"All humans are members of the same body Created from one essence"

"Human beings are members of a whole in creation of one essence and soul. If one member is afflicted with pain, other members uneasy will remain."

Thursday, 10 January 2013

2013 a path to a cleaner, productive future

In June 2012, world leaders gathered in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for a summit on environment and development.

Bhutan convinced the UN to adopt a resolution on "Happiness: a holistic approach to development." This resolution commits nations to create "the necessary political, social and economic conditions to enable the pursuit of happiness by citizens within a stable environment."

I agree with the Buthanese leader when he said that promoting happiness and well-being is indeed an important objective.

But we also need to agree on a new approach for achieving a prosperous and sustainable future.

Sustainable development means development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.


We must stop nations from destroying irreplaceable natural resources and polluting the planet! Human behavior must change in order to prevent more divided societies, increased poverty and worsened environmental damage!

About 3 billion people on the planet, many of them in Africa, lack access to electricity. They are forced to use wood, coal, or other unhealthy materials for cooking or heating homes.

We must develop green-energy programme to increase the production of energy from geotherman, wind and bio-fuel power.

African heads of state and ministers must meet more often and agree on a consensus response about sustainable development programme (increasing commitments to agricultural productivity, providing access to safe drinking water, manage hazardous wastes, climate change...).

African governments must pledge to make development work for all... governments must listen to the people, not the polluters...

In Africa, urban planning is slow and bureaucratic, and by the time it reaches implementation, things have already chnaged, growth has outstripped the plans!!!

Many urbans Africans currently are obliged to live in slums!

How can we change our political system? The only way to fight corruption is to improve our institutions. You and I can change this situation... the power of people can no longer be undermined...

My brothers and sisters, based on what history has taught us, it is up to our voices, voices of thoughtful concerned citizens, to stand up and resist corruption.

Enough is enough! We need a strong civil society across Africa!

Sunday, 21 October 2012

G20 group of developing nations and Globalization

Globalization... the growing interdependence and interaction among people, companies and corporations in various locations around the world.

It's as if the world is shrinking! Some say we live in a global village now.

But you have to remember that today all the clothing and footwear on sale in our shops is made in poorer countries, where wages are lower.

People, for example, who make our clothes in other countries, are young girls from rural villages with little education!


We can no longer tolerate sweatshops!! These factories were girls work long hours for low pay must be closed!

Companies promise to make sure conditions are okay, but they are still many abuses.

Is it fair that girls are exploited to keep us looking good?

Many LEDCs do not have strong laws to protect their people and the environment. So, factories prefer to make their products in poor countries. I hope the G20 developing nations (more than 20) will have a stronger voice and they will protect their people.

Baseball caps and jeans everywhere...and fast food and fizzy drinks...and TV shows that undermine our values...now children think that it is the right culture...

Poor countries!! you have more to say....through the G20 group of developing nations!

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

I do not know...a worldview you said?

There are many things I do not know. True! but I love the fact that I do not know everything because it gives me a reason to wake up everyday.


I love learning, discovering new theories, trying to look at things from different angles (very difficult sometimes), to test different worldviews...and wait a minute, I just wrote worldview...but what is a worldview? it consists of what? is it something we can think of, discuss about it? change it? remove it? erase it and make another one?


Can you guess what was my first reaction after asking myself all these questions about worldviews....yes you are rigth...I went to my teenager's room and I asked him, what is a worldview?


He looked at me, first, puzzled and then, as usual, his answer came out full of wit and charm, "Am I asked what is 'my' worldview or what is 'our' worldview?


hummmmm great question....does that mean that I am not applying the rules of democracy ...I mean democracy principles, the ideals of universal freedoms, such as the right to free speech...in our home? NO, this cannot be possible ;) right??


What guides a person's decision making? This question may seem abstract and philosophical, but it is actually very practical. When decisions need to be made, are there guidelines to follow?


Everyday decisions, as well as abstract and philosophical decisions, are influenced by one's worldview. For example, deciding which political party to support, choosing how to make financial decisions, and many other practical matters are decided on by one's worldview.


Most people who encounter the concept of worldview first do so during their college education. But even as adults, few people take the time to think about, examine, and identify their own worldview. Many consider the topic too heavy or too philosophical, yet whether it is perceived or not, each person has a worldview that impacts their life.


Decisions are all determined by a person's worldview. If people understand their own decision making process and can explain it, they are well on their way to understanding and articulating their worldview.






What is a Worldview?
According to Nash, "It is a conceptual framework, pattern, or arrangement of a person's beliefs. The best worldviews are comprehensive, systematic, and supposedly true views of life and the world" (Nash, 1999, p. 13).
According to Sire, "A worldview is a set of presuppositions (assumptions which may be true, partially true, or entirely false) which we hold (consciously or subconsciously, consistently or inconsistently) about the basic make-up of our world" (Sire, 1988, p. 17).
Many authors who write on the topic of worldview use a common analogy to explain what a worldview is and how it influences our thinking.
A worldview is like a pair of eyeglasses that influences how one sees the world. The purpose of eyeglasses, of course, is to bring the world (reality) into clearer focus. Eyeglasses should help a person see well. Some glasses change the way things appear because of colored lenses.
The origin of the prescription becomes the foundation of worldview.
Hoffecker (2007) noted that worldviews impact every area of life. "One's worldview, or world-and-life view, consists of one's most basic beliefs and framework of understanding Directly or indirectly, basic beliefs influence every dimension of human life" (p. xi).
WHAT IS YOUR WORLDVIEW? I am going to tell you about mine next time..
Have a great day!

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Nuclear Fission

If the nucleus splits, there is nuclear fission. 20% of electric energy in the United States is generated by nuclear fission reactors. The main problem of fission power is the generation of radioactive waste products. According to Hewitt (2008), nuclear fission power plants operating around the world today are safe. The water in contact with the fuel rods is completely contained and radioactive materials are not involved directly in the generation of electricity (p. 325). Because the U-325 isotopes are so highly diluted with U-238, an explosion like that of a nuclear bomb is not possible.



The radiation from a nuclear power plant consists of subatomic particles traveling at or near the velocity of light. They can penetrate deep inside the human body where they can damage biological cells and thereby initiate cancer.

Radiation is indeed everywhere but only lethal doses of radiation of 500 rems can kill a person. However, 80% of radiation comes from natural sources, such a cosmic rays and Earth itself. The human body is a significant source of natural radiation, primarily from the potassium we ingest (Hewitt, 2008, p. 315). But the good news is that our cells repair most kinds of molecular damage caused by radiation if the radiation is not too severe.

Sunday, 3 June 2012

2012 READING LIST


"Lighting a Pathway to the Future"                                                June 2012


Dear Parents,

I am  inviting students to engage in reading experiences that will provide them with a firm foundation for the 2012-2013 school year.

There is no question that one of the most valuable components to your student's academic success is reading. Students who are strong, avid readers are generally good students and competent test-takers. Mrs. Ferdjani is committed to doing all she can to develop her students’ reading skills and help them discover the life-long pleasure reading can bring to their lives.

Each student in grade 6 – 11 is required to read a total of three books during their summer break.

Students and parents are required to sign the honour statement at the bottom of each report to receive credit for the summaries.

Students and parents are encouraged to establish individual reading goals to aid students in their time management. Both reports, with signatures, will be due the first week of school.

The success of any program is the direct result of parental support and involvement.

I encourage you to look over the book list and help your child get started on their summer reading in July. I realize this program requires extra effort from both you and your child. It is just such effort that will reap academic benefits in the life of your student.

I look forward to the continued partnering with you in this effort to help your student reach his/her given potential.

Sincerely,

Students will be expected to turn in their 3 summer reading reports/forms during the first week of school, Sept. 10-12.

List of Books



1.     My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

2.     A Thousand Never Evers by Burg Shana

3.     Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream by Stone Tanya Lee

4.     Counting on Grace by Winthrop Elizabeth

5.     Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix

6.     Lay that Trumpet in Our Hands by Susan McCarthy

7.     Tangerine by Edward Bloor

8.     The Secret Life of Bees by Kidd, Sue Monk

9.     Buddha Boy by Koja Kathe

10.                       HOOP DREAMS: A TRUE STORY OF HARDSHIP AND TRIUMPH BY BEN JORAVSKY

11.                       The Joy Luck Club by Tan Amy

12.                       And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

13.                       On The Devil's Court by Deuker Carl

14.                       Rebecca by DuMaurier Daphne

15.                       Beanball by Fehler Gene

16.                       The Greatest Muhammad Ali by Myers Walter Dean

17.                       Sunrise over Fallujah by Myers Walter Dean

18.                       Begging for Change by Sharon G. Flake

19.                       Chains by Anderson Laurie Halse

20.                       The Keepers' Tattoo by Arbuthnott Gill

21.                       The Guinea Pig Scientists : Bold Self-Experimenters in Science and Medicine by Dendy Leslie .A

22.                       Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet by Dionne Erin

23.                       The Hound of the Baskervilles by Doyle Arthur Conan Sir

24.                       Fire from the Rock by Draper Sharon M.

25.                       The Red Necklace : A Story of the French Revolution  by Gardner Sally

26.                       Once by Gleitzman Morris

27.                       The Absolute True Diary of a Part -Time Indian by Alexie Sherman

28.                       Thirteen reasons Why: A Novel by Asher Jay

29.                       Proof: A Play by Auburn David

30.                       Charles and Emma : The Darwin's Leap of  Faith by Heiligman Deborah

31.                       The HouseKeeper and the Professor by Ogawa Yoko

32.                       A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Beah Ishmael

33.                       Zeitoun by Eggers Dave

34.                       City of Veils by Ferraris Zoe

35.                       Fall of Giants by Follett Ken

36.                       Chronicle of Death Foretold by Garcia Marquez Gabriel

37.                       A Thousand Splendid Suns by Hosseini Khaled

38.                       Unaccustomed Earth by Lahiri Jhumpa

39.                       Atonement : A Novel by McEwan Ian

40.                       Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin by Sides Hampton

41.                       The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Skloot  Rebecca

42.                       The Book Thief  by Zusak Markus

43.                       Cutting for Stone by Verghese Abraham
STUDENT READING FORM (Three Books)

TITLE:_____________________________________ NUMBER OF PAGES:________

AUTHOR: _________________________________



1. Summarize the story (plot) in one or two paragraphs (100 words minimum).



2. What is the theme or purpose of the book? In one or two sentences discuss the main point (lesson, moral) of the book.



STUDENT:_______________________________ DATE:________________________



PARENT:________________________________ DATE:________________________












Sunday, 29 April 2012

Why should I care about malaria? Radio Public Service Announcement

In the time it takes to read my speech on your radio station, a child will die of a preventable disease called malaria.

Malaria is caused by a microscopic parasite that lives in the stomach and saliva of certain mosquitoes. After an infected mosquito bites someone, the tiny parasites can enter the person’s bloodstream. Within two weeks the person gets sick, with symptoms that resemble a cold at first but can lead to death.

Today, my niece would have celebrated her 30th birthday if she had not died of malaria in Niger. My sister-in-law lost her baby because of malaria. Malaria is a leading killer of children under 5 in Africa. In fact, an African child dies from malaria every 30 seconds.

Malaria kills more than 1 million people every year and each year between 350 million and 500 million people are infected with malaria.

Yet these deaths are preventable, and malaria is treatable!

Malaria is preventable. The easiest and cheapest way to prevent malaria infection is through the use of long-lasting insecticide treated bed-nets (LLINs) which can last up to five years. Bed nets create a protective barrier against mosquitoes. They prevent mosquitoes from biting at night, when the risk is highest.

The nets prevent mosquitoes from biting, and also kill mosquitoes that land on the nets. Let us not forget that a bed net can cover more than one person and can last up to five years. For 10$, we can provide a bed net and the training to go with it. 


Malaria costs Africa at least $12 billion in lost annual GDP. Therefore, if we prevent malaria infection, this money can be used to promote education and school meals in primary schools. 

Malaria can be prevented and treated through a comprehensive approach that involves long-lasting insecticide-treated bed nets, eliminating mosquito breeding areas, selective indoor residual spraying, medicines for treatment, and education. This similar approach had been used by the U.S.A and Panama and it worked. Both countries have eradicated malaria from their land!

Malaria is a resilient foe that continues to kill our children and adults in Africa.

By working together, we can make a difference and we can save lives. Governments, individuals, and different funders of malaria operations in Africa must continue to work closely in order to fight malaria and to eradicate malaria. If we all stay united against malaria, we will win the fight!

Let us not forget that 40% of health resources are used to treat malaria and malaria costs Africa $12 billion annually. Almost 2000 people die in Africa daily from malaria and children under 5 account for 85% of malaria deaths.

Every 45 seconds, a child dies of malaria! It is not acceptable! For just 10$, you and I can provide a life-saving mosquito net to a child at risk, protecting that child from contracting malaria for up to five years.  Remember! Malaria is preventable and treatable.

Sunday, 15 April 2012

WHY MALARIA IS AN IMPORTANT AND URGENT ISSUE ?

WHY MALARIA IS AN IMPORTANT AND URGENT ISSUE ?

•    91% of all Malaria deaths occur in Africa
•    85% of malaria victims are young children in Africa
•    Malaria can account for up to 40% of public health expenditures
•    Fighting malaria is key to improving maternal and child health
•    There are 247,000,000 annual cases of malaria worldwide
•    Every 45 seconds a child dies of malaria
•    Trials of insecticide-treated mosquito nets have found that they reduce child mortality by 20%
•    Mosquito nets are highly cost-effective, as cost-effective as measles immunization
•    Malaria No More has distributed 2.6 million mosquito nets in 13 African countries to cover over 5,000,000 people
•    Malaria No More stands as a case study of how aid can change
•    Malaria costs Africa at least $12 billion in lost annual GDP
•    Malaria affects 5 of the 8 Millennium Development Goals
•    In 11 African countries, childhood mosquito net use has increased 10x in the past decade