raised together is $651.18. All this money will go to help CARE Australia support people in third world countries and make a difference in the world.
Thank you to all the students who have supported us and bought our products and to all the teachers who helped organise everything. A very special thank you to all the Future Problem Solvers this year for their amazing effort and contribution to this program. We had a great and successful year!
“Be the change you want to see in the world.”
Lisa Li, Year 7I