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CURRENT EVENT | MAY 18, 2016

A Humble World Leader

Jose Mujica, former president of Uruguay, was widely admired for his impressive political accomplishments and humble, down-to-earth style. He lives in a simple home and travels without a limousine. While in office, he reduced poverty to single digits, increased trade and foreign investment, and improved the economics of Uruguay. After five years in office, Mr. Mujica stepped down from his position as Uruguay’s president last spring. Since then he’s been living a quiet life but he plans to be active in Uruguay’s government for years to come. Listen to hear more about this remarkable man and politician.

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Story Length: 4:59

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Listening Comprehension Questions

  • What was one of Malala Yousafzai’s first experiences with the dangers of religious extremism?
  • After miraculously surviving her attack, what has Malala focused her work on?
  • What is the message that Malala is trying to send to those in power?
  • What does Malala want to do in the future?
  • What are the goals of Malala’s mission to support girls?

Discussion Themes

  • What is your opinion on Malala’s message about the power of education?
  • Why do you think that ISIS might want to silence people like Malala?

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