Making a difference
FRC student wins global citizenship award
A Fort Richmond Collegiate graduate has won a 2022 Global Citizenship Award.
South Pointe resident Divya Sharma was honoured for her work on media portrayal of foreign countries. In December, Sharma travelled to Punjab, India where she created a “day in the life” video outlining her home country’s society and the disproportionately negative view the Western world has on many countries around the globe.
“My project focused on culture, media and how different countries — specifically third-world developing countries — are presented in the media,” Sharma, 17, said. “I had to go to India on a family trip, and I saw it as an opportunity to incorporate that trip into my project.”
Each year, the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation presents the Outstanding Take Actions Project Awards for students in the Grade 12 Global Issues: Citizenship & Sustainability course. Students are expected to implement a community-based project and act as global citizens on behalf of their school and community.
This year, six students were recognized for their projects addressing issues like poverty, racism, MMIWG2S, food security and more. The awards honour outstanding students and educators from Manitoba communities, including Winnipeg, Selkirk and Oakbank. Winners earn $250 towards their future studies.
”This area has always been a passion of mine,” Sharma said. “Leadership and taking action around the world, or even within our local community, is important to me.”
Sharma’s main goal when pursuing her project was to compare and contrast the differences between the lives and culture 0f people in Canada and India.
“I found that no matter where you live in the world, everyone has very similar problems and everyone has very similar things to celebrate,” she said.
Sharma’s video was a way to show visuals from her trip and Indian lifestyle, including street construction, inside of convenience stores and what people do for fun. Aside from the video, she also wrote an essay examining the portrayal of developing countries in the media.
“We tend to think people that don’t live in the Western world live in poverty or don’t have the best life, but I think there needs to be more research and real data showing there are people who are working hard. There are similarities in the way we think, act and live our lives,” Sharma said.
Sharma will be attending the University of Manitoba in the fall. She’ll be taking an integrated course called Global Political Economy and hopes to pursue a career in policy making, law or with the United Nations.
Sharma would also like to thank her Global Issues teacher, Grant Kroeker, for his help with her project.
“He encouraged me with the project, and has always been really passionate about the class,” she said. “I appreciated working on project-based learning and being able to put my own spin on things.”
For more information on the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation and this year’s awards recipients, visit www.mcic.ca
Kelsey James is a reporter/photographer for the Free Press Community Review. She graduated from Red River College’s creative communications program in 2018 as a journalism major and holds a bachelor’s degree in rhetoric, writing and communications from the University of Winnipeg. A lifelong Winnipegger who grew up in southwest Winnipeg, Kelsey is thrilled to be covering the neighbourhoods she still calls “home.”