Take a look at this fantastic opportunity to be part of a global project that aims to engage students, help them learn about other countries and cultures, make their learning real and allow them to make a difference to other people’s lives.
Heard about the Ugandan Global Project? If not, take a look now.
Want to do something similar?
Read on to find out more.
If you are interested in taking part in this global charity/educational project or would just like to know a bit more, leave a comment expressing your interest and teacher Sarah Leakey or Bikeabout will get back to you shortly.
At present, the proposed time for the project would be May to July 2011.
Sarah will have a Year 2 (Grade 1) class however we hope that won’t put teachers with older classes off and home schoolers. We already have 6 groups involved. It would be great to get both a range of ages and a mix of similar ages to broaden the experience for all involved.
See the edublog to find out what has happened already http://connectingchildren.edublogs.org/
To broaden our own children’s horizons by letting them experience other countries and cultures from all walks of life.
To empower our children to make a difference and show them that you’re never too small to make a change.
Provide them with a real context for a whole host of valuable learning opportunities.
Have a huge amount of fun!
Help Child’s Dream and Bikeabout build a school for underprivileged children in the Mekong Sub-Region
Child’s dream was established in 2003 by Marc Jenni and Daniel Siegfried as a charity organisation dedicated to unconditional help for underprivileged children in the ‘Mekong Sub-Region’ which includes Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. This region is at the core of many humanitarian crises and children are suffering the most. To find out more about Child’s Dream and their projects, visit: www.childsdream.org
Liz Wilton and Chris Leakey are a British cycle touring couple (Chris and Sarah are brother and sister) who have undertaken the rather adventurous task of cycling from New Zealand back to England. As part of this, they have chosen to support Child’s Dream and aim to raise £20,000 (approximately Oz: $31,800 / USA: $31,500 / NZ: $41,200). This would be enough money to build a whole school!
Find out more about Bikeabout here: www.bikeabout.co.uk and why they chose to support this charity here: http://www.bikeabout.co.uk/charity/whychildsdream.shtml
Sarah is a primary teacher who was trained and worked in the UK but is currently working in New Zealand. She has a wealth of teaching knowledge and a real passion for education and inspiring children to learn. She is an expert at working with challenging and unmotivated children and currently working on her MA in Education with a focus on formative assessment. Amongst all this she still manages to find time update her professional blogs and then go skydiving or climbing on the weekend.
About the project
It is not our aim here to set out how the project will run, that will be determined by the people who choose to be involved and the children we work with.
It might be helpful to know that:
Chris and Liz (Bikeabout) will be able to:
Give skype sessions (depending on location and access to fast enough internet)
Provide tailored resources, video, photos anything you can think of for classes related to your curriculum.
Correspond via email to any question the class, pupil or teacher have.
Child’s Dream have been most helpful in the past providing photos, responding to children’s emails etc. and have just set up their own youtube site with videos that give a better insight to their work, this is limited to one video in English (Laos Field 2) at the moment but I am told more are on the way. The others (in other languages) still provide useful images and talking points but are better played with the sound off.
Due to the nature of Bikeabout being a cycling project, Sarah was thinking that she might link it with work on cycle safety or encouraging cycling to school for example (although this is up to each individual person).
In terms of the actual event to raise money, we think this would be best left up to the children, they usually come up with the most creative ideas.
To get a bit of an insight into the Bikeabout adventure, read the blog or have a look around the rest of the website.
Join in now – http://connectingchildren.edublogs.org/
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Thanks, we look forward to hearing from you.
Chris, Liz and Sarah