Design for Change Challenge

On a pulchritudinous Saturday morning,  I woke up to meritorious news. A few days ago, I applied to a program called “Design for Change USA “. This program allows emerging young leaders from around the globe to communicate their ideas and help “design” change for the world.

After receiving the email, we were to register and begin our course. We first had to go through a brief introduction of why we applied for the program and what change we strived to make. After this, we were to choose from three topics. The choices included Racial injustice, Education equality, and Climate change. After contemplating what to do, my decision was to learn more about climate change as this is an issue I’d like to learn more about.

This marked the start of a long process. Part of this lengthy process was to read news articles on various ubiquitous issues such as climate change and the negative impacts it has on our planet, actions taken by young activists to ensure a better future for humanity, and a mini toolkit with information about climate change.

After this, we were to answer a few questions based on our general knowledge about climate change/global warming. As you can see, I’m still working on improving my response!

This leads to my current “work point”. At this point of the program, we are to listen to this “Empathy Podcast” to gain knowledge and adapt a better understanding of the causes, impacts, and solutions of ‘Urban Water Contamination’. This not only allows us to take a break from our screens but also gain knowledge in a much more easier and efficient way.

In conclusion, I’d say I am very excited to be part of this program as it allows me to make a change in not only my local community but ubiquitously. What I’d say I am most eager about is participating in conferences with young activists around the world. In the future, I’d like to participate or [if I get the opportunity] lead protests, presentations, and campaigns on climate action. This would be advantageous as it would educate not only others in the process, but also me. I’d like to conclude this blog by addressing how excited I am to take part in this challenge and hope to succeed.

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Learning outcomes observed:

2. Challenge and skills
LO2 Demonstrate that challenges have been undertaken, developing new skills in the process.
A new challenge may be an unfamiliar experience or an extension of an existing one. The newly acquired or developed skills may be shown through experiences that the student has not previously undertaken or through increased expertise in an established area.

4. Working collaboratively with others
LO4 Show commitment to and perseverance in CAS experiences. Students demonstrate regular involvement and active engagement in CAS.

5. Showing perseverance and commitment
LO5 Demonstrate the skills and recognize the benefits of working collaboratively. Students are able to identify, demonstrate and critically discuss the benefits and challenges of collaboration gained through CAS experiences.

6. Global engagement
LO6 Demonstrate engagement with issues of global significance. Students are able to identify and demonstrate their understanding of global issues, make responsible decisions, and take appropriate action in response to the issue either locally, nationally, or internationally.

7. Recognize and consider the ethics of choices and actions
LO7 Recognize and consider the ethics of choices and actions. Students show awareness of the consequences of choices and actions in planning and carrying out CAS experiences.


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