Helping students make connections to their role as global citizens is a critical part of AIM’s curriculum from 1st to 12th grade. AIM's Center for Global Leadership seeks to integrate global citizenship matrices, including the United Nations's Global Goals for Sustainable Development, into classroom learning. The center is a resource for professional development and curriculum design, is a hub for meaningful student travel and cultural learning, and is home to our new AIM Global Scholars program.
Middle School students in Beth Cope's Research and Writing class have been studying the Second UN Sustainable Development Goal titled Zero Hunger. They have been researching what hunger is and how it affects millions of people around the world while also writing formal papers and poetry. The thoughtful poem below, by Anna C. '22, describes her evolving thoughts on Hunger.
I used to believe
By Anna C. '22
I used to believe that every child went to sleep stuffed to the rim with delectable, home made meals.
I used to believe that no child walked around with bare feet on a ground canvased with bugs, dirt, and disease.
Now I understand that 233 million people in Africa are famished.
I see that children from Burundi all the way to Ethiopia are going to bed with their stomachs moaning from hunger.
I see that masses of children are going to sleep with unkempt hair, filthy clothing, and decayed teeth
I am now reluctant to consider the suffering of 13 million adolescent individuals.
I perceive how blessed I am to have accessibility to luscious fruits, and savory snacks on a daily basis.
I used to believe that every child had a bed to go home to coated with fluffy blankets and feather like pillows.
I used to assume that every child had benevolent parents to wrap their arms around after a day of frolicking outside.
I used to believe that every child went to a safe learning environment throughout the school year.
I used to believe.