A few things an informed ESL teacher should know about the ‘Third World’
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As a trainee or novice ESL teacher, you may decide to work as a volunteer ESL teacher. Since practically all voluntary organizations work in ‘Third World’ countries, it would be most appropriate for an ESL teacher to have some knowledge about what being a third world country means.
As a starting point, it is important that the ESL teacher understands what is meant by the term the ‘Third World’: The developing countries of Asia, Africa, Oceana, and Latin America constitute the ‘Third World’. In contrast, the capitalist countries of Western Europe, North America, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand constitute the ‘First World’, and the former Eastern bloc countries of the USSR (Russia) and Russia constitute the ‘Second World’. Here are twenty characteristics that generally apply to most Third World countries, and which an informed ESL teacher should be familiar with (all figures are approximate).
- Low life expectancy is encountered in these countries due to the lack of money allocated to health services, and because people have less access to quality medical care.
- Low standards of education.
- Poor health care. Over 11 million children die each year from illnesses such as malaria, diarrhoea, and pneumonia.
- Poor nutrition. 824 million people go hungry or have a very limited food supply while an additional 500 million suffer from serious malnutrition.
- A lack of clean drinking water. In excess of one billion people do not have proper access to clean drinking water: 400 million of which are children.
- Poverty. About one in four people have no means to live on, and millions of people live on less than $1 a day.
- Economic dependence on more developed countries.
- Their economies are devoted to producing primary goods for the developed world whilst providing markets for finished goods manufactured in the developed world.
- The ruling elites of most of these countries are extremely wealthy.
- Corruption is endemic in a lot of these countries.
- Control of major economic activities such as mining and cultivation is often retained by foreign firms.
- The price of their goods is often determined by the developed countries.
- Trade with developed countries is practically the only source of income.
- Human rights are less protected.
- A total lack or inadequate national electricity grid. 1.6 billion people live without electricity in these countries.
- Although some of these countries, such as Venezuela and Nigeria, are rich in natural resources: very little benefit is felt by the ordinary people.
- These countries are often ruled by dictatorial regimes or corrupt ‘democratically elected governments.
- HIV/AIDS is a serious problem in some of these countries: especially in sub-Saharan Africa.
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- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.