Analyzing two other projects

We were asked to analyze two other projects that we found interesting during the Kulturcafé. I chose two projects, completely different from each other. One of them was quite similar to our project and the other was totally different. In this way, one could analyze both similarities and similarities.

The first project i chose to examine was the project done by Hanna Wiggman and Beata Von Koch. The aim of their project was to inspire youths in sweden to spend more time in the swedish mountains. They did this through planning and doing a trip to Kebnekaise where they learnt how to behave in the mountains, security and how to get the most out of it. They tried to spread this information thorugh writing a book they called “Fjällbook” (instead of Facebook). There are several clear similarities between our project. For example, their project is also based on doing a trip in order to gather experience that can be used in an academical way. However, we have chosen completely different ways of presenting our experiences. Doing a book about hiking in the mountains rather than writing an academic essay about it is more suitet for their project since they want as many other youths as possible to read it.

The second project I chose to examine was the project done by Carl Nordling, Wilhelm Wendt and Douglas Dracke. Theaim with their project was to estalblish a UF-company that produced T-shirts with qoutes from the serie “How I met your mother”. They seemed to have an interesting project that was different to our project in many ways. Some of the obstacles they suffered from was producing the t-shirts and do a great marketing for the company. Marketing or production of some kind was never problems in our project, since they constituted very minor (or none) part. Carls, Wilhelms and Douglas project was much more dependent on what other people thought of their product, than our project. Therefore the marketing was really important. It seemes as they solved the problem well through marketing a lot among friends at, for example, the ski-trip to bad Gastein. There they gave some free t-shirts to friends who then could do some marketing for them. A smart solution, I believe!

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Source criticism

Here is all of the sources we have used in our academic essay:

Dhariwal, Navdip. Child Labour – India´s “cheap commodity”. BBC http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/5059106.stm

BBC is a worldwide known newspaper. It has a very strong reputation and is a very reliable source. The reporter, Navdip Dhariwal, has based the article on visits at Indian factories and meetings with employers of child laborers. These facts make the article unique and very useful. What we have to take in consideration though, is that the article is based on facts from 2006.

McDougall, Dan. The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2007/oct/28/ethicalbusiness.retail

The Guardian is a well-known and highly reliable source which provides news about the whole world. It is an objective and neutral source. This article is written to inform us how GAP used child labor to achieve cheap labor. This fact is very certain since many other famous sources have written about this scandal. It proves that big foreign companies come to India to lower their labor costs.

The Economist http://www.economist.com/node/16693579

The Economist is one of the most respectful Economic magazines in the world. It is an international magazine which reports news from all over the world. This source is very applicable when needing economic aspects just like we did in some sections. On this site we could find information about the Indian textile market and exports. We have to be aware of though, that this was written in 2010.

Global March http://www.globalmarch.org

Global march is a movement that wants to promote the children’s right to a proper education and a real childhood. They want to raise awareness about child labor to attract more attention to the problem. It is an independent source without connections to other institutions. At this site we have found useful general information about the problem and what consequences it has lead to.

BBA http://www.bba.org.in/whatwedo/

This is the homepage of the organization that runs Bal Ashram and anti child-labor demonstrations all over India. The organization has great experience in this issue, after 32 years of active fight against child-labor. BBA is a non-governmental organization which probably enforces the trustworthiness of the information given on the site. This very page was updated 2012 and is probably therefore applicable for today’s situation for BBA. The page describes what the organization does and how it acts in the struggle against child labor.

Kailash Sathyarthi

During our stay at Bal Ashram we had the opportunity to spend a lot of time with and talk to Kailash Satyarthi. Kailash has worked against child labor and for child education in India since 1980 and is therefore probably our strongest source.  As a worldwide campaigner, he has been the architect of the single largest civil society network for the most exploited children, the Global March Against Child Labor, which is a worldwide coalition of NGOs, Teachers’ Union and Trade Unions. Kailash is a member of a High Level Group formed by UNESCO on Education for all comprising of select Presidents, Prime Ministers and UN Agency Heads. He has also been nominated for the Nobel peace prize multiple times. Needless to say Kailash is a great asset for our essay and will be cited throughout it. During our time at the Ashram we took notes on what he said so that we can use it in our essay. However, it is important to criticize everything and always look at a problem from every angle. Therefore we will look at additional sources to see if Kailash opinions are supported or refuted. Also looking at as many sources as possible will give us a broader view of the matter.

Myron Weiner

We used Myron Weiner to confirm that poor parents of children in India often regard their children as an economic reliability and therefore send their children to work at an early stage. Myron Weiner claims this in his book “The child and the state in India”. Myron Weiner was a politician and was active in the question of child labor in India.

G.K Lieten http://www.childlabour.net/documents/kristoffel%20publicaties/PovertyAnalysis.pdf

G.K Lieten is the director of the organization International Research on Working Children. Lieten published the essay “The Causes for Child Labor in India: the Poverty Analysis” on the webpage childlabour.net.

Population and Poverty http://scholarspace.manoa.hawaii.edu/bitstream/handle/10125/3919/p%26p015.pdf?sequence=1

We have used an article from the newspaper “Population and Poverty” which was published 1990. Therefore one should consider that the information earned from this page may not be “up to date”. The newspaper is published by the organisation “Eastwest-center”. Eastwest-center is an organization established by the U.S Congress in order to imrove relations and understanding among the people of the pacific, Asia and America. The article used proved that literacy is linked to a reduced number of children per woman. Even though the article is 22 years old, one can assume that this phenomena still exists in some extent.

Cousen neff http://www.childlabor.in/

CouseNeff is a staff member of the organization “Human Rights Watch”. In an interview in childlabour.in he is citet. The article on childlabour.in was published 2008 and Neff criticizes the Indian government for not taking the problem with child labor as serious as is should be considered in today’s situation, which is used in the essay. One should remember that this is the opinion of Cousen Neff, and not an official statement from the Human Rights Watch.

Time magazine http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1667433,00.html

The article from Time magazine is written in 2007 and is used in our essay to show the differences in estimation of number of child workers when you compare the Indian government and non-governmental organizations. Although this is originally a American newspaper the article is written in India by the Indian reporter Madhur Singh. Time magazine is however a nnon-governmental newspaper and therefore becomes more trustworthy than information from the Indian government concerning the number of children working.

Shanta Sinha http://www.ashanet.org/library/articles/mvf.199607.html

When writing about how the lack of compulsory education may affect the situation of the child laborers we refer to the anti child labour activist Shanta Sina. Sinha is the founder of the Mamidipudi Venkatarangaiya Foundation, popularly known as MV foundation. The article is written in 1996.

Bachman, S.L http://www.nabe.com/publib/be/000330.pdf

S.L. Bachman is a visiting scholar at Stanford University’s Asia/Pacific Research Center and has written for newspapers and magazines in Asia and the United States. In our essay we use the article she has written ” The Political Economy of Child Labor and Its Impacts on International Business”. We refer to Bachman to prove that western countries are involved in the child labor being present in India today. The article is published 2000 and one should note that the situation in India may have changed during 12 years.

World Health Organization http://www.who.int/occupational_health/topics/childlabour/en/

The World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) that is concerned with international public health. We believe that Who is a very reliable organization since the UN is such a highly regarded organization. From WHO we have gotten important statistics and information regarding child labor and health.

Government of India http://labour.nic.in/cwl/ChildLabour.htm

We have taken information from the Indian government in order to include their opinion in our essay. We did this to get a broad picture and to be as unbiased as possible. However, after comparing the source with our other sources it is evident that something is not right. The Indian government is evidently trying to minimize the problem and their figures on, for example child labour, are not even close to for example the UN ones. Possible they are making the problem smaller than it is so that they won’t be criticized by for example UN.

World Bank http://www.worldbank.org.in/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/COUNTRIES/SOUTHASIAEXT/INDIAEXTN/0,,contentMDK:21880725~pagePK:141137~piPK:141127~theSitePK:295584,00.html

The World Bank is an international finance institution that provides loans to developing countries for capital programs. The World Bank’s official goal is the reduction of poverty. The World Bank is a good source regarding economic matters. It is probably quite unbiased since its aim is to help development countries. It might take the interest of the nation above the interest of the individual or family.

International Labour Organization http://www.ilo.org/ipec/Action/Education/Educationandsocialmobilization/lang–en/index.htm

The International Labor Organization (ILO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that deals with labor issues pertaining to international labour organizations. Just like WHO ILO is a reliable source since it is a part of the UN. From it we got information on the labour conditions as well as statistics.

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Source criticism

Here are all the sources used in our academic essay:

Dhariwal, Navdip. Child Labour – India´s “cheap commodity”. BBC http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/5059106.stm

BBC is a worldwide known newspaper. It has a very strong reputation and is a very reliable source. The reporter, Navdip Dhariwal, has based the article on visits at Indian factories and meetings with employers of child laborers. These facts make the article unique and very useful. What we have to take in consideration though, is that the article is based on facts from 2006.

 McDougall, Dan. The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2007/oct/28/ethicalbusiness.retail

The Guardian is a well-known and highly reliable source which provides news about the whole world. It is an objective and neutral source. This article is written to inform us how GAP used child labor to achieve cheap labor. This fact is very certain since many other famous sources have written about this scandal. It proves that big foreign companies come to India to lower their labor costs.

The Economist http://www.economist.com/node/16693579

The Economist is one of the most respectful Economic magazines in the world. It is an international magazine which reports news from all over the world. This source is very applicable when needing economic aspects just like we did in some sections. On this site we could find information about the Indian textile market and exports. We have to be aware of though, that this was written in 2010.

Global March http://www.globalmarch.org

Global march is a movement that wants to promote the children’s right to a proper education and a real childhood. They want to raise awareness about child labor to attract more attention to the problem. It is an independent source without connections to other institutions. At this site we have found useful general information about the problem and what consequences it has lead to.

BBA http://www.bba.org.in/whatwedo/

This is the homepage of the organization that runs Bal Ashram and anti child-labor demonstrations all over India. The organization has great experience in this issue, after 32 years of active fight against child-labor. BBA is a non-governmental organization which probably enforces the trustworthiness of the information given on the site. This very page was updated 2012 and is probably therefore applicable for today’s situation for BBA. The page describes what the organization does and how it acts in the struggle against child labor.

Kailash Sathyarthi

During our stay at Bal Ashram we had the opportunity to spend a lot of time with and talk to Kailash Satyarthi. Kailash has worked against child labor and for child education in India since 1980 and is therefore probably our strongest source.  As a worldwide campaigner, he has been the architect of the single largest civil society network for the most exploited children, the Global March Against Child Labor, which is a worldwide coalition of NGOs, Teachers’ Union and Trade Unions. Kailash is a member of a High Level Group formed by UNESCO on Education for all comprising of select Presidents, Prime Ministers and UN Agency Heads. He has also been nominated for the Nobel peace prize multiple times. Needless to say Kailash is a great asset for our essay and will be cited throughout it. During our time at the Ashram we took notes on what he said so that we can use it in our essay. However, it is important to criticize everything and always look at a problem from every angle. Therefore we will look at additional sources to see if Kailash opinions are supported or refuted. Also looking at as many sources as possible will give us a broader view of the matter.

Myron Weiner

We used Myron Weiner to confirm that poor parents of children in India often regard their children as an economic reliability and therefore send their children to work at an early stage. Myron Weiner claims this in his book “The child and the state in India”. Myron Weiner was a politician and was active in the question of child labor in India.

G.K Lieten http://www.childlabour.net/documents/kristoffel%20publicaties/PovertyAnalysis.pdf

G.K Lieten is the director of the organization International Research on Working Children. Lieten published the essay “The Causes for Child Labor in India: the Poverty Analysis” on the webpage childlabour.net.

Population and Poverty http://scholarspace.manoa.hawaii.edu/bitstream/handle/10125/3919/p%26p015.pdf?sequence=1

We have used an article from the newspaper “Population and Poverty” which was published 1990. Therefore one should consider that the information earned from this page may not be “up to date”. The newspaper is published by the organisation “Eastwest-center”. Eastwest-center is an organization established by the U.S Congress in order to imrove relations and understanding among the people of the pacific, Asia and America. The article used proved that literacy is linked to a reduced number of children per woman. Even though the article is 22 years old, one can assume that this phenomena still exists in some extent.

Cousen neff http://www.childlabor.in/

CouseNeff is a staff member of the organization “Human Rights Watch”. In an interview in childlabour.in he is citet. The article on childlabour.in was published 2008 and Neff criticizes the Indian government for not taking the problem with child labor as serious as is should be considered in today’s situation, which is used in the essay. One should remember that this is the opinion of Cousen Neff, and not an official statement from the Human Rights Watch.

Time magazine http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1667433,00.html

The article from Time magazine is written in 2007 and is used in our essay to show the differences in estimation of number of child workers when you compare the Indian government and non-governmental organizations. Although this is originally a American newspaper the article is written in India by the Indian reporter Madhur Singh. Time magazine is however a nnon-governmental newspaper and therefore becomes more trustworthy than information from the Indian government concerning the number of children working.

Shanta Sinha http://www.ashanet.org/library/articles/mvf.199607.html

When writing about how the lack of compulsory education may affect the situation of the child laborers we refer to the anti child labour activist Shanta Sina. Sinha is the founder of the Mamidipudi Venkatarangaiya Foundation, popularly known as MV foundation. The article is written in 1996.

Bachman, S.L http://www.nabe.com/publib/be/000330.pdf

S.L. Bachman is a visiting scholar at Stanford University’s Asia/Pacific Research Center and has written for newspapers and magazines in Asia and the United States. In our essay we use the article she has written ” The Political Economy of Child Labor and Its Impacts on International Business”. We refer to Bachman to prove that western countries are involved in the child labor being present in India today. The article is published 2000 and one should note that the situation in India may have changed during 12 years.

World Health Organization http://www.who.int/occupational_health/topics/childlabour/en/

The World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) that is concerned with international public health. We believe that Who is a very reliable organization since the UN is such a highly regarded organization. From WHO we have gotten important statistics and information regarding child labor and health.

Government of India http://labour.nic.in/cwl/ChildLabour.htm

We have taken information from the Indian government in order to include their opinion in our essay. We did this to get a broad picture and to be as unbiased as possible. However, after comparing the source with our other sources it is evident that something is not right. The Indian government is evidently trying to minimize the problem and their figures on, for example child labour, are not even close to for example the UN ones. Possible they are making the problem smaller than it is so that they won’t be criticized by for example UN.

 World Bank http://www.worldbank.org.in/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/COUNTRIES/SOUTHASIAEXT/INDIAEXTN/0,,contentMDK:21880725~pagePK:141137~piPK:141127~theSitePK:295584,00.html

The World Bank is an international finance institution that provides loans to developing countries for capital programs. The World Bank’s official goal is the reduction of poverty. The World Bank is a good source regarding economic matters. It is probably quite unbiased since its aim is to help development countries. It might take the interest of the nation above the interest of the individual or family.

 International Labour Organization http://www.ilo.org/ipec/Action/Education/Educationandsocialmobilization/lang–en/index.htm

The International Labor Organization (ILO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that deals with labor issues pertaining to international labour organizations. Just like WHO ILO is a reliable source since it is a part of the UN. From it we got information on the labour conditions as well as statistics.

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Source criticism

Here is all of the sources we have used in our academic essay:

Dhariwal, Navdip. Child Labour – India´s “cheap commodity”. BBC http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/5059106.stm

BBC is a worldwide known newspaper. It has a very strong reputation and is a very reliable source. The reporter, Navdip Dhariwal, has based the article on visits at Indian factories and meetings with employers of child laborers. These facts make the article unique and very useful. What we have to take in consideration though, is that the article is based on facts from 2006.

McDougall, Dan. The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2007/oct/28/ethicalbusiness.retail

The Guardian is a well-known and highly reliable source which provides news about the whole world. It is an objective and neutral source. This article is written to inform us how GAP used child labor to achieve cheap labor. This fact is very certain since many other famous sources have written about this scandal. It proves that big foreign companies come to India to lower their labor costs.

The Economist http://www.economist.com/node/16693579

The Economist is one of the most respectful Economic magazines in the world. It is an international magazine which reports news from all over the world. This source is very applicable when needing economic aspects just like we did in some sections. On this site we could find information about the Indian textile market and exports. We have to be aware of though, that this was written in 2010.

Global March http://www.globalmarch.org

Global march is a movement that wants to promote the children’s right to a proper education and a real childhood. They want to raise awareness about child labor to attract more attention to the problem. It is an independent source without connections to other institutions. At this site we have found useful general information about the problem and what consequences it has lead to.

BBA http://www.bba.org.in/whatwedo/

This is the homepage of the organization that runs Bal Ashram and anti child-labor demonstrations all over India. The organization has great experience in this issue, after 32 years of active fight against child-labor. BBA is a non-governmental organization which probably enforces the trustworthiness of the information given on the site. This very page was updated 2012 and is probably therefore applicable for today’s situation for BBA. The page describes what the organization does and how it acts in the struggle against child labor.

Kailash Sathyarthi

During our stay at Bal Ashram we had the opportunity to spend a lot of time with and talk to Kailash Satyarthi. Kailash has worked against child labor and for child education in India since 1980 and is therefore probably our strongest source.  As a worldwide campaigner, he has been the architect of the single largest civil society network for the most exploited children, the Global March Against Child Labor, which is a worldwide coalition of NGOs, Teachers’ Union and Trade Unions. Kailash is a member of a High Level Group formed by UNESCO on Education for all comprising of select Presidents, Prime Ministers and UN Agency Heads. He has also been nominated for the Nobel peace prize multiple times. Needless to say Kailash is a great asset for our essay and will be cited throughout it. During our time at the Ashram we took notes on what he said so that we can use it in our essay. However, it is important to criticize everything and always look at a problem from every angle. Therefore we will look at additional sources to see if Kailash opinions are supported or refuted. Also looking at as many sources as possible will give us a broader view of the matter.

Myron Weiner

We used Myron Weiner to confirm that poor parents of children in India often regard their children as an economic reliability and therefore send their children to work at an early stage. Myron Weiner claims this in his book “The child and the state in India”. Myron Weiner was a politician and was active in the question of child labor in India.

G.K Lieten http://www.childlabour.net/documents/kristoffel%20publicaties/PovertyAnalysis.pdf

G.K Lieten is the director of the organization International Research on Working Children. Lieten published the essay “The Causes for Child Labor in India: the Poverty Analysis” on the webpage childlabour.net.

Population and Poverty http://scholarspace.manoa.hawaii.edu/bitstream/handle/10125/3919/p%26p015.pdf?sequence=1

We have used an article from the newspaper “Population and Poverty” which was published 1990. Therefore one should consider that the information earned from this page may not be “up to date”. The newspaper is published by the organisation “Eastwest-center”. Eastwest-center is an organization established by the U.S Congress in order to imrove relations and understanding among the people of the pacific, Asia and America. The article used proved that literacy is linked to a reduced number of children per woman. Even though the article is 22 years old, one can assume that this phenomena still exists in some extent.

Cousen neff http://www.childlabor.in/

CouseNeff is a staff member of the organization “Human Rights Watch”. In an interview in childlabour.in he is citet. The article on childlabour.in was published 2008 and Neff criticizes the Indian government for not taking the problem with child labor as serious as is should be considered in today’s situation, which is used in the essay. One should remember that this is the opinion of Cousen Neff, and not an official statement from the Human Rights Watch.

Time magazine http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1667433,00.html

The article from Time magazine is written in 2007 and is used in our essay to show the differences in estimation of number of child workers when you compare the Indian government and non-governmental organizations. Although this is originally a American newspaper the article is written in India by the Indian reporter Madhur Singh. Time magazine is however a nnon-governmental newspaper and therefore becomes more trustworthy than information from the Indian government concerning the number of children working.

Shanta Sinha http://www.ashanet.org/library/articles/mvf.199607.html

When writing about how the lack of compulsory education may affect the situation of the child laborers we refer to the anti child labour activist Shanta Sina. Sinha is the founder of the Mamidipudi Venkatarangaiya Foundation, popularly known as MV foundation. The article is written in 1996.

Bachman, S.L http://www.nabe.com/publib/be/000330.pdf

S.L. Bachman is a visiting scholar at Stanford University’s Asia/Pacific Research Center and has written for newspapers and magazines in Asia and the United States. In our essay we use the article she has written ” The Political Economy of Child Labor and Its Impacts on International Business”. We refer to Bachman to prove that western countries are involved in the child labor being present in India today. The article is published 2000 and one should note that the situation in India may have changed during 12 years.

World Health Organization http://www.who.int/occupational_health/topics/childlabour/en/

The World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) that is concerned with international public health. We believe that Who is a very reliable organization since the UN is such a highly regarded organization. From WHO we have gotten important statistics and information regarding child labor and health.

Government of India http://labour.nic.in/cwl/ChildLabour.htm

We have taken information from the Indian government in order to include their opinion in our essay. We did this to get a broad picture and to be as unbiased as possible. However, after comparing the source with our other sources it is evident that something is not right. The Indian government is evidently trying to minimize the problem and their figures on, for example child labour, are not even close to for example the UN ones. Possible they are making the problem smaller than it is so that they won’t be criticized by for example UN.

World Bank http://www.worldbank.org.in/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/COUNTRIES/SOUTHASIAEXT/INDIAEXTN/0,,contentMDK:21880725~pagePK:141137~piPK:141127~theSitePK:295584,00.html

The World Bank is an international finance institution that provides loans to developing countries for capital programs. The World Bank’s official goal is the reduction of poverty. The World Bank is a good source regarding economic matters. It is probably quite unbiased since its aim is to help development countries. It might take the interest of the nation above the interest of the individual or family.

International Labour Organization http://www.ilo.org/ipec/Action/Education/Educationandsocialmobilization/lang–en/index.htm

The International Labor Organization (ILO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that deals with labor issues pertaining to international labour organizations. Just like WHO ILO is a reliable source since it is a part of the UN. From it we got information on the labour conditions as well as statistics.

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Project presentation

In the afternoon of Thursday the 22nd of Mars we did our final part of our project product: the presentation. I believe that it went very well in general!

In the preparations of the presentation we decided to talk about everything we had done throughout the project; the trip to India, the essay and the collaboration. We soon realized that it was unrealistic to believe that we could talk about both the essay and the trip to India, which both individually would require at least 20 minutes. Since we only had 30 minutes to use, we decided that the focus should lie on presenting the experiences of India. We chose this for the simple reason that it probably would be more interesting to hear someone talk about how it was to work in India in a school, compared to how it was writing an essay and what we wrote about. Furthermore, if someone became really interested in the essay we said that we could have an individual talk about it. The focus on the presentation therefore was the trip to India and related facts, such as BBA, Kailash, background etc. I believe that that this was appreciated by the audience and more amusing to talk about for us!

 

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Opposition

Thursday the 22:nd of Mars did an opposition on the project product of Leonard Hartmanis and Klas Lindstrand who had done a academic essay about dyslexia in Sweden. We started by reading it through while marking the pieces of text that could be commented either positive or negative. The focus on the opposition we had was not to cruelly criticize their work and comment on everything they could have improved. According to the instructions given, one should have a positive overl-all attitude to the other project and both giving compliments and feedback on what could have been improved. In the instructions there was a special emphasis that sources should be looked at and therefore we focused some of the questions around this. One thing I discovered concerning the sources was the fact that they had several interview with teachers and principals but none where they interviewed a dyslectic who could give a personal opinion about how the persons with dyslexia was helped in the school. The essay was in general well written, but since the essay was about how the schools helped students with dyslexia it could have been a beneficial source to interview a dyslectic child, or interview an older person with dyslexia concerning how he was treated as young child. Furthermore, almost all of the sources were negative to the help that the schools could offer. In order to show that the essay is objective one could have used one source that gave positive feedback to the schools.

The opposition went well which I believed had to do with the fact that both we and Klas and Leo were well-prepared. They answered several of our questions very well.

It was very interesting to have opponents on our own project work. I believe it was fun and challenging to sort of “defend” our essay. Many of their points were valid, such as asking who Kailash Sathiarthy was, or asking us to explain why we chose some of the sources we did.

In general I believe both groups had a positive attitude to the other group’s project and I learned how to in a nice and positive way give feedback and asking questions concerning another project.

 

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A weekend of essay-work

Friday the 16th of Mars, Saturday and Sunday we knew that we had a lot to do on the most important part of our project product, the essay. Due a quite heavy workload the earlier weeks we had a quite long way to go during the weekend, even though we already had written more than 2000 words. At the end of Friday we were done writing the background and causes. The background included basic information that was crucial that the reader knew about when reading and therefore demanded lots of informative research. It was positive that we all collaborated writing the background, since we improved our knowledge about the subject when doing the research. The causes was almost done before we started working at the essay the last weekend and we made sure during the Friday that we brought up all of the most important causes such as poverty and the government. When starting to read and write about consequences I realized that the differences between cause and consequence aren’t always evident. I realized this when doing a research about poverty in India. Poverty can be seen as both a cause and a consequence of child labor and lack of education. Therefore we had to spend some time discussing and thinking about what really was a cause and what was a consequence. Generally I believe that it was easier to find articles and sources concerning consequences of child labor than causes.

When being done with background, causes and consequences it was time to write the part of combating child labor. This was a more analytical part than the ones before I believe, since one had to do research concerning what possible solutions there was and also do a critical analysis if the solution works or not. One also had to realize that there isn’t one solution to solve the problem over a day, but rather to take several steps towards a better situation for the Indian children.

Finally we write the conclusion and finished with writing the introduction to the essay.

Throughout every part of the essay we included our personal experiences from India through adding the story of the boy Kinzu. At the part when we wrote about causes, for example, we also involved Kinzu through explaining why he became a child laborer. We did this in order to add personal appeal and personal experiences to the essay, which we hope made it easier for the reader to understand every part of the essay while making it more interesting

 

Our general strategy of writing the essay during this weekend I believed improved the quality and efficiency of the final product. When starting for example causes, the first thing we did was that we each took an own cause to write about. Before writing about the subject we started doing research and gathering information concerning the specific cause. When having gathered at least three trustworthy sources one could start writing about the cause. When being done, we handed the piece of text around so all of us read it and gave feedback. In this way the piece of text could be improved soon after the piece of text was written.

Finally, we read through the whole essay together at least two times and changing final details.

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Meeting with Christina

Today we had one of our probably final meetings with Christina before project hand-in. There is no doubt that we will arrange more meetings after the kulturcafé since we will have to make sure that there is a great connection between someone at VRG and Bal Ashram before we leave the project behind. The meeting with Christina was very good since we shared good ideas about  who would be given the opportunity to keep working with Bal Ashram and how the connection would happen. During the meeting Christina offered us the oportunity to do a presentation about our project for all the second year students to inspire them in their search of a project, but also to state that a couple of student will have the opportunity to work with Bal Ashram next year. We were very happy to hear this since this becomes an opportunity for us to spread information about the possibilities of working with Bal Ashram next year.

Christina told us that due to the new regulations from skolverket it will be much harder to send students to Bal Ashram. Our hope was that the scholarship Atlas could be a solution to that problem but it turned out that when applying for money from Atlas the school has to finance with the same amount as given in scholarship, and was therefore not suited for this project. This does not necessarily mean a great problem in the future collaboration with Bal Ashram. The only thing it takes is to make the one who are interested in  doing the projeect next year understand that the project has to be formed so that it does not demand anyone to leave Sweden. Basically the whole project could consist of having a connection with Bal Ashram, organizing donations and writing an essay, for example.

Finally we discussed how to give the students  in VRG the opportunity of supporting and helping the children in Bal Ashram. Christina had discussed this question earlier and had many great ideas about how to do it as fun as possible; integrating all three VRG shcools and making a competition out of it or something like that. If this can’t be arranged this year we hope to be able to bring as many good ideas as possible to the ones responsible for the connection with Bal Ashram. One important problem we realized that we will face when collectting materials from Sweden such as clothes is the costs of transportation. This problem we hope we’ll be able to solve with Stanley, who might have a good idea about how to ship materials for a low cost.

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Looking forward: Last weeks of the project

Today we have exactly one week to finish our project essay and 10 days until “Kulturcafét” where we are going to do a project presentation. When having barely a week to go it is important to make a schedule of what that needs to be done when. Regarding the essay we have written quite a bit, and been doing lots of research and I’m confident that we will hand it in before the deadline. In order to be efficient with the essay but meanwhile accomplish a good project we have chosen to take one “cause” each, to work on whenever one have time and finish Thursday. However, it is still important that everyone agree on everything that is written in the essay and therefore we decided to go through what everyone had written on thursday. Friday and Saturday will be dedicated to work on consequences and solution. On Sunday we will do mostly editing and making sure that language and likewise is correct.

What demands a little bit more time is the establishment of connection between VRG and Bal Ashram. We have scheduled meetings with Christina Nyström and Stanley this week to discuss how VRG can help Bal Ashram and meanwhile make the students from VRG benefit from it.

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First outline

Child labour and Education in India

Introduction

Background

  • Child labour today
  • Child labour in India
  • Bonded labour
  • Education in India

Causes

  • Poverty
  • Illiteracy and Ignorance
  • Government and legislation
  • Inadequate education
  • Exploitation

Consequences

  • Mental and physical health
  • Education
  • Illiteracy
  • Unemployment
  •  And more…

 

Solution

  • Help organizations
  • Staten
  • More to come…

Conclusion

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