|[Interview with Sally Huh through Google Meet]|
In 2015, the UN announced a list of 17 global objectives called the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It was created to tackle numerous global problems, such as poverty, hunger, health, and Education.
I have realized that our current society needs to head towards “a better and more sustainable future for all,” and the goals seem utterly necessary to me.
After contemplating how to help initiate all of the 17 goals in an effective fashion, I sought out several organizations, and participated in their various volunteering projects relating to the SDGs.
Two examples are sending footballs and shoes to poor children in Africa and LED lamps to towns that have no public lighting. After realizing how harshly people were suffering, however, the work of one person didn’t seem like enough to make a major difference in the world.
Therefore, I became a president of the Save the Earth (SDGs) Club at our school to gather support and share my sense of accomplishment.
Luckily, after putting out an advertisement for the club, I found that a lot of students were actually interested in joining. I successfully scouted my help and reinforcements, and I felt proud and relieved at the same time. I feel gratitude to my peers for deciding to join the effort.
But I wanted to know what propelled them to be a part of my club among the so many other options they could have chosen. I asked Sally Huh, the club vice president, to help me understand what other students think about our club and tell me about their sense of responsibility.
“It is right for better-living people to help poor people”, she believes. She heard that volunteering was a nice idea, and not only she but the other students would feel proud of achieving the 17 SDGs. “Unlike picking up trash for your own country, the volunteer work of the club is quite easy to do, even for children.”
This proved to be true when we sent materials like written letters and battery-powered lamps to poorer countries. As Sally said, “The fact that each student has a different role gives them more responsibility”, which is a positive factor of the club. “I like my role very much”, she added. “Along with responsibility, there is also a sense of joy.”
Finally, she said that she is hoping for other students to gain experience through this club, and that they would “pay close attention to the objectives of the club.”
A recommendation letter was needed from a teacher for club approval. So, to find a supervisor for my club, I showed my proposal for the club to several teachers. Among them, Mr. Strydom gladly agreed to supervise and also wrote a great recommendation letter.
|[Interview with Mr. Strydom]|
“Around the school, I have observed many student-led clubs. The majority are about improving living conditions and the world we live in”, he told me. Mr. Strydom noted that, while most of the other clubs are focused on specific local areas, like here in Songdo, the Save the Earth (SDGs) Club reaches out to people in other societies, especially poor people in Africa.
He complimented our effort by saying, “It is a rare occasion for junior students to make a club, so establishing the Save the Earth (SDGs) Club was a great achievement.” “And even though your club was started by an 8th grader with not much experience, I sensed the cooperative atmosphere among the members as they share a common goal.”
He noted that, sometimes, a student might join a club because of their application, but he thinks that the grade 8 students are more focused on enjoying the club and doing well. He concluded by saying, “I think that your club is a great example for future 8th graders. I hope they will be more passionate about what they like, and become more active in clubs.”
After hearing Sally and Mr.Strydom’s words, my hopes for the club have risen. I now fully understand the diverse benefits and help it can provide to other societies that will positively affect the students of CMIS as well. I hope that one day the changes we make possible will be noticed in third world countries and also our school. That would make me immensely proud.
Min June You
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