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Incredible photos showing the varied ways the world works in 2019

Donna Coutts, July 23, 2019 6:45PM Kids News

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Chilli farmers in Bangladesh. Picture: Azim Khan Ronnie/Agora Images media_cameraChilli farmers in Bangladesh. Picture: Azim Khan Ronnie/Agora Images

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Will robots take all our jobs?

It’s unlikely to happen, according to the latest report by the World Bank* on work and jobs around the world.

In its study called The World Development Report 2019, the World Bank instead predicts that automation* will replace some low-skilled jobs but create opportunities for different, more productive and creative jobs.

“This fear that robots have eliminated* jobs — this fear is not supported by the evidence so far,” the World Bank’s Chief Economist Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg told news service Bloomberg.

“This is the fourth industrial revolution*, there have been three before, and in each case we managed to survive so it’s not the case that machines completely eliminated humans,” Koujianou Goldberg said. “Eventually, we will adjust.”

This incredible collection of photographs shows humans — not robots — doing jobs around the world, from farmers in Bangladesh sorting chillies to window cleaners high up on a glass skyscraper in the United Arab Emirates.

These photos are among the 50 finalists from 1500 entries to an international photography competition called #Work2019.

Which is your favourite photo? Which of these jobs do you think will still be done by humans in 2050 or 2100? Which jobs do you think might be better for robots to do and why?

sakdf sdkj hda lkd media_cameraMetal forgers in Indonesia. Picture: Nico Edhi/Agora Images
A craftswoman of colourful umbrellas in Indonesia. Picture: Dedy Dhamiyanto/Agora Images media_cameraA craftswoman of colourful umbrellas in Indonesia. Picture: Dedy Dhamiyanto/Agora Images
A street librarian in France Credit: TRAVELMOMENTCAPTURES media_cameraA street librarian in France. Picture: Travel Moment Captures/Agora Images
Firefighters in Lagos, Nigeria. Picture: Rufus Ashiru/Agora Images media_cameraFirefighters in Lagos, Nigeria. Picture: Rufus Ashiru/Agora Images
Drying fish in Bangladesh Credit: SOHEL PARVEZ HAQUE media_cameraDrying fish in Bangladesh. Picture: Sohel Parvez Haque/Agora Images
A cigarette factory in Indonesia. Picture: Gigin Yusdinar/Agora Images media_cameraA cigarette factory in Indonesia. Picture: Gigin Yusdinar/Agora Images
Harvesting salt in Vietnam. Picture: Dung Pham/Agora Images media_cameraHarvesting salt in Vietnam. Picture: Dung Pham/Agora Images
Maintenance work on an electricity pylon in Indonesia. Picture: Adry Denisah media_cameraMaintenance work on an electricity pylon in Indonesia. Picture: Adry Denisah/Agora Images
Iron workers in Sri Lanka. Picture: Jayanath Illangakoon media_cameraIron workers in Sri Lanka. Picture: Jayanath Illangakoon/Agora Images
Digging for clams in Vietnam Credit: CHIE CHIE media_cameraDigging for clams in Vietnam. Picture: Chie Chie/Agora Images
Window cleaners in Dubai Credit: ROLANDO BATACAN media_cameraWindow cleaners in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Picture: Rolando Batacan/Agora Images
Decorating pots in Myanmar Credit: HLA MOE NAING media_cameraDecorating pots in Myanma. Picture: Hla Moe Naing

GLOSSARY

  • World Bank: international bank that provides interest-free loans and grants to the governments of poorer countries
  • automation: making something automatic
  • eliminated: got rid of completely
  • industrial revolution: a big change in the way the world works. The Industrial Revolution refers to a time that began in the late 1700s when many people moved from farming and small-scale making to working in factories with the help of machines

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QUICK QUIZ

  1. Does the World Bank think robots will take all our jobs?
  2. What does the World Bank do?
  3. What is an industrial revolution?
  4. What jobs does Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg have?
  5. In what country is the chilli photo taken?

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CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES
1. Danger Money
Some of the jobs in these pictures look quite dangerous and are from countries that are less privileged than ours.

Work with a classmate and choose 3 pictures and make a list of some hazards of the job and how you could improve the safety or workplace conditions for these workers.

Time: allow 20 minutes to complete this activity
Curriculum links: English, Personal and Social, Critical and Creative Thinking

2. Extension
Work with a friend and make a list of some new and creative jobs that might be created by 2050 to 2100. What job would you like to do when you are an adult?

Time: allow 10 minutes to complete this activity
Curriculum links: English, Personal and Social, Critical and Creative Thinking

VCOP ACTIVITY
After reading the article, with a partner, highlight all the openers you can find in blue. Discuss if they are powerful and varied openers or not. Why do you think the journalist has used a mix of simple and power openers? Would you change any, and why?

HAVE YOUR SAY: Which is your favourite #Work2019 photo? Which of these jobs would you least like to do and why?
No one-word answers. Use full sentences to explain your thinking. No comments will be published until approved by editors.

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