Saturday, April 24, 2010

Education key in making people care

By Leah Poulton, Communications & Marketing Office

Coquitlam residents may not be as sympathetic as you’d think – at least when it comes to the issue of starvation in other countries.

This was the discovery that English as a Second Language students Roja Gholipour and Julie Ko made while researching for their Student Research Days project.

They asked 33 Coquitlam residents aged 20-40 with a variety of backgrounds several questions about starvation as a global issue, including “how do you feel when you see photos of children with distended bellies on TV and online?”

The pair was somewhat surprised by the answers they received: 50% of people interviewed said that after seeing images of children with distended bellies, they would “be sad but soon forget about it”. 2.5% of people interviewed said they “don’t care at all”.

So what to do to make people start caring? The pair says that like with most important global issues, education is key. More education will mean more awareness, and hopefully more action.

Student Research Days is an annual event that showcases the research of Douglas College students. This year's event, held on March 30-31, 2010, featured nearly 200 students from across all College Faculties presenting over 100 research project posters on a diverse range of topics. The event continues to raise the profile and enthusiasm for student research at the College.

Next year's student research days will be held on March 28, 2011 at David Lam Campus and March 29, 2011 at New Westminster Campus. Look for registration forms and a call for exhibitors in the Fall, check the Student Research Days page for more information.

With photos and contributions from Trista Orchard