Gran Torino

Gran Torino (Clint Eastwood, 2008) is a very captivating drama. The film evolves around the simple story about multiculturalism and tolerance, as well as family, friendship, religion and self-sacrifice. Walt Kowalski is a former auto worker for the car company Ford, who after the passing of his wife, is left alone with his dog, Daisy, and his two ungrateful sons. In the movie it is presented how Walter matures through the film and how he in the end is willing to sacrifice his life for his friends and their happiness and well-being.

As earlier mentioned in the end of the movie Walt makes the decision that he is going to sacrifice himself for the neighborhood and for Thao’s family. It is possible to ask ourselves if there were no other options that did not result in his death. In Walters eyes the gang who had attacked Sue needed to pay, and he did not want to rush his decision. Therefor he chose to do the things he wanted to get through before his death, well knowing that he was not going to return from his mission. It seemed like Walter needed redemption and this was the way he wanted it to end.

Even if there were another way of doing this, Walter needed it to be done his way. By my point of view Walter did not sacrifice himself for the Thao or the neighborhood, he did it for his own redemption and to make all the bad things he had done through his life right. This was going to be his redemption and his way of leaving the world on his own terms. I, at least, believe it was a very reasonable way for him to give his life for the things he believed in.



International Day

Each year Fagerlia VGS host a international day. This day has a international focus where the students and teachers can get more information and insight on different themes and current issues. This year the school has invited a crowed of people which are coming here to talk about their experiences and lives. Some are refugees who have fled from war, and others are well informed adults which can provide us with a lot of information about topics we want to immerse in. All of the invited people have each their room where we can stop by and ask questions and listen to their stories. This is presented as the human library.


The human library is therefore the exhibition of the well informed people who are, in this case, representing a book. Our task for the day was therefore to visit at least 3 people from the human library and immerse in one specific. I chose to visit a 38 year old man who escaped from Syria, two boys attending school with us here at Fagerlia VGS and a woman called Mahasen Al Hassan. Mahasen was the one who caught my attention and the one i wanted to write about.


Mahasen Al Hassan is now 20 years old and escaped from Palestine in 2008. Her dad was from Palestine and her mother from Syria, therefore she and her older brother did not get any citizenship. She was stateless and had to flee when the war broke out. They travelled in a ambulance from Palestine to Egypt and for every stop they made they were sure that they would be killed. When they finally made it to Egypt alive they got fake passport and flew to Germany where her uncle lived. After the flight they travelled by boat to Sweden and from there to Norway.


In Norway they got driven to Ålesund where Mahasen and her brother could start school. Her family was constantly fighting to get a citizenship but the stat would not let them have it. After 8 years both Mahasen and her siblings got a citizenship and she completed high school. Both she and her big brother got jobs along with both her parents. She is currently working as a pharmacist and her brother is working within industry, her younger brother is now a 10th grader and she also got smaller siblings which is also attending school.


Through this day I got to know a lot more about the life of a refugee and challenges that may occur on the flee. It was very enlightening and I felt like this was an experience that helped me a lot with understanding the different challenges and the everyday life of a refugee.

Sustainable Development Goals

On the 1st of January 2016 it was decided by the UN that it would be created a collection of 17 development goals. These would become the blueprint to creating a sustainable world and making the earth a better place for everyone. The UN chose 17 different goals, all essential for the present, and all crucial to maintain a sustainable earth.




In my opinion we may not be able to complete all of the 17 goals, but we may manage to improve many of them. We cannot erase all poverty and delete all inequalities, but we can reduce and improve them.


All of the different development goals focus on a certain theme. Life on land, life below water, reducing inequalities or quality education is just some of the different themes which is presented by these development goals. We all have a different theme that immediately catches our attention. For me it was goal number 4, quality education, and goal number 5, gender equality. I have always had a strong sense of justices and therefor equality both within gender, raze, religion or what it may be, has always been an important issue for me. I am also passionate about children, in every part of the world, getting an education that can provide them with a future and help the world moving forward at the same time.


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As earlier mentioned goal number 5 focuses on gender equality. Even though the world has developed a lot when it comes to gender equality it is still 49 countries who currently have no laws protecting women from domestic violence. In addition at least 200 million girls and women in 30 countries have undergone FGM (female genital mutilation). By providing women and girls with equal access to education, health care, work possibilities and representation in political and economical decision-making processes we include them in the modern society and by that we are already making a more sustainable world.


Regarding quality education the world has today over 265 million children not attending school, where 22% of them are primary school age. Not only that, but many of the ones who are going to school lack basic skills mainly within reading and math. Even though the world has made big progress when it comes to quality education, by getting equality in primary education between girls and boys for example, there is still a long way to go. Only a few countries have managed to create the same possibilities for all levels of education.


To create a more sustainable world and making these goals reality we need to work together both globally and nationally. We need cooperation from the different countries all around the world and within the countries. We need partnership between government, the privat sector and the civil society. Therefor also goal number 17 is essential. If we can manage to work together in realizing these goals it will immediately make the world more sustainable and a better place to live.


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  • Gathered from: , 8th of september 2018
  • Gathered from: , 8th of september 2018