What’s Up World? #6

Published on MTV’s international pro-social website MTV Voices on 19.10.12

What’s Up World?
Between the cracks of the world’s news headlines


Tracking Students with Microchips

This is so 2012.

It would appear that schools across the USA are using microchips and new technologies to monitor students both in and outside of school, including radio frequency tags embedded in students’ ID cards, GPS tracking software in their computers and CCTV.

Schools say it’s to improve security, reduce theft, monitor attendance and help improve students’ eating habits (huh?) and insist it’s not a money spinner. But what do you think? A positive move or an invasion of privacy?

Morocco Needs Better Sex Ed

It’s not really ok to be a single mother in Morocco. Sadly, as a result, there are huge numbers of babies being dumped and abandoned by young women who have given birth outside of marriage and can’t look after them.

According to Insaf, a local NGO that helps women and children in distress, an average of 24 babies are abandoned in Morocco every day by young, single women, the majority of whom are under the age of 26. They say that laws, government services, sex education and social attitudes are out of date and aren’t keeping up with Morocco’s rapidly changing society.

Africa’s Big Blackout

Last week I had no internet at home. I KNOW! Thank the Lord it’s back. These days it’s difficult for many of us to imagine our lives without the internet. But imagine life without electricity

Unfortunately this isn’t just a throwback to our great-grandparents’ day – it’s a reality for millions of people across Africa today. 2 in 3 people on the continent have insufficient access to electricity. In fact, 1.3 billion people around the world have no electricity at all. That is one scary stat.

This widespread shortage of electrical power is stunting the progress of education, health services, farming and better living standards across Africa. But the good news is the World Bank is doing something about it.

Celebrating Girls

Last Thursday was the United Nations’ first ever International Day of the Girl Child, and people all over the planet shared, tweeted, read, watched and gave attention to some of the issues that girls face around the world today.

The major focus for 2012 was ending the practice of child marriage, where girls – some as young as 8 – are married off to much older men by their families. Another was gendercide – that is, when parents in countries such as China and India choose to abort or abandon their baby when they realize it’s a girl. The hurdles preventing girls from accessing education also caught the world’s attention.

Girls are important! Empower a girl and change the world!

Something brewing in your part of the world? We want to know about it. Tweet @its_alicia or @mtvvoices using the hashtag #WhatsUpWorld