Brick Lane – Challenges

The movie Brick Lane was about Nazneen Ahmed and Chanu Ahmed who moved to Britain from Bangladesh, where they got two kids, Rukshana and Bibi. They moved in to an apartment in Brick Lane, London, where they are met with huge cultural differences and struggle to acquire a livelihood after Chanu got laid off from his job.

As an immigrant living in a multicultural society, you are often faced with different challenges. After 9.11, we could definitely see in the film that many people of a different race or culture were met with racism and prejudice that almost everyone of a different race or culture got affected by. In the film we saw how afraid especially Nazneen was to go outside after the attack because of all the prejudice and violence that roamed the streets.

The film also portrayed how hard it was for Chanu to get a job again after he got laid off from his job, and how the family struggled to “stay afloat” after the absence of an annual income. This portrays how challenging it may be for immigrants without much of an education to get a job. In today’s society, there is not much you can do without a proper education. I believe that the film portrays well how difficult it may be for an immigrant, or other, without a prober education to keep or get a job.


International day

The first thing we did when we went to International day at Fagerlia high school was to listen to a lecture. The lecture was about the Palestine conflict and was held by Hilde Henriksen Waage, a Norwegian writer, scientist and historian with the middle-east as her focus field. She held a very informative and eye-opening lecture that created a significant impact on me, personally.


Later, the same day, we went to the different classrooms to listen to previous refugees, tell their own story. The experience who made the greatest impact on me personally was the human library in the multimedia room. He showed us a lot of strong pictures he had taken while he was fleeing. He told us stories about the horrific refugee camps and displayed pictures from these camps. We also visited woman who came to Norway as a teenager, went to school for a couple of years then later was deported from Norway. I could not even imagine how horrid this must have been for her and felt sorry for her, but luckily, she was sent back to Norway and finished school which made me feel truly happy for her.


The international day at Fagerlia was a really eye-opening and informative day which I think a lot of student in both Norway and other first world countries need. It gives you a lot of insight and makes you want to do more to help than to just work for one day.

Girl Rising

In today`s class we have watched the movie Girl Rising directed by Richard E. Robbins. This is a movie about 9 girls from different countries around the world, Sierra Leone, Haiti, Cambodia, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Peru, Egypt, Nepal and India. Girl Rising is also a global movement regarding girl`s and women`s education, which is based around the movie Girl Rising from 2013.


The story who made the greatest impact on me was the story of Wadley from Haiti, who lost her home and school during the devastating earthquakes of 2010. Wadley`s story made the greatest impression on me because she seemed like a very energetic and positive girl who looked forward to attending school and enjoy learning. After the heart-breaking catastrophe, the earthquake hit who Haiti, the school Wadley attended was destroyed and they had to move to another school. Her mother could not afford the new school, especially after the devastating earthquake. What inspired me the most was that after all that had happened, Wadley stayed positive and tried to attend school even if she wasn’t allowed. It was that eager to get back to school after such a devastating catastrophe had occurred that made the greatest impact on me.


In many countries, girls are considered a burden. And because men on average earn more money than women, the families who can only afford for one of their children to go to school often prioritize the boys. Simply because the boys most likely will earn more money than the girls in the future. Many girls are therefor sent to do choirs, like fetching water and cleaning. They are often silenced and considered irrelevant. One girl with courage is a revolution because if one girl with courage dare to speak out it is a revolution. An example of this is Malala Yousafzai who got the Nobel peace prize for her struggle for girls right to get an education. She had the courage to speak out about women`s right to an education. The Taliban tried to silence her, but It only made her stronger. Therefor I will conclude with if women have the courage to speak up about their situation, they may achieve wonderful things.

I believe it is very hard to relate to the lives of the girls of Girls Rising, because our lives are so different to ours. I think the girl we could relate the most to in the movie was Mariama. She had her own radio program she used to help other girls in demanding situations. We may not be able to talk to, and help people in the same way she does, but we do also have a voice we could use to raise awareness for women`s education. We have different social channels like social media and newspaper posts to help make a difference somehow the way Mariama does.


The message I believe will resonate most strongly with the people who are not already familiar with the issue is women`s education. I believe people will resonate most strongly with this because the issue with women`s education is a widely known topic, and it is therefore easy for people to resonate to the topic. The movie Girl Rising have definitely raised my awareness for women`s education. I believe this was a very educational film and as many people as possible should watch the movie if they are able to.

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Gender equality and quality education


Why is gender equality and quality education so intertwined? The problem is that in many countries men have in general a higher salary than women. In many developing countries the families can only afford to send one of their kids to school, if any at all. When the families only can afford for one of their kids to go to school, the most obvious candidate would be the one who will earn the most in the future which are the men. In this way the girls would never be allowed to participate in the education system. The girls would stay home and do “women choirs”. In developing countries 1 in 4 girls is not in school.


Why is quality education and gender equality so important? I believe quality education and gender equality is important because gender equality means that theoretically as many girls will be allowed to go to school as boys. A quality education is the foundation to decent work which another one of the 17 sustainable development goals.

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The importance of water

When situations like water shortage occurs, it is often the more vulnerable groups in the society that are affected. In developing countries, it is often the boys and men who are prioritised if something were to happen. Problems like water shortage, the situation for many women in the world and education are interconnected because when a problem that demand a lot of man power occurs, it is often the girls who must help while the boys go to school. The boys straight up get prioritised. On average, women and children around the world spend 125 million hours a day collecting water.

An example of this is ten-year-old Violet from Zambia. She says: “Every morning I am up before the sun. Three times a day I walk two miles to fetch water for my sister, my grandmother and me. While I walk, I dream about going to school. I dream about becoming a doctor.” Every hour she spends fetching water is an hour less of schooling for girls like Violet. Many girls in developing countries do not receive any education because they are occupied by chores such as fetching water all day.


The UN Sustainable Development Goals

The UN have created a lot of wonderful goals which they proceed to accomplish within the year 2030. I believe that they are all truly important. I have chosen to focus on number 14, which is about life below water and number 17, which is about revitalizing the global partnership for sustainable development.

As mentioned, number 14 is about conserving and sustainably use the oceans and marine resources. I believe this goal is especially important, because the oceans cover over three quarters of the Earth`s surface and contain 97 percent of the Earth`s water. It is also really important because over 3 billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity for their livelihoods. By other means, if the ocean gets too polluted it will affect a lot of people.

I also believe goal number 17 is very important. This is because revitalizing the global partnership for sustainable development is the foundation of all the other goals. If the countries involved do not cooperate, it will not be possible to accomplish any of the pre set goals.