【WS②】GLAP1 Access to Education: The “World’s Biggest Lesson” and the Story of Malala Yousafzai
On June 7, 2014, students in Junten’s Global Leaders Action Project (GLAP) took the “World’s Biggest Lesson,” an interactive lesson on literacy and access to education coordinated through the Japan NGO Network for Education (JNNE). By participating in this lesson, GLAP students joined nearly 70,000 other students also participating from around the world. Through the lesson, GLAP students were surprised at the scale of global illiteracy and began to think about its causes. As well as its consequences: “If we can’t read, we can be easily deceived,” reflected one GLAP student.
GLAP students then read an English-language article on Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani activist for women’s education who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban. Here are some GLAP student comments written after emotional group exchanges on this topic:
– I had never thought that there is a problem like this until today, so I was very, very, very surprised.
– When I think about how the actions of just one person can set governments and the world in motion, I have hope for the future. [translated from Japanese]
– “One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world.” I was amazed by these words