Someone that has always had a great impact on my life is my best friend Kaitlyn. I have known her since I was three and she has always been there for me since then. Kaitlyn has helped me through tough times and always is there to put a smile on my face. I admire her because she has always encouraged me to try my best and supports me through my sports. I look up to her because she is a great friend, makes me laugh and helped me become the person I am today. I also admire her because she is very trustworthy and I feel comfortable telling her anything.
The official language of Ecuador is Spanish. In Ecuador there is three main regional Spanish languages, these are Andean Spanish, Amazonic Spanish and Equatorial Pacific Spanish. In Ecuador the most spoken foreign languages in Ecuador are Chinese and English. The ten most spoken languages in Ecuador besides Spanish is Achuar, Shiwiar, Awa- cuaiquer, Cofain, Shuar, Colorado, Cha’ Palaachi, Embera, Secoya, Siona, and media languages. There are 21 indigenous languages in Ecuador. There are two languages that have gone extinct, they are Andoa and Tetete. There are ten endangered languages in Ecuador including Zapara, Awapit and Sia Pedee. In Ecuador the are over 65,000 people who speak English. They are teaching some endangered languages in Ecuadorian school to help preserve the languages.
After researching about Ecuador, I learnt several things I didn’t know about this country. Some interesting things I learnt is that 93% of the population speaks Spanish which is the official language. The population of Ecuador is 16,290,913, 64.2% of this number lives in urban settings and the rest of the population lives in rural settings. 74% of the population follows the Roman Catholic religion, and 10.4% is Evangelical religion. In Ecuador the life expectancy at birth is 76.8 years in comparison to the world is 83 years. 4.9% of the governments budget goes towards education, females go to school for 16 and males for 15 years. In Canada the school life expectancy for males is 16 years and females for 15 years. Even with 4.9 of the governments budget goes to education 95.4% of males and 93.3% of females have high literacy. In Ecuador the unemployment rate for youth ages 15-24 is 10.4%. The top export list in Ecuador is petroleum, bananas, cocoa, cut flowers, coffee and shrimp. The labour force by occupation is mostly spread between agriculture with 27.8%, industry with 17.8% and services with 54.4%. I learnt many more facts about this country but these are the ones I found most informative and interesting.
On my first day at Eagle Butte High School, I was quite nervous about becoming a student here considering it is very different then my former school. After my few first weeks here I realized that I was nervous about nothing. I have had a pretty good time at Eagle Butte, I find that the classes are easy so far and I am succeeding better than I thought I would be. Yet, I think that High School is more challenging then Junior High because there is way more tests and homework. I have made a lot of new friends and become closer with my old friends. I have found a new interest since I came to this school, it is cross country. I’m really glad that I joined the team, I feel like I really succeed at running. At my first race in Edmonton I got 15th places which is pretty good for my first time racing. From joining cross country I have had a really fun and eventful time, also it’s a place where I have made new friends. One thing I have leant in high school is that it’s going to be much more work than junior high, I will need to try harder and study more often to succeed over my years here. My overall impression of Eagle Butte so far is that so far I think I will make a lot of friends and have a great experience because I have so far.
For my The World in 25 People project, I decided to research the country Ecuador which in in South America. At this moment I’m not very well informed of this country, I don’t know anything about Ecuador except I know that some fruit are grown here like bananas because of the hot climates. Personally, I am excited and curious to learn about this new country to see what life is like there, also I am slightly scared because I think they have a very poor economic system here. People in this country make or live off of $2 a day which would make life difficult. I feel like life there would be a challenge because it has a very hot climate and there isn’t a lot of money in the system also I feel like they do a lot of hard work in unfit conditions and make very little money. I would like to learn about the culture of the people in Ecuador and how they live off of what the receive.
I decided to research how sports balls are made and who makes the product. I chose this product because I wanted to see how sports balls were made because the majority of my life consists of playing sports. You would think that some sports balls from Transnational Corporations like Nike and Adidas are made in factories but actually 75% of sports balls are hand stitched by workers in India, China, Indonesia and Pakistan. These workers stitch balls at their own homes or in factories as part of a production line.
As consumers some things about the production of this product that we should know, is that the majority of the workforce is made up of women and children. These workers often face discrimination and rarely have a voice. The workers are paid based on the quantity of the pieces sewn, as a result workers often work long hours in extremely hot conditions , also they rarely receive legal minimum wages. A study by the International Labour Organization estimates that over 7,000 children, ages ranged from 5-14 work up to 11 hours to help their families make a larger income by stitching balls, just in the Sialkot region alone.
Fairtrade standards for sports balls makes sure that there is no discrimination against women and there will be no child labour. It also provides a minimum wage and an additional Premium to invest in social and economic initiatives in the communities. I was really surprised when I found out that companies like Nike use child labour and discriminate women to make their products.