Archive for the ‘Social Awareness!’ category

Let’s do it!

June 8, 2009
5 June was the WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY. On that day many organizers celebrated it with joy and festivities. Some came up with rallies, some organized seminars and some participated in campaign in order to aware people about environment; how we pollute it and how we can protect it. All of them are undoubtedly appreciable work.
 
World Environment Day
World Environment Day

On that day, the Bangla newspaper the “Prothom-Alo” published a special feature regarding environment titled “No Damage in the Sundarbans though Aila Hit: the Speed of Tidal waves Reduces 30% and Height Reduces 10%.”

The photo of Sundarbans taken from the Prothom-Alo

The photo of Sundarbans taken from the Prothom-Alo

Most of us know about the cyclone Aila. It hit Bangladesh and India. In Bangladesh it couldn’t have much damage due to Sundarbans. This mangrove forest undermined the damages by becoming a protective shield.

Just think about it. We cut down tress to meet our demands and usages. In every country there should be 25% of forests considering its land area. Unfortunately, Bangladesh doesn’t have that much forest land. Moreover, we are cutting down tress! Just think what would happened if there was no Sundarbans. 

Let's do it!

Let's do it!

Please plant trees. It is true that we need wood, however, it is also true that we need forests that can protect our lands. It is not for Bangladesh, it is for all countries of the world. So, if you cut down a tree, please plant two trees for that. In future, those trees will give you shelter.

Source: http://prothom-alo.com/archive/news_details_home.php?dt=2009-06-05&issue_id=1300&nid=MjQxMTY=

A new conception

May 8, 2009

        Till now I critisized  cartoon which has an advarse effect on society. I focused on only one issue of the society. Now, I’ve decieded to change my blog a little bit.

        From now, I’ll write about newspaper articles which I think need to talk about or to reach to everyone. Those articles or reports will be related to social issues that need to change or if discussed, can make a change.

        To accomplish this, my preferences are ‘THE DAILY STAR‘ and ‘PROTHOM-ALO‘; the leading newspapers of Bangladesh. The first one is English and the other is Bangla. There will be two section in my writing; first part of my writing will be the summary and the next part will be my response. I’ll change the title of my blog, but the URL will be the same.

What are we learning?

April 16, 2009

This post is about negative side of cartoons. In this post I would like to mention some cartoons that are giving false information of the living world.

I think in cartoon fiction is ok, but we have to make sure that our kids can easily understand what is the fiction and what is the truth. We have to be careful that we are not mixing the fiction with reality.

Yes. It is true that some of our kids are so serious about cartoons that they like to believe what the cartoons show, but what will happen to those who are enjoying cartoons, but not affectionate about that? 

POKEMON

POKEMON

Some cartoons, like ‘POKEMON‘ and ‘DIGIMON‘ are the

DIGIMON

DIGIMON

examples of those cartoons which are giving our kids wrong information. In these cartoons we can see many creatures which are not real. However, they set up as they are real and their body shape is like shape of original animals. The problem is there are lots of surprising plants and animals in this world, about which we are unaware. So, after watching those creators, small kids can easily believe that those are real. They will be puzzled easily.

Instead of those characters can’t we use the original animals to introduce our kids about the living creators? It is my another silly thought. One day while I was watching television with my small cousin, I noticed that he knows all the names of the characters of the cartoons which are very weird. It surprised me because he can’t memorize properly any English name of animals, but he can memorize what the cartoon is showing him. I am sure that if we introduce the original plants and animals through cartoons like Pokemon or Digimon, they will enjoy and learn quickly.

Are we in the correct track?

April 16, 2009

I am taking karate class in my school. Once it was my dream to learn karate, but now I am happy that I have the opportunity to learn it.

It became my dream when I started watching Japanese or Chinese cartoons. Obviously, at that time I could not understand anything excluding the martial art: karate, kung fu, judo. It was amazing for me to watch boys and girls were fighting respectfully. I learnt about those arts from my father. He taught me the value of these arts. It was an inspiration; inspiration to defense own self.  I like the spirit.

'SAMURAI X'-cartoon that demonstrates martial art

'SAMURAI X'-cartoon that demonstrates martial art

On the other hand, some of my friends took it violently. They thought it was a new form of fighting to defeat others or show power to others. When I told them what my father had said, they laughed at me. They thought I am girl, so I do not how boys think!

This is the difference. When something new, which is not our culture, introduces through cartoons or other television shows, we take it differently as we do not know anything about that. Our misconception can lead us into another way which may be harmful for us, for example, martial art. In China or in Japan, it is natural as it is their culture. Kids of those countries learn it to defenses own selves, not to fight or create violence. And in those countries, where it’s not a culture or it’s unfamiliar, mistreat the main idea and practice it differently.

The main aim of cartoons is to spread culture from one country to another. As children are the backbone or future of a country, cartoon is an easy media to make them familiar with different culture. Now, the question is how they take it? Are they adopting the positive side or negative side of that? Are our parents are paying attention to it that their kids are having misconceptions?

Captain Planet –we miss you!

April 12, 2009

When I was small, I used to watch a cartoon ‘CAPTAIN PLANET‘. It’s a social awareness cartoon. There was a group of five chosen Planeteers. From their ring power the hero ‘CAPTAIN PLANET’ was formed. The hero only used to come when there was a trouble for earth or mankind. I like the cartoon because it showed how human can pollute the environment and what their consequences are.

Captain Planet and the Planeteers

Captain Planet and the Planeteers

Without our concern we always pollute the environment. After polluting it, we realize that what we have done. The cartoon captain planet teaches us to think before harming the nature. That’ s why when people experience the consequences of pollution, and nothing left to do at that time, only then captain planet comes to save the world.

I think we should telecast the cartoon series once again. When we were kids, we learned how behave towards nature. At present, our kids can see trees and greens barely. So, they don’t think much about the environment. Their world is full of fantasy and unreal things. If we make them watch awareness cartoons like captain planet, they can learn more and maybe can be interested to protect the green world like Captain Planet. It has been my dream to watch our kids not to become Superman or Spiderman, but to become Captain Planet. This cartoon will force them to think the reality. Therefore, I miss you Captain Planet.

I am grown up!

April 9, 2009

 

Just imagine kids of 10 years old who are in our homes. Do you understand their thought? Or what do they do in a day?

Go to school, study at home, watching cartoons or playing games in computer or television rest of the time-this is the general daily routine of a kid of 10. Most of the time, they will be in their own world which is full of their dreams, full of their superheroes. In their rooms you can see the posters of their favorite cartoon characters hanging on the wall, sticker in the notebooks, and pictures in bag, pencils or sharpener. They don’t go outside to play as their parents don’t allow them because of their safety. So, their world is surrounded by cartoons and other indoor games. They always want to do some crazy stuff because they want to be unique. If you tell them to stop, the answer will be “I AM GROWN UP. I am not a child anymore. So, I can do whatever I want to.”

Now, I am going to write about two kids who are what we call ‘street children’. They are Janhangir Alam and Tauhidul Islam. Both of them are 10 years old and live at Chittagong in Bangladesh.

Jahangir Alam

Jahangir Alam

Janhangir works in a hotel in the day time. In the night, he plays with his friend Masuk, who is also the same age of him. He loves roaming here and there all the time.  I asked him why he stopped his study. The answer was he has to earn for his family, otherwise his mother, who stays in village, will starve. I reminded him his age, but he said, “I AM GROWN UP”. I changed the topic. My next question what he does in the leisure time: whether watches television like other kids of his age. He watches television in his neighborhood, and according to him, watching cartoons is childish and bogus. He thinks, the kids who don’t have anything to do, they watch cartoons, which is worthless.

Tauhidul Islam

Tauhidul Islam

Like him, Tauhidul is also working. He asks money from the passerby of streets. He is not ready to agree calling his work begging. He is also earning as he is “GROWN UP”. He loves playing in the open field. There is no fear for him to get lost, so he can play without any tension.  But, sometime he watches cartoons in the television. There is neither any

characters of the SISIMPUR

characters of the SISIMPUR

dish connection where he lives, nor any television. So, if the head of their colony allows him, he can see cartoons in his home with his kids. He watches only one cartoon which is “SISIMPUR“. As he stopped going to school, he can learn a little bit from this cartoon. It’s his additional concern. Still his major concern is how to earn more to lead a better life.

Now, please think of it. These kids are only 10 years old, but there is a huge difference between their thoughts. One group is thinking of imagery things, which we are allowing. Even they don’t have any idea about real world. And another group is thinking of livelihood and managing life. After all, both of them are GROWN UP!

Thanks to my friend Nasima, for whom I was able to meet these kids.

What a solution!

April 7, 2009

In my last post I mentioned that I went home and had some interesting experiences. This post is also part of my experiences.

In my grad mom’s home, there was a get together of my uncles and aunts, along with my grand mom’s neighbors. It was like a festival for us because after a long time all of my aunts got a chance met each other in one place. It is to inform you that I have five cousins and there was total nine kids including neighborhood. 

Everybody was in the dining table: eating, chatting and watching news in the television. However, they were also disturbed because of the kids. They were screaming and running and playing here and there. So, it interrupted the elders.

The kids were in their world, but it was difficult for us to stay calmly because of them. We warned them several times to be quiet and not to make much noise. But who listened to whom?

Then, one of my uncles came up with an idea. He suggested others to send the kids to one of my neighbors’ house in order to allow them to watch cartoons in television.

We all praised him, as his idea worked. The kids were enjoying among themselves and their parents were not tensed because they were safe in one place and were having fun.    

This is the craziness of cartoons and sometimes we can take this type of little little advantages from it. It seems that watching cartoons was more valuable for the kids than playing outside, at present time.