by Jasper, Grade 8
On Saturday, January 20, I traveled to Mulgrave School in Vancouver, along with 14 other selected Grade 7 and 8 students, to attend the Justice High Conference. This conference was focused on teaching the next generation about the United Nations Millennium Goals. Each of the eight goals addressed global issues such as: child mortality, environmental sustainability and world hunger.
“When we first arrived at the conference, we were given the opportunity to sign up for a morning and an afternoon workshop, each of which focused on a different UN Goal.”
When we first arrived at the conference, we were given the opportunity to sign up for a morning and an afternoon workshop, each of which focused on a different UN Goal.
I immediately signed up for the environmental sustainability and child mortality workshops, hoping that I could learn some new interesting things to bring back and teach our school. I was not disappointed. In the first workshop, environmental sustainability, we learned about dams in the Amazon Rainforest and oil pipelines in the British Columbia rainforests, which are both relevant and interesting issues.
Next we had lunch: sandwiches with a side of poverty, which was a keynote presentation about one woman’s dream to help end illiteracy in Sierra Leone. Then, it was off to our next workshop: child mortality. Our presenter was a very interesting man who was deeply intertwined with the cause, because he had been born prematurely and had almost died. We learned many facts and stats about child mortality, in Canada and internationally. Overall we had a great time and were thoroughly enlightened, I hope we can go again next year!