InS Gapminder Compare and Contrast (Nigeria and Saudi Arabia)

I was wondering about why neighbouring countries such as Nigeria and Saudi Arabia have such a difference in wealth, life expectancies etc.screen-shot-2016-12-02-at-12-05-19-pm

If you look at this picture (Nigeria in blue and Saudi Arabia in green.) You can see how far the countries are from each other in terms of health and wealth.

Let’s take a look and compare the two countries. In Saudi Arabia, the development rate is much higher than Nigeria’s because it has lots of natural resources mostly oil. Saudi Arabia produces eighteen percent of the world’s petrol and oil. Giving the country wealth and more money to the workers that can be used for health causes. Giving the country better health and wealth. While on the other hand Nigeria has some petrol but not as much as Saudi Arabia also has many important metals that we use in our daily devices. Nigeria also produces natural gas. The oil and gas portion accounts for 35 percent of the gross domestic product.

In terms of birth rate in both countries, there is 2.70 births per woman on average in Saudi Arabia, and in Nigeria there is 6.00 births per woman average. The death rate of children in Nigeria is much higher compared to most of the world because the country has a quite high population of around 180 million people, but also because the country is poor and the health care/ child care, medicine is not so good. While Saudi Arabia has less child death rate because of a better government and more wealth and medicine.

As said earlier, the birth rate of the average woman in Nigeria if 6.00 and in Saudi Arabia it is 2.70. These numbers are different for economical reasons and for religious reasons. For example in Nigeria it might be necessary to have that many kids in order to be able to do the work around the house or earn money. But in Saudi Arabia, it might not be so important for a family to many kids.

In Nigeria the infant death rate is much higher than Saudi Arabia’s at a staggering 117 per 1000 children. While in Saudi Arabia is at 16 deaths per 1000. This is because of how rich the government is and the health care/ medicine that they can afford.

The GDP in Saudi Arabia and in Nigeria have a big difference even though they are neighbouring regions. The GDP in Nigeria is 3005.51 USD and the GDP in Saudi Arabia is 25.961.81 USD. This shows how rich the government is and how good their care and medicine is for their citizens. This big change in wealth might be because of the natural resources and the if population the is taking up all of the jobs and resources from the other poorer half of the country.

The HDI in Nigeria is 0.514 as of 2014 and the HDI of Saudi Arabia is 0.837. These numbers could differ or change for many reasons such as wealth and money problems, lack of resources, or wars and illnesses. Since the HDI is a combination of many indicators mixed together if any one of those factors are in a bad state everything changes.

Life expectancy is a big role in how we see the a county and often describes what the country is like. The life expectancy of Nigeria for men is 53.4 years and for woman it is 55.6. This is a low number for a country compared with other countries such as japan with 83.10 years average between men and women.


This is because of the diseases that spread and how people in Nigeria are not available to clean water and clothing. Since most of the country is poor there is usually not enough money to get proper treatment. But in Saudi Arabia the life expectancy is 75.71 for women and 73.03 for men. This might be because of the technology and wealth of each individual and the government. The government provides healthcare and has enough technology to be able to fix most sicknesses.

The literacy rate in Nigeria and Saudi Arabia have very different numbers. In Saudi Arabia 97 percent of the youth total number of children can read and write. While in Nigeria only 66 percent of all the youth children can read and write.


This could be because of where the children live and the amount of space they have to overcome to get to a school with or without transportation. In Nigeria only 31 people out of 1000 have a motor vehicle and that would make it tough to get to school if there is not one near by. While in Saudi Arabia it is 336 motor vehicles per 1000 people.

I&S Grade 8 Unit 1 Reflection

Q: What ways have I gotten better at this type of work?

A: I think I have gotten better at doing my research when it comes to writing essays. Instead of using just Wikipedia or the first link google gives me I am able to look deeper into websites and find their sources and find good sites from there.

Q: Did I Meet my Standards?

A: I think I met most of my standards but one thing that I could work on is my length of the essay. My essay was a bit shorter than what I planned it to be so for next time I would like to learn how to expand on some of my topics. But I think I did well on having lots of details and examples in my essay.

Q: Did you do your work the same way other people did theirs?

A: I think my work was a bit diffrent from other peoples because most people did an infographic or poster and only about three people did essays. I chose an essay format because it is the way of working that I am most familiar with. Next time I do a project like this I will try to be more open minded and try to make a poster or an infographic. I think my project would of been a bit more exiting if I had made a poster or infographic.

Q: What do you want to improve on?

A: I  would like to improve on being able to get as much work done in class as possible by not fooling around with friends. Also learn how to manage my time at home. I had to finish my work on the last class that we had before we turned it in, so it was a bit of a rush. Next time I would of liked to finish my project before the last class of when its due.

Link to Essay:

What Would Happen to America if there was no Religion?

YIS Dragon Days Reflection


Designing our project was… Fun but a bit challenging
Reasons I liked working with my group We were able to get along and work efficiently.
ATL skills that I used well I learned how to compromise and get around arguments.
Great moments along the way We made a fun bottle flip montage.
One thing I learned from another group I learned that we don’t do much sports compared to other schools.
Next time, I will Try to stay on task and don’t talk too much.
Something awesome that I contributed I edited the bottle flip montage.


Science Can We Grow Food on Mars?

People are planing to move to mars at some point in time, a large problem that people face is that they don’t know how to grow their own food supply  I will suggest two problems and decide witch one is the best choice.

My first suggestion is to bring many trees, for example apple trees or a cherry tree. The trees grow food, as well as oxygen. Humans eat food and produce carbon dioxide. If the trees are in an area where it is closed and where a human is, there will be a balance for a supply of oxygen and food.

My second idea was to bring a life time of food for hundreds of people so that they will never run out. They could do this by flying many rockets and filling them with food. They should have enough food for until they learn how to grow food there.

My third idea was to create a soil filter and filter all the un formidable chemicals from the soil on mars. So over time there will be a big place where people can plant food.

Websites: Link Link


Drama Folktale John Henry

Task: Rewrite the story as a blog post in a series of major plot points. Perhaps the story could be divided into at least six major events, but there could be more. Make a list of the key characters that are essential to the story.

I will be doing the story of John Henry, the story is from America.

1-John Henry was born in the 1940’s.

2-Starts digging holes for railroad.

3-John Henry becomes best in the land.

4-New drilling machine comes and challenges him.

5-John Henry beats the new drilling machine.

6-Dies from a brain vessel popping.

The moral of the story is that you should never give up and always try your hardest for something you love.

Main Characters: John Henry, Sales man, Town people.



Spanish Unit 4 Reflection

My studying habits this unit were to start practicing before the test on my vocabilary, and learning to read the TSC to understand what I am going to be graded on. I now understand how stem changing verbs work, lots of new vocabulary, and how to discribe people. (for example what they are wearing or what they look like.) I think that reviewing my vocal before a test helped me the most this unit. It made it easier to comprehend the text and answer with detail. My goals for next unit is to learn lots of new vocal and how to use yo-go verbs.

Drama DIY Show Reflection

In drama I did a DIY show, and during this speech, my partner, Hayden and I focused on these three things. How we targeted the audience (old, young, teenager), our equipment and resources, and lastly, our procedure.

My group I think targeted the audience well. Our audience was a bunch of teenagers and we used sayings like “when you were younger, or catchy sayings” to catch their attention.

We organised our equipment and listed the equipment before we started, so that the people that are watching can easily keep up. We could of maybe improved on were we were going to add our facts because there weren’t many places to put them in. We could plan that out next time beforehand.

I think our groups procedure was great, we used lots of time words, for example next, first, last etc. We had more than two facts put into our speech to keep people interested, and we used our voice and body productively by standing still and protecting our voices.

I think I did well on trying not to move or sway when I am presenting. Before I used to sway a lot when I was talking but now I am getting better at not moving as much when I am on stage. My best skill was knowing the steps of the process throughly. I had been making the ninja star for a long time and I had memorized the instructions by heart.

I think I could work on my swaying when I am on stage. Even though my swaying is getting better, there is still room for improvement. I was swaying a little bit and that could of taken away the audiences attention away from the main idea.

I liked Risa’s and Yoshie’s DIY show because when they started their tutorial, that clearly stated what the video was going to be about and what you can do with the product.


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