Over the course of the school year our history class has been integrated with service learning. We started our service by discussing the Millennium Development Goals. The MDGs are eight goals created in 1990 to eradicate extreme poverty by 2015. Then, we spent time researching one goal. I chose the sixth goal, combat HIV, AIDS and other diseases. After writing a paper, I do not believe the goal will be met. There is too much work to be done to prevent HIV and AIDS by 2015. I enjoyed participating in planning and being on the Girl Rising panel. Not only did we spread awareness by screening Girl Rising, but with the funds we raised we also made a difference. Communicating with the Kiysoro school through Voicethread was powerful as it showed that the struggle to girls’ education is not a hopeless cause.
It was rewarding when we counted the money and had exactly $1800 (and 42 cents), enough to send a girl to school for a complete three year high school education. Adults constantly encourage us by saying young people can change the world, however, it is sometimes difficult to believe. Raising money for a girl’s scholarship through bake sales and screening a movie proved how much of an impact we can make if we are dedicated.