24 HOURS DC/UOIT: Planting international roots for development

Bogumila Anaya, DC's manager of international projects and partnerships, arranging a display of 17 initiatives for International Development Week. Photo credit: Jackie Graves

Our second-year Journalism – Mass Media students from Durham College have tackled a special project – one we are calling ’24 Hours DC/UOIT’.
On Feb. 5, 2019, the students visited particular areas of the Durham College and UOIT campuses, including north Oshawa, downtown Oshawa and Whitby.

They talked to people, snapped pictures and gathered stories from students, faculty and staff about their campus experiences. This is one in a series of 16 stories from that day.

International Development Week at Durham College (DC) celebrates opportunities for – you guessed it – international development and education.

Bogumila Anaya, DC’s manager of international projects and partnerships, says the purpose of the week is to celebrate opportunities in development and education.

“These are opportunities for our students, DC community, faculty, staff, of what can I do to change the world?” says Anaya.

These things can be as small as buying art made out of recycled material or as large as studying in another country.

Anaya says the events are building around 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs). These goals look to tackle multiple global issues such as inequality, lack of education, climate change and poverty.

Bogumila Anaya, manager of international projects and partnerships, in the CFCE building testing the tech in the Global Class with colleague Lon Appleby. Photo credit: Jackie Graves

As part of International Development Week, a documentary called “I Am” was played in the Global Class in the CFCE building Feb. 5. The focus of the film is to emphasize the human impact on the world told through the lens of award-winning director Tom Shadyac.

Shadyac, who produced films such as Ace Ventura and Bruce Almighty, released the film in 2010 after a cycling accident left him injured. He made the documentary to ask “what’s wrong with our world?” and “what can we do to make it better?”.

Anaya says the film “touches on” many of the SDGs by getting people to think about how they can get involved in the world around them.

“It’s a documentary about who we are on the planet,” she says. “What are our responsibilities? What is our purpose? How can I contribute to the world around me?”

Anaya says DC’s international education office has partnerships and projects around the world. One includes the education abroad initiative, which lets students study around the world.

She says on the project side, the office works on assisting education in Kenya and Vietnam by working with polytechnics and ministries of education to change the way they teach students through “hands-on” learning.

“You don’t see it around the world as much (hands-on learning). A lot go to university and study theory, and a lot of people don’t even have access to education,” she says. “We’re going to these countries and saying, ‘hey, we can share with you our best practices’.”

According to Anaya, faculty and students went to Kenya last year to work on projects to build skills training and education.

Students and faculty from DC’s journalism program produced a documentary on their efforts, which was screened this past November.

As part of International Development Week, it was screened again in the global classroom Feb 8.

Bogumila Anaya, manager of international projects and partnerships, explaining the event to a student. Photo credit: Jackie Graves

Anaya says she wants students to “be aware” of the 17 SDGs. So much so, her department developed an app called the SDGs in Action, which allows users to select the goals in which they are most interested and follow a news feed connected to them.

SDGs in Action allows students to see how other users of the app are achieving their goals around the world.

“We want students to think beyond what’s happening in the classroom to look at the global picture and the global perspective of who they are and their actions for today and tomorrow,” she says.