Geography Cumulating Task By: Tori mcnabb

The three countries I chose are Britain(United Kingdom), Turkey(Europe), and Kenya(Africa). I explored the different quality of life in these countries in my written report, now I am just giving an over view. Britain is number 14 on the HDI scale, Turkey is 72, and Kenya is 145. Britain has the best quality of life out of the three countries, their literacy rate, life expectancy, health care are very high, just to name a few quality's. Where as in Turkey and Kenya have very low quality's, that leads to a bad quality of life. Which with the facts I am about to give you will prove these ratings to be true.

Britain Flag
Turkey Flag
Kenya Flag

Britain is number 14 on the HDI scale, so all their quality of life aspects are very high, for example education. Education is overseen by the United Kingdom's Department. They are mostly responsible for implementing policy for public education and state funded schools at a local level. There are multiple job opportunities all over the country, giving almost everyone a job that is of their liking and it pays well, not to mention each person is given a good amount of hours. The average person living in Britain earns a total of 26,000 dollars per year. The life expectancy in Britain is also very high, with most people living to be 82 years old. This is because of the multiple doctors and hospitals that the people are given access to. It is also free,being that it is just added to your general taxation, so there is no worry when you get to the hospital.

The average life of someone in Britain is almost always peaceful, happy, productive, and average. People can spend their days indoors in their houses or they can spend their days outside in the town. People from the ages from 16-70 will go to work, kids will go to school for the day. Usual after school is when people relax and spend time with their friends or family. That could be going shopping, out to eat, going for a walk or bike ride.

A school in Britain
Houses in Britain
Spend time in the town with family or friends

What is happening in Britain today!

Britain's health care is mainly provided by England's public health service, the National Health Service, that provides healthcare to all permanent residents of the United Kingdom that is free at the point of use and paid for from general taxation. Though the public system dominates healthcare provision in England, private health care and a wide variety of alternative and complementary treatments are available for those willing to pay.Education in England is overseen by the United Kingdom's Department for Education. Local government authorities are responsible for implementing policy for public education and state-funded schools at a local level.

Turkey is number 72 on the HDI scale. So their quality of life aspects are in the middle(50% higher or lower). For example education. In Turkey around 3 million people over the age of 15, most of them being women cannot even read or write their own names. This would also lead to not many women having jobs and families for that matter. That being that average person in Turkey makes a total of 9,950 dollars per year. This is not just because there is only one person working it is also because of the lack of jobs that are available. Most people work in factories or farms, both do not pay good money. There are some jobs in Turkey that pay good money just like in Canada, but so many people work there that there is not a lot of hours per person. The life expectancy is also very low with a person only living until the age of 73 years. This is because a lot of people do not have free healthcare so they can not pay for the treatment they are needed in order to live longer.

An average day in Turkey really depends on where they live and how much money a family makes. Some people live in nice houses or apartment buildings, nice or destroyed. Some kids do not go to school or even leave their house, so they spend their whole day indoors doing chores and caring for kids. Men go to work in factories or some even have jobs like us in Canada but there is little of jobs in that profession. Doing fun activities after work and school usual never happens because they are either always working or they do not have the money to do stuff, like go out to eat or go to the movies.

One of many factories in Turkey
A classroom in Turkey
A row of houses in Turkey

What is going on in Turkey today!

Increasing the literacy rate has been one of the most important goals of societal development since the foundation of the Turkish Republic in 1928. The literacy rate for those aged six years and older in Turkey is 95.78 %. Turkey has universal health care under its Universal Health Insurance system. Under this system, all residents registered with the Social Security Institution (SGK) can receive medical treatment free of charge in hospitals contracted to the SGK. That includes emergencies, work accidents, childbirth, infectious diseases, cosmetic surgery.

Kenya is ranked number 145 on the HDI scale. That being all of their quality of life aspects are very low, most be under 70 or 50 percent. For example education. Education in Kenya, kids can and most likely want to attend school but the cost of school fees and uniforms usual keep them from going. With that in mind most jobs that are available are working in factories or farming, jobs that are in Canada are very limited in Kenya. With there being so many people and so little job opportunities, people do not get good hours and do not get paid much. Also with Kenya being located in Africa, the life expectancy is very low. The life expectancy in Kenya is 63 years. It is because of all the different diseases that are carried through animals, bugs, air, and water. Which is like diarrhea illnesses, HIV/AIDS, influenza, stroke, malnutrition.

An average day in Kenya can really depend on where you are located and how much money you make. Some people will wake up in a house, where as some people wake up in hunts. Not all kids have the opportunities to go to school because of the fees and uniform costs. So most kids would spend most of their days working, out and around the house. Many adults work in factories and on farms, and are not given a good amount of hours or pay. With so little pay there is little to do of fun, so they have to entertain themselves or continue to work until they go to sleep.

A style of hut, which is used as a home in Kenya
Kids working in a field in Kenya
One of many factories in Kenya

What is happening in Kenya today!

In 2009, in collaboration with the NAC, Uwezo Kenya conducted an assessment of the basic literacy and numeracy skills of children ages 6–16. The Annual Learning Assessment (ALA) reached villages in 70 out of 158 districts in Kenya and assessed nearly 70,000 children in their homes.The government runs dispensaries across the country and are the lowest point of contact with the public. These are run and managed by enrolled and registered nurses who are supervised by the nursing officer at the respective health centre. They provide outpatient services for simple ailments such as common cold and flu, uncomplicated malaria and skin conditions.

So as you see the reason why Britain has a much higher quality of life is because the government gets involved more. The government can use the money they have to make places like Turkey and Kenya better, so instead of focusing on one part of a country focus on the whole country. You can just see this by where they are ranked on the HDI scale. Also how the literacy rate in Britain is 98%, Turkey is 95%, and in Kenya it is 78%, so that also proves my point. If the government got involved then the quality of life for both Turkey and Kenya would go up. Literacy rate, life expectancy, healthcare, and so much more. People would be happier and safer, not to mention more good quality of houses and environments.

There are many different organizations that can help countries like Kenya and Turkey. Here are a few that I found useful.

This is the logo for World Health Organization(WHO)

Their mission is to fight diseases like influenza and HIV and noncommunicable ones like cancer and heart disease. They help mothers and children survive and thrive so they can look forward to a healthy old age. They ensure the safety of the air people breathe, the food they eat, the water they drink – and the medicines and vaccines they need.

Another one I found was an organization called UNESCO.

This is the logo for UNESCO

UNESCO is responsible for coordinating international cooperation in education, science, culture and communication. It strengthens the ties between nations and societies, and mobilizes the wider public so that each child and citizen, has access to quality education, may grow and live in a cultural environment rich in diversity and dialogue, and can enjoy full freedom of expression

The final organization I chose to show was Life Straw.

This is what an original lifestraw looks like

The LifeStraw team is committed to redefining the safe drinking water space through technology innovation and product quality and design. In doing so, our work is driving sustainable access to safe drinking water by engaging governments, donors, and individual consumers to understand the problem and become an active part of the solution.

You can find out more about their mission at their website, under: Our story.

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