Free to Learn

Posted November 28, 2014 no picture Effie Johari

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"Free to Learn: A Radical Experiment in Education", A Documentary by Jeff Root & Bhawin Suchak. "Free to Learn is a 70 minute documentary that offers a “fly on the wall” perspective of the daily happenings at The Free School in Albany, New York. Like many of today’s radical and democratic schools, The Free School expects children to decide for themselves how to spend their days. [...] For over thirty years in perhaps the most radical experiment in American edu...


What Does Freedom Mean to the Common Man?

Posted October 17, 2014 no picture Effie Johari

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Last August, Malaysia celebrated our Independence Day, a mark of freedom for the nation as a whole – freedom to self-determination, to have sovereignty over our own home soil, and to chart our own path as a modern nation. The word 'independence' and 'freedom' surely evoke something in the individual as a citizen of a country that not fifty seven years ago was under the colonization of another. What does freedom mean to the common man? Freedom to be part of a democracy, to vot...


Youths Take Action Against Human Trafficking

Posted October 3, 2014 no picture Effie Johari

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Youths are seen often as a shallow age group concerned mainly with things that benefit them. Far from this stereotypical idea of selfishness, youths worldwide including my country have contributed to many causes that we feel passionately about. In 2011, a group of youths banded together to combat the issue of human trafficking. It’s easy to dismiss an issue if you have managed to convince yourself that it doesn’t concern you. Case in point: the modern-day version of slavery...


Voices of Youth Inspire! Homegrown Artist

Posted September 17, 2014 no picture Effie Johari

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This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing my friend, Mei Lee, for my Inspire! profile. The passion she shows for her work and her endless drive to attain her goals has always been one of the reasons I was attracted to her as a person, and I admire the consistent expressions of these traits until today. Some of her notable projects include recent work for The Kitchen Guardian and Green August which ended up being sold on DFTBA. Your name Mei Lee. Your age23 Where a...


Feminisms

Posted September 8, 2014 no picture Effie Johari

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Deviating from the prompt of '2 Lives 2 Miles Apart', this post examines two generalized views of today's mainstream feminist movement from different lenses, based off my experience with feminism in Malaysia (specifically, from a youth perspective). From this, we will come to discover what exactly people mean when they say there are feminisms, and how important it is to ensure our goals are compatible with each other in order to achieve them. - You are from an upper middle-...


What Does Your Society Teach You About Poverty?

Posted August 28, 2014 no picture Effie Johari

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Implicit in most discussions of poverty is the notion that inequality is a given, and this has been an expected way society passes down their ideas regarding the subject. Since the only society I have ever lived in is here in Malaysia, I do not have firsthand accounts of the values that other cultures espouse except for my own. Here, there are several ideas of poverty and the conditions that engender it that are taught both formally and informally as an attempt to obstruct the viol...


(Plenty of Youths Get) Left Behind

Posted August 25, 2014 no picture Effie Johari

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The introduction of youths into political and decision-making spaces is a fairly new thing. Malaysia has made headway with this with current projects such as Parlimen Belia and similar state-led initiatives. Similarly on the rise are activities where our voices get a chance to be heard, such as MUN and youth conferences. Activity among the youth community is not unprecedented or a novel concept, neither is collective activity channelled towards a specific cause. But like their adul...


We're Just Under a Little Stress

Posted August 15, 2014 no picture Effie Johari

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Here are some of the things I learned from school. Like how sometimes, school counsellors will ask you invasive questions, like ones regarding your sexuality, and they promise to hook you up with a conversion therapy to help you. How teachers favour some students more than others, and have no qualms assuring one of their worth while ignoring the emotional needs of the others. I learned that the peer group that’s supposed to help students with their mental health issues consisted...


Musings Prompted by Independence Day

Posted August 12, 2014 no picture Effie Johari

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August is the month where Malaysians brush the dust off their decorative Jalur Gemilang flags to hang outside our homes and storefronts. Tinny songs sing of patriotism blare out from the speakers in malls and other public areas, while celebrations and the singing of our national anthem are encouraged nationwide. On 31st August, Malaysia would be celebrating our 57th Independence Day. For this special festivity, I seek to answer the question of what is great about my country. Ju...


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  • Effie Johari

    18 year old musical theater fan and horse enthusiast. I'm interested in the advocacy for economic equality, feminism, LGBT rights, and education for all. I’m not an activist or politically involved but I’m learning and I want to be. My twitters are @redrumming/@gerascos.


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