Student Voices

Voices from Lebanon

Loubaba Khaldi Teacher. Mentor. Friend.

 I am Loubaba Khaldi, a biology teacher at Zahia Kaddoura Public School. Our school is in Beirut, the capital of Lebanon. It is my third year to participate in IEARN and I had the honor to attend iEARN Conference 2017 in Morocco, where I had the opportunity to learn a lot of tech tools that I am still using until now. My students are in grade 11. They are enthusiastic to participate in this project: Finding Solutions To Hunger. Furthermore, I am looking forward to collaborate and am certain that it will be an unforgettable experience for my students and for me.

I hold a BS degree in Biology from the American University of Beirut in 1990. Then I got my diploma in science education in 1993. Starting from that year, I started teaching in different schools. Currently I am in my 5th year working at Ministry Of Education and Higher Education as an academic counselor after having taught Biology for 18 years in secondary classes of both public and private schools. Through this long educational journey, I had the opportunity to attend many training sessions at different educational centers (SMEC, British Council, Dirasat and Qitabi Programs funded by USAID). Parallel to this, I gave many training sessions for private schools and for academic counselors.

Having experienced many educational practices and learning approaches, my vision in education has greatly changed. I am more convinced now that teaching does not necessarily mean learning. As a result, I am more passionate now about training teachers, supporting them with resources and demonstrating ideal examples of teaching practices in addition to helping them in integrating technology in education successfully. My ultimate goal is to enhance learning by empowering students with the appropriate skills needed to construct knowledge that is based on their interests. My dream is to be able to reassuringly convert the classical pyramid of Blooms Taxonomy and start from the higher order thinking skills of synthesis and evaluation.

These cognitively demanding skills are what will help students to access deep learning that is sustainable and long lasting, which are considered as indicators for our success as teachers. All my ambitions in the field of education I experience in iEARN projects where students acquire all 21 century skills in a very short period of time.

1. Amani Zaim

Hello my name is Amani I’m born in Lebanon and I’m currently a high school student. I attended a lot of extracurricular activities like MUN delegate, scout ... through these experiences I have learned to interact with diverse group of people , which has increased my ability to communicate and relate to others and to fit in.

Hello 
Every second a person dies of hunger . Right now, more than 1 billion people suffer from hunger. What should we do to stop it ? 

We’re all set to inform you about some changes our society can do in order to curb hunger.
My friend (Rayan) and I (Amani ) suggested some solutions that could curb hunger in some ways.

First , students can plant vegetables and fruits in their schools’ gardens or their houses’ gardens then give these crops to hungry and needy people they know.

Secondly, if the country could afford a small land in front of a river to a group of hungry people so they would take water from the river and use it to plant water their crops . 

People could’ve donated money to hungry (as a short-term solution) but it is important to take into consideration that if you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day but teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime as Lao Tsu once said. To stop this catastrophic world problem, working to prohibit the main causes that are poverty and illiteracy is one of the solutions. Not only free schools and studying centers should be open for needy people in order to be educated, but volunteers can teach these children and adolescents in their camps or houses. Children are the future pillars of our nation.

Right now, more than 1 billion people suffer from hunger. This means that 1 in every 6 people on Earth don’t get enough food to live a healthy life.

Hunger and malnutrition make the body weak and vulnerable to diseases and infections as the body does not have the fuel to build muscle and fight off infections. In children, this is deadly and many children die in hunger prone areas for this reason. One out of six children - roughly 100 million - in developing countries is underweight. Poor nutrition causes nearly half (45%) of deaths in children under five - 3.1 million children each year. But hunger can be curbed by controlling birth education.  High birthrates pose a problem when trying to solve hunger. Many people are not educated on reproduction or do not have access to contraceptives. Gaining access to contraceptives allows for family planning and economic freedom.

2. Reina

My name is Reina. I'm a 16-year-old Palestinian girl who was born and raised in Lebanon, Beirut. I want to study medicine in college ( hopefully ) and I'm more than excited to take part in IEARN to share ideas with students all around the globe.

As a start, I'm very into discussing or debating any social issue and even writing about. I find great pleasure in in sharing and expressing my thoughts and ideas on a certain topic. Second, Hunger in Lebanon is made worse still by a population of refugees that have come to the country with next to nothing and have found little in the way of work since. Currently, 70 percent of Lebanon's refugee population live below the poverty line. Hunger has become a daily reality for many now living in Lebanon. Third, hunger to me is a state where one is not getting the sufficient amount of food required for a healthy lifestyle due to certain reasons such as poverty, war etc... Because hunger is a very sensitive and personal topic to me as it is affecting my people back in my motherland Palestine, and many in my hometown Lebanon, it is my deepest concern to take action towards this topic. Personally, the first step i would take to tackle this issue is to raise awareness towards the seriousness of this problem. I would launch campaigns that would educate individuals about hunger and its detrimental effects on both humans and society then find applicable solutions. It is once said: "Awareness is a key ingredient in success". My goal is to educate and aware then start applying.
Best regards

3. Reina Agha

 Hunger is a social phenomenon that is spreading across the globe. Asia is the continent with the hungriest people - two thirds of the total. The percentage in southern Asia has fallen in recent years but in western Asia it has increased slightly. Sub-Saharan Africa is the region with the highest prevalence (percentage of population) of hunger. It is crucial to know the causes of this issue. The world produces enough to feed the entire global population of 7 billion people. And yet, one person in eight on the planet goes to bed hungry each night. So why does hunger exist?

First, poverty is the main cause of hunger in the world. This is true in rich and poor countries alike. It is true no matter whether people live in urban or rural areas. Most people who are hungry are living in extreme poverty, defined as income of $1.25 per day or less. Second, poor infrastructure causes hunger by making it difficult — sometimes impossible — to transport food to areas of a country where there are shortages. People have died of hunger in one region of a country while there was plenty of food in another region. Third, Hunger is both a cause and effect of war and conflict. Wide-scale poverty and hunger lead to frustration and resentment with governments that appear to ignore hungry people’s plight. The poorest members of society suffer the worst during war and conflict. Homes are destroyed and communities of people are displaced. 
 

Long term hunger is a horrendous feeling anyone can bear. It significantly impacts one's physical and mental states. A person who is hungry feels as follow: sets of cravings, constant state of anger and frustration, extreme fatigue or exhaustion, dizziness, inability to concentrate and focus and somewhat sadness.
 

According to Oxford Dictionary, hunger has 3 main definitions which are:
1. The uneasy or painful sensation caused by want of food.
2.The want or scarcity of food in a country
3. A strong desire or craving. 


 It is saddening to say that The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that about 815 million people of the 7.6 billion people in the world, or one in ten, were suffering from chronic undernourishment in 2016. (Almost all the hungry people, live in developing countries.)

4. Tala Osman

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s), otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. ... They tackle the root causes of poverty and unite us together to make a positive change for both people and planet.

GOAL 1: ZERO HUNGER
The food and agriculture sector offers key solutions for development, and is central for hunger and poverty eradication.

GOAL 2: GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
Ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being for all at all ages is essential to sustainable development.
GOAL 3: QUALITY EDUCATION
Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to improving people’s lives and sustainable 
GOAL 4: GENDER EQUALITY
Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.
GOAL 5: CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION
Clean, accessible water for all is an essential part of the world we want to live in...etc


A profound change of the global food and agriculture system is needed if we are to nourish the 815 million people who are hungry today and the additional 2 billion people expected to be undernourished by 2050. Investments in agriculture are crucial to increasing the capacity for agricultural productivity and sustainable food production systems are necessary to help alleviate the perils of hunger.

5. Sara Diarbakerly

Hello everyone, my name is Sara Diarbakerly. I'm Lebanese, I tried many extracurricular activities before and I like having new experiences. I’m so interested to be in I EARN this year and have this experience too. So as I've said that I've tried many extracurricular activities before. MUN is one of the international programs that I passed through. We really worked hard to find solutions that can curb the catastrophic issues our societies suffering of (hunger- pollution ...) . The strategy was that every one of us was a delegate of a country . We discuss our problems and help each other and work on the solution paper. I suggest the same strategy that really works.

gave me opportunity to know a lot about hunger all over the world, and my participation in scouts and one of the NGOs for 8 years in Lebanon informed me about hunger in Lebanon. My class’ name in MUN was “Martin Luther King,” one of many 20th century political figures who considered it important to fight hunger: "When I die, don't build a monument to me. Don't bestow me degrees from great universities. Just clothe the naked. Say that I tried to house the homeless. Let people say that I tried to feed the hungry." Hunger is a condition in which a person, for a sustained period, is unable to eat sufficient food to meet basic nutritional needs. Lebanon faces a number of humanitarian hurdles like an underdeveloped agricultural south, a growing refugee burden, and spillover from the war in neighboring Syria. The burgeoning refugee population adds tremendous pressures on local health facilities, water and sanitation systems, and food systems and markets. Action Against Hunger is working to ensure that our short-term assistance responds to lasting needs and that the Lebanese population benefit from the programs through local production and purchase, improved competition, and enterprise creation, helping refugees and host communities alike.


In my opinion hunger can be curbed by measures taken by governments and people themselves. We should launch campaigns that raise people's awareness and make everyone responsible about hunger. In Lebanon many organizations are trying to help , they are distributing food all over Lebanon to people in needs. Others are distributing food to mosques and churches so people in need can benefit. Governments should enact laws and make organizations and finance it to all hungry people. Hunger really needs immediate solutions to be taken to surmount this issue.

6. Rayan Korok  

My name is Rayan I am a grade 11 student from Zahia Kaadora Public School in Beruit, Lebanon.   I enjoy listening to music and volunteer work. I am in love with biology, physics and reading,

Being a part in this project is indeed exciting and amazing. As I said I'm a grade 11 student entered the modern United nations before so I became more interested in helping and leading about the world more after the MUN experience. As far as see Lebanon do suffer from hunger although not in a large amount compared to a other hungry countries. 

A group of citizens that suffer from poverty and Syrian refugees do suffer from malnutrition.
As simple as the word hunger can be it holds and leaves detrimental and catastrophic effects on human kind. Hunger is torture and itself. According to the United Nations 
World Food Programme, hunger is defined as a state of discomfort resulting from the decreased or lack of food intake. Evident phenomena that result from hunger include 
undernourishment and malnourishment. Undernourishment, considered as a measurement of food deprivation by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is when an individual does not have the enough dietary energy to maintain a healthy life. As for malnourishment, it is the lack of dietary energy which results from the 
insufficiency of the quality or variety of the consumed food.
Thank you.

Hello everybody , My name is Lujin Adel al-Mesri from Pakistan International School DOHA / QATAR. I like to read books and sing. I like to help people through this project and iEARN.

I have been contributing in this project since a year. It has been an amazing experience and now my friends and I are taking it to the next step by becoming student ambassadors! Through this we will be able to help all of you new ones and everyone in general.

Basically the finding solutions to hunger project talks about the root causes of hunger, from unequal distribution of food to natural causes. Not that only, here we discuss our contributions to solve hungers in our own way based on our area. In the past year we made presentations , fundraising activities , meal projects and other things to tell the people around us WHAT IS HUNGER . hunger is more than just a word or an issue. It’s the main cause of death around the world.

Everyone, you are more than welcome to join us in this project. We are all one family around the world. We must put our hands together for a better future.


Finding Solutions to Hunger

Hunger: The Global Murderer Lujin Adel Al-Mesri

1) We all are blessed with a good life

We have a lot of food to eat
But what about that husband and wife whose home is the street?

2) We have a lot and more and more We eat more than we can take

But that man, oh with a broken core! Can’t you give something for his sake ?

3) You sleep happy and wake up happy

And get ready to hit the hay
But what about those whose lives are crappy Whom hunger kills everyday?

4) All of you open your eyes and look around you Please, there isn’t much time

There’s so much which you can do.
Stop hunger, stop this crime.

Children Have The Right……

Children have the right to be loved,
to live in the family, to rest, to learn,
to live in peace, to have their own friends.

They have the right to express their own opinions,
the right to freedom of thought and religion,
the right to privacy.

They have the right to medical care,
the right to own identity,
the right to protect against violence

and the right to obtain information
from various sources.

Dear My Friends,
On 8 March, at my secondary school we are celebrating "Women’s Day” like other countries in the world. Although my secondary school is having both girls and boys, we joined together and
made a discussion about finding solutions to hunger as well as the rights of children in our countries. We have shortage of rainfall this year so our discussion was mainly on how women and men can join together to ensure that family have enough food to eat. Inside of our discussion, the students brought together these rights for all children to share.

Sajigwa Nikupala G.N
Headmaster Kibakwe Secondary School
Tanzania



A BRIEF HISTORY ABOUT KIBAKWE VILLAGE

Kibakwe is village in the county of Tanzania. Its center lies at a latitude of -6.71667 and longitude of 36.36667. It has an elevation of 1133 meters above sea level. Like many other places in Africa, Kibakwe village is threatened by the rate of tree loss. People are cutting trees mainly to make charcoal or for cooking. Goats and cows graze freely, threatening unprotected trees and exacerbating the already acute problem of deforestation.
This destruction is having devastating consequences and it is widely recognized that it is the poorest of the poor who will suffer the greatest impact. With this in mind, we seek to address two of the most significant problems on the planet by specifically targeting two interrelated issues: extreme poverty and deforestation.
The population of this village is about 96700. There is only one secondary school,
Kibakwe Secondary School, and two primary schools. The population of this village tends to increase day after day. Most people of this place are living depending on agriculture activities, business. A few of them are government workers. There is high environmental problems due to an increasing of population as well as their activities.
The picture shows types of houses found in my village. You can see that they are being roofing using trees and grasses. There are very few houses with iron sheets. You can see that they are being roofing using trees and grasses. There are very few houses with iron sheets.







The above pictures show the market place. You can see how wood is sold. This is the everyday activity as I told you, that people cut down trees without planting for domestic use. People also cut down trees for making bricks. The question is: after 20 years to come, where will these people get trees for making bricks????
I need to educate people to the importance of planting trees and find the alternative way of making these bricks.


This picture shows a small forest reserve at my secondary school. As the headmaster of Kibakwe Secondary School, my second role is to educate my society and my students about environmental issues as well as other health problems. Thus, people from Kibakwe would like to learn more about our school as well as various activities which are taking place at my school for the benefit not only for students but for the whole society.
This picture shows type of trees found at my village and at the back you can see the mountain with less trees as well as scatted trees.

 



MY VISION OF MAKING THIS VILLAGE GREEN

“I believe that no one will make this village green without involving students as well as the society” I will begin with students and later on the society will adapt and learn from our school, even the nearby primary schools.
We have a group of students here at my school. Their role is to fight for environmental issues. We have decided to have the project of making this village green through planting trees as well as educating other students and the society. I know it is a hard work but I wish one day to see this village green.

ACTIVITIES WHICH HAVE BEEN DONE


1. We have already collected the soil and manure form animals and mixed the soil.
2. Due to lack of knowledge of planting trees, last week I met with a district forest officer and expressed my project of making this village green. I seek for advice on what to do.
He told me to find a water can, a fine soil and the plastic bags for planting trees. Then he will visit to my school and show us what to do. Also I asked him the proper seeds for this place. He told me he will find out and give and answer. Aoon he will come to my school again. Therefore I hope for support from my district education officer for assistance on this project of making this village green as well as the way of getting supplies of trees for my village.
If you have questions please just be free to ask. Thank you very much.

God bless you.
Yours, Sajigwa Nikupala G.N
Hello everyone. My name is Zoya Arshad Karim and I study in Pakistan International SCHOOL-DOHA/QATAR. I like to read books, gain as much knowledge as I can, listen to music.

I'm really glad to Mrs. Mary that she gave me a chance to become a student ambassador! It's really a huge opportunity and I'm really excited on taking a step further in this project.

I joined iEarn in November 2016 and it has been almost two years since I've been a part of this project. iEARN is a major platform which discusses the global issues. It is a place where we all students and teachers come together as one single community and work on the issues and present our ideas on how to solve these problems. Similarly, World Hunger is one of the major global issues at the moment and I'm looking forward to contribute as much as I can in solving this problem with my fellow mates through iEARN.

You all are most welcomed to share your ideas and ways on how you people want to contribute in this project. Don't be shy, we all will work together. So let's all come together as one and help each other to find solutions to hunger.

The Great Tablecloth
by Pablo Neruda



When they were called to the table,
the tyrants came rushing
with their temporary ladies;
it was fine to watch the women pass
like wasps with big bosoms
followed by those pale
and unfortunate public tigers.
The peasant in the field ate
his poor quota of bread,
he was alone, it was late,
he was surrounded by wheat,
but he had no more bread;
he ate it with grim teeth,
looking at it with hard eyes.
In the blue hour of eating,
the infinite hour of the roast,
the poet abandons his lyre,
takes up his knife and fork,
puts his glass on the table,
and the fishermen attend
the little sea of the soup bowl.
Burning potatoes protest
among the tongues of oil.
The lamb is gold on its coals
and the onion undresses.
It is sad to eat in dinner clothes,
like eating in a coffin,
but eating in convents
is like eating underground.
Eating alone is a disappointment,
but not eating matters more,
is hollow and green, has thorns
like a chain of fish hooks
trailing from the heart,
clawing at your insides.
Hunger feels like pincers,
like the bite of crabs,
it burns, burns and has no fire
Hunger is a cold fire.
Let us sit down soon to eat
with all those who haven’t eaten;
let us spread great tablecloths,
put salt in the lakes of the world,
set up planetary bakeries,
tables with strawberries in snow,
and a plate like the moon itself
from which we can all eat.
For now I ask no more
than the justice of eating.

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