What’s Up World? #7

Published on MTV’s international pro-social website MTV Voices on 25.10.12

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


Remember Kony 2012?

Remember the Kony 2012 campaign? The biggest viral video in history? All of the posters? And that incident with Jason Russell on the streets of San Diego? Well, the fact remains that Joseph Kony – warlord, big cheese of the LRA and all round bad guy – is still at large, despite humungous efforts from Invisible Children and the legions of young activists around the world who responded to their call to action back in March.

Now Invisible Children has released a follow up film, ‘Move’, which features several cool slow-mos of slinkies, an explanation as to how Jason Russell ended up on the street in San Diego that day and a brand new call to action.

Invisible Children are inviting you (yes, you!) to Washington DC to be part of what could just be the first defining, history-making day for the Millennial generation, 17 November 2012.

The Bully Report

If you’ve ever been put down, pushed around or punched out you’re most certainly not alone.

Back in April the team over at DoSomething created ‘The Bully Project’, a Facebook application designed for students report their experiences of bullying at school. The app has been a massive hit, and the responses of 55,000 teenagers across the USA have been made into a research report showing some interesting trends.

Almost every student who used the app said they had frequent exposure to bullying at school; a quarter reported seeing bullying at least once per day; 2 out of 3 reported frequent online bullying. The most common location of bullying for guys was in hallways, while for girls it was online. Cyber and text-based bullying proved to be more frequent for older students and more difficult to stop. You can see all of The Bully Report’s results here.

Afghanistan Needs More Schools

Scary thought: about half of the children in Afghanistan aren’t going to school.

According to Afghan Connection, a British charity working on the front line in the district of Worsaj, 5 million school-aged kids don’t have the access to education they need, and the situation is expected to get worse when international troops leave the country in 2014.

There have been major improvements in education since the balance of power changed in Afghanistan in 2001 – for example, previously only 5000 girls were in school and now there are 3 million. But safety is still a major concern for girls and female teachers, who risk acid attacks, document attacks and poisoning when attending school.

Life as a Refugee: The App

What if you had to choose between protecting your home and running for your life? What would you take with you? Who would you take with you? Where would you go? How would you get there? What would you do?

Hopefully these are decisions we’ll never have to make in real life, but the new smartphone app from UNHCR’s, My Life As A Refugee, gives a tiny, digital taste of what it’s like for refugees forced to make quick, life or death decisions under pressure. A bit like a ‘choose your own adventure’ app with the timer running, ‘My Life As A Refugee’ is an game with a message and a good eye-opener to the types of heavy decisions that people living in conflict zones have to make every day. It’s available to download for iPhone and android.

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