FCD 2019 – Theme announcement!

Hello, dear Pathfinders. I am Amelia, your trustworthy assistant who will accompany you on your Pathfinding mission. In order to help you better embark on this exciting, yet perilous journey, I have put together a small report about our new planet – Foster. This preliminary analysis assesses the new region in five different areas: Climate Change, Education, Healthcare, Economy and Foreign/Domestic Policies.

1. Climate Change:

Climate Change, or the warming up of global climate is heavily affecting the daily lives of inhabitants in this new region. Numerous residents living by the seaside are losing their homes to the constantly rising sea level. Soil salinity causes farmers to lose their high yields and therefore, main source of income. The area has also lost 50% of its natural forests in the last 50 years to deforestation, resulting in severe soil erosion and destructive floods that cause countless damages and sufferings to the people at lower topographies. With its unique location and diverse geography, the region is highly vulnerable to climate change and is in dire need for effective countermeasures.

2. Education:

The region has a state-run system that consists of twelve years of basic education, followed by higher education in universities. The system is known for its rigorous curriculum, that cause most students to live quite unbalanced lives. There are thirteen compulsory subjects that all middle and high school students must take with school days starting from the early hours of 7:00 am. Due its high population, high schools and universities entrance exams are highly competitive and failing to go to a prestigious school can be deemed a social stigma. Thus, the region always has increasing rate of depression, anxiety or even suicide. This is a serious issue that needs to be tackled in order to better nurture future generations.

3. Healthcare:

According to our satellites, the new region has a dense population with high humidity and pollution levels. These are the ideal conditions for illnesses to spread, thus, the region has always experienced hardships with its healthcare system. The current national healthcare program can only provide residents with subsidized services at overloaded and poorly-equipped public hospitals that mostly concentrate in metropolitan areas. In contrast, health facilities in rural areas are almost non-existent. Health issues are preventing a substantial proportion of the population from being productive members of society. It also costs them the freedom to enjoy their lives. Hence, a sustainable, yet, effective program is needed to improve the public health and life quality of people in the region.

4. Economy:

The region observes a steady GDP growth rate of about 6.7% per quarter (est. 2017) with GDP per capita around $2500/year. The positive outcomes are results of growing foreign investments into the area, which create more jobs for the people and therefore increasing consumers’ buying power. However, the current economy is considered unhealthy as its unemployment rate is unbalanced with the inflation rate. This means that the life quality of citizens is not improved with higher incomes due to high inflation rate. Therefore, the area needs pioneers with intelligent and flexible minds to help them find the perfect balance that would bring stability to their economy.

5. Foreign/Domestic Policies:

As the area operates under a one-party system, there needs to be a high level of information transparency in order to reduce or eliminate corruption and increase efficiency. In terms of diplomacy, the region is a member of a few International Committees, Alliances and maintain diplomatic relationships with most countries. Specifically, they have close bonds with China and Japan, which are their main sources of foreign investment. As of present, it can be said that they are putting minimal efforts in both domestic policies and foreign relations. However, the current situation can always be improved to make way for more efficiency and more market for produced goods on an international level.

>EARLY BIRDS APPLICATION IS OPEN!<

DEADLINE for Early Bird Application: April 30th, 2019
LOCATION: Fulbright University – Floor 2, Crescent Plaza, 105 Ton Dat Tien, Tan Phu Ward, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City
DATE: JULY 17th, 20th, 23rd – 2019
LINK for registration: fostervn.com/register-fcd2019
Fee: FREE