2015- A great year for humanity

There’s been war in Syria, a refugee crisis, we’ve lived through terrorist attacks, we’ve had floods and earthquakes, to name but a few of the terrible things never to be forgotten in 2015…. BUT it’s HAS been a great year for humanity.

As Franklin Roosevelt once said, “the test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

Here’s a few stories of how those who have too little have been given a little bit more providing.

  1. In July Nigeria marked one full year without a single new case of locally acquired polio, the crippling and sometimes fatal disease. It is the last country in Africa to stop transmission of wild polio.
  2. The World Bank projected that extreme poverty was likely to fall for the first time to below 10 per cent of the world’s population. The United Nations this year reported that the number of people below the poverty line had fallen from 1.75 billion in 1999 to 836 million. This is the lowest number of people living in poverty in the last 200 years.
  3. In April this year UNESCO released a report on the status of global education, showing that in the last 15 years the number of children around the world without access to education has halved, from 100 million to 57 million.

You can read more about the year of good things on the day by day calendar here.

Laugh and shed some tears watching this video here.

Vocabulary

  • Floods- a large amount of rain causes water to move onto land that is normally dry
  • Marked- celebrated
  • Likely to- probably going to happen
  • Halved- reduced by 50%

Can you think about a special event that you consider remarkable in 2015?

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