Grade 7 Students Solve Megacity Problems

Students in Grade 7 social studies are currently studying megacities, their problems and possible solutions, focusing on housing, health, safety & crime, and pollution, while also looking at their impact on the people and the surrounding environment. 
 
The Bolt spoke to some Grade 7 students and learned their impressions:
 
 
Kay

I chose the city Jakarta, as I thought that this fast-growing city has a lot of interesting elements that I could learn from and present. One thing I learned from this unit was the reason why people move into cities and why urbanization occurs. Urbanization occurs because of people looking and searching for jobs and opportunities. As megacities provide a lot of jobs from factories and companies, there are more opportunities for these people to get a better income than their current jobs. 
 
Another thing I learned was that although urbanization does good for these people, it can also leave negative impacts. For example, Jakarta has housing issues because of the population. The overpopulation took away more and more land in order to provide shelter for everyone in the city. 
 
Overall, this topic was really fun to learn about and I really enjoyed it. I was able to learn a lot of important things about megacities and urbanization.
 
  
Minh Anh

We studied life in cities/urban areas, and how it’s different from the countryside; growth of cities; and how a normal city could turn into a megacity.
 
I chose Moscow as my megacity. From my research, I found a lot of interesting facts about Moscow that I never knew. Its healthcare system is receiving a lot of negative feedback from citizens in Moscow, as the system has low quality care in general, and near-impossible access.
 
We’re also making an infographic about our chosen city. This is the part I’m most excited about because I like being creative and creating my own things. I get to use the information I have from my research, and put it into a prettier form instead of just paragraphs. I really enjoyed the infographic part last year, and I can’t wait to do it again this year!
  
 
Hayoon
 

I learned the definition about megacities and what positive and negative effects they have on our society. During research, I recognized that there are housing, health, safety and crime, pollution problems in Tokyo, and how the city has been working on solving these kinds of problems.
 
Megacities all have positives and negatives. What I found interesting is that as these days megacities are developing day by day, many people are still moving to megacities to get a job, and earn money, although there are some problems like pollution, housing, health, safety and crime. The other thing that surprised me was that there were lots of megacities in India.
 
  
Andy
 

We learned about megacities and how big some can get, studied some of their  issues and how we can solve them. Some facts I learned were that Manila is the world's most densely populated city, with 42,857 people per square kilometer. In addition, 3.8 million Filipinos were displaced due to natural disasters in 2018, with a further 188,000 because of violence.
 
What I found interesting was when we watched a documentary film about Lagos, Nigeria. I really enjoyed it as it gave me a whole new perspective of current problems around the world, and why it is important we think of solutions for them.
 
 
Panda
 

We are learning about the push and pull factors of different Megacities in order to understand why so many people choose to live in Mega cities, and how housing; health; safety and crime; and pollution affect megacities.
 
I learned that cities with high populations and good reputations can have some flaws, but also provide many benefits to its citizens. For example, in a city there are many opportunities to get a job. A person can receive a steady pay when they get hired. Poor residents who live in slums can still earn enough money to live a better life compared to living in the countryside.
 
 

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