We were delighted to receive a letter recently from Katrina A., a student at Gayaza High School in Uganda, who reflected on how she was inspired by her Global Conversations: Malala Yousafzai course and Global Web Designers course. Here is an excerpt:
By Katrina A., Student at Gayaza H.S. in Uganda
When I joined Gayaza High School in 2016, I was relatively quiet until third term when I was enrolled in the “I am Malala” class. I was so fascinated with Malala’s courage to fight for what nearly got her killed. It was at that moment I asked myself what I believe in and what is worth fighting for. During this time is when I realized I had a talent, which was speech and confidence…
This year, I was also enrolled in the Global Web Designers class. By this time, I discovered that I’m passionate about the environment and want to help stop global warming and conserve the earth’s resources better. The website I built was called “Change Climate Change” and was based an idea I have had since I was 10 years old.
LUV helped me realize my future career. I really want to be a civil engineer for only one reason: I want to see people get clean and safe and affordable energy. Hydroelectricity is one of the cleanest sources of electricity. I believe that if it were available and affordable, there would be no need for cutting down trees as a source of energy thus reducing the rate of deforestation.
We could also make good use of plastic for poles and desks without cutting trees which we don’t replace. I believe we should be looking at young people to stop global warming. Building a sense of awareness and responsibility is more productive than trying to make crooked trees straight.
Making friends thousands of miles away has helped me be confident and I hope your programme continues to change as many people as possible. Just thinking won’t get me anywhere. “Involve me and I’ll learn.”
Wow, this is awesome from Katrina. Knowing what the world demands of you is one step in having problems solved. Happy to have pioneered this program at Gayaza high School