BENEFITING: Goal USA Fund
ORGANIZER: Goal USA Fund
EVENT DATE: Nov 06, 2016
I entered the teaching profession believing I would help cultivate students that value diversity, exhibit compassion, and possess the disposition and skills to tackle real-world issues. Instead, year after year, I found myself succumbing to the pressure to "teach to the test". I love teaching topics such as the French Revolution and the Cold War, however, I believe educating for global competence is critical to maintaining a sustainable and peaceful world. The current state of the world is precarious. There are various issues that have a 'global' character, in that they affect, all parts of the world and so all people on the planet. Last year I proposed offering Global Politics at my school. The aim of the course is to develop international mindedness. I believe the course will help cultivate inquisitive and knowledgeable students who are empowered to take action.
I am thrilled to be teaching Global Politics this year. A major component of the course is the engagement activity. The engagement activity provides students with the opportunity to go outside the classroom, construct their own knowledge on a political issue of their choosing, and take action. It would be hypocritical of me to expect my students to contribute to the global community in a meaningful way if I did not set an example.
Travelling to Turkey last summer with my brother was a transformative experience for me. When we were in a cab stopped at a light, a young Syrian girl walked up to the driver's window and tried to sell a bottle of water. The driver did not buy a bottle but gave the girl Turkish Lira. The young girl's plight and the driver's empathy tugged at my heartstrings. Not long after we returned home, the photograph of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi's body, lying lifeless, on a beach we had visited was published by the media. My students and I will be studying the Syrian Civil War and the subsequent refugee crisis in-depth. I will be using GOAL as a case study to teach about the function and impact of international organizations. GOAL has been a leading humanitarian actor in Syria since 2012. GOAL focuses on delivering food and non-food items, repairing houses, rehabilitating water networks to provide safe water, and supporting livelihoods. The relationship that I have established with GOAL will enrich instruction. The Development Director of GOAL will be visiting Commack High School to engage in a dialogue with my students about NGOs and GOAL in particular.
By committing to the New York City Marathon on November 6th on behalf of Team GOAL USA, I hope to raise funds that will go towards alleviating the suffering of others and implementing development-oriented programs.
GOAL USA's 2016 TCS NYC MARATHON TEAM
Team GOAL USA is running to support our work providing access to fundamental needs such as food, safe water, shelter, medical attention and literacy. GOAL implements long-term development programs in health, nutrition, education and livelihoods and child protection. Thanks for joining us to support #TeamGOALUSA 2016!
WHO WE ARE
GOAL is an international humanitarian organization dedicated to alleviating the suffering of the poorest of the poor in the developing world. GOAL saves lives while providing the tools and knowledge to break the cycle of poverty.
GOAL works with integrity and innovation. Since our inception in 1977, we have responded to virtually every major natural and manmade disaster in over 50 countries and spent more than $1 billion USD on emergency relief and development programs.
With over 4,000 staff, GOAL operates with a low overhead and effecient programming, ensuring your support goes to those most in need.