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May 10, 2008

Blog Prompt #8

MDG #2: Achieve universal primary education.
I thought I was going to like this presentation, but it turned out to be way too scripted that it turned into information that I could look up anywhere. Some of the members did very good job with presenting their portion and made it seem as if they were part of an organization helping the cause, where others just wanted a grade.
They had a lot of good facts and slides were nicely put together. I think that women lack a lot of education in countries such as Pakistan as they described, but I would have to say that it’s still an issue for both men and women.
The Main Issues in Pakistan are:
• 14 million Muslims and Hindus relocated
• Lack of funding, locations, and student attendance
• Madras educates only 8% of all Pakistani’s
• Women go to school to provide a better education for their SONS.
• United States hopes to provide over 100 million dollars by 2015.
• Since 1990, the enrollment rate surpassed the literacy rate
They spoke too much on Greg Mortenson, yes I am sure he is doing great things to help the Pakistani’s but there must be some other form of aid in succeeding with this goal. He has enabled many communities to help provide themselves school buildings, teachers and supplies. Overall they had good intentions, but just focused way too much on Greg Mortenson.

Blog Prompt #7

MDG #1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.
I think that this group did a very good job, the overall presentation was good but lacking some key information. Some of the things I thought would be helpful were, describing the current government and what they are trying to do to solve this issue internally. It seems like they focused too much on the abilities of developed countries such as the United States and what they are doing.
They provided two organizations that are attempted to help; on being OXFAM a global organization that provides food and education, and ALCHEMY WORLD which I believe provides entrepeneurships in agriculture for students to learn the essentials and then provide their local community with that knowledge and experience. I understand what OXFAM is doing, but ALCHEMY WORLD is still a little hazy in my mind. I think their efforts in fighting this goal, needed to be explained a little better.
The main issues in Ethiopia are:
• Lack of irrigation technology
• Income generation (being taught in classes on how to achieve a better sale price)
• Lake Ziway receeded over a mile since they began tapping this main resource
• Storage shelters were built for year round storage (can grow without wasting)
Overall I think the group did a really good job with gathering information on Ethiopia, but could use more in depth information to help stabilize their argument.