Tuesday, 21 January 2014

GINS Global Charter Task

As you may know, in school we are doing a project on our GINS novels. These past few weeks we have also been discussing the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and so our assignments have been surrounding the idea of connecting the two topics together. This time around, we were asked to create our own global charter using our knowledge from the lectures we've endured, and the GINS books that we have read. We did this in groups of 3 (or 4) to expand our horizons (as we all read different GINS books). That being said, prior to this activity, we did not know that there was actually a "Charter" for the world, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This is what my group created.

A lot of the things that we included in our global charter actually came from the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and are also included in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Things like egalitarian rights (equality) seem especially important, seeing how much they show up on all 3 of the documents being inquired into.

Egalitarian: the belief in the principal that all people are equal and deserve equal rights and opportunities. We chose to use this word, rather than the standard "equal" or "equality" simply because we think that the basic principle is so important, and that is exactly what the word "egalitarian" promotes. By using this word, you almost don't have to state the "anti-discrimination" bullet points.... Almost.

A section that we added into our global charter was the "Government Obligation Rights". We noticed that most of the "bad things" that were happening in all of our GINS books, and around other parts of the world, were happening because the government wasn't doing anything toward enforcing the laws. In fact, often times they were making things worse. By adding this section of the charter, it would hopefully eliminate some of that controversy and make the world a better place.

If you were to make your own Charter, what would you include in it? Leave your comments below, and happy reading.

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