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What does a classroom that is engaged look like? Sound like? Feel like? Walking into this Bluff Creek Classroom engagement is tangible; visitors can see it, hear it, and feel it. Fourth and Fifth graders work fervently to complete their task for the day; there is a thoughtful hustle in their step and passion in their voices. Students are researching, designing, collaborating, and questioning. Funny thing is, these kids don’t see this as work, they see it as a “Passion Project”. They are striving towards a purposeful end goal. At Bluff Creek Elementary kiddos are planning a Walk for Water that will bring 5 toilets and a new borehole well to a community of students, just like them, at the Owina Primary School.
Each student takes on a task that interests them-
Students design a Google website to advertise their Walk for Water to the community.
Students recognize the importance to inform their peers about the community they are working with. What is life like at the Owina Primary School?
Students brainstorm and discuss how they can teach their community about the Global Water Crisis? Why should it matter to them?
These fourth and fifth graders at Bluff Creek Elementary are changing the world as they plan their community Walk for Water!
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Project Proposal: New Latrines and New Hand Washing Stations.Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the Western hemisphere. In a country where 37% of rural people have no safe drinking water (UNICEF) and 47% of the forest cover has disappeared over the last 50 years (UN Food and Agriculture Organization), these water, sanitation, and reforestation programs are a critical way to improve the living standards of the rural poor while conserving environmental resources. We work in remote rural villages that lack access to most basic services and are too small to receive assistance from other organizations. In general, communities are formed of subsistence farmers or day laborers who live in extreme poverty, surviving on $35-70/month.
Kathungu Primary is a public day and boarding School which if found in Makueni County of the Republic of Kenya. This school was started in 1974 with grass thatched classrooms. Today there are 247 boys and 242 girls. The school has 10 streams which are managed by the 16 teachers with leadership from Mr. Richard Musau the head teacher and his deputy Mr. Wambua Mutisya. The school performs very well both academically and in sports.
Kapululuka Primary School is in a rural area outside of Lilongwe, Malawi and currently has NO clean water source. The school has an enrollment of 799 students and only 7 teachers. Surrounding the school is an estimated population of 3,995 people.