Goal: The goal of this exchange is to have students from two different schools/countries build a friendship and understanding with each other using story as a tool to facilitate this process.
Strathcona Elementary, a public school in Vancouver partnered with a village school in Iyoli, Tanzania and followed a curriculum used by both schools that used storytelling and art to learn about themselves and each other in 2016. The Strathcona school kids created an awareness campaign called #H2OPE that alerted the international community that Iyoli, a small village in Tanzania, was in desperate need of a clean water supply.
…but that changed when Innovation: Africa secured funding from an anonymous donor who adopted Iyoli village and the organization committed to building a well and infrastructure in the village. We are forever grateful to the generosity of this donor and Innovation: Africa.
Innovation: Africa is a non-profit on a mission to bring innovative solar and water technologies to remote African villages. They have provided one million people across Africa with access to vaccines, light, and water. They are an incredible organization working hard to make the world better!
In addition to bringing education into villages we have also integrated funding into the infrastrusture of each exchange by partnering with NGO’s answering the question of how a school or community in the developing world benefits from an exchange program, they would be getting development dollars that supports a whole village. We believe that this curriculum provided a synergistic medium for the exchange of ideas, allowing different cultures to connect and learn from each other through the power of the human story.
Lara Kroeker (Executive Director, Canada)
Lara is an Emily Carr graduate and the co-founder of Randomlink Interactive Inc., an award winning interactive studio, founded in 1997. Lara is key in developing and documenting the stories that come from the remote communities using her media and photography skills.
Perry Buchan (Curriculum Development, Canada)
Understanding and creating social change has been Perry’s lifelong passion. Both as an academic, and as a career elementary teacher, he has studied, created and implemented alternative methods of education designed to help create a better world. Perry was instrumental in creating the curriculum for the original Cheku Water Project.
Jackline Omondi (Cultural Liaison and Curriculum Development Officer, Canada) Jackline Omondi has a Master of Arts, Sociology degree from University of British Columbia. For the past 15 years, she has been involved in training initiatives for youth and adult learners of culturally diverse backgrounds. She is passionate about empowering individuals through culturally sensitive training methodologies that enhance transfer of knowledge. Born and raised in Kenya and established in Canada, Jackline offers critical lenses to ways of learning that are cognizant of both resource limited settings and the technologically enhanced communities.
Doug Sherrett (Curriculum Development and Implementation, Canada)
Doug is a grade six and seven teacher at Strathcona Elementary where the new curriculum will be implemented.
Alex (Curriculum Development and Implementation, Canada)
Moshi Changai (Project Management, Tanzania)
Moshi Changai has been leading tours for over 15 years. He has worked for many of the biggest companies as a safari leader. Moshi Changai was born in Sori, a small village in the Kondoa district, where he was the major driving force behind the Cheku Water project. He successfully managed both the people and money required to successfully build the Cheku solar powered water well. He is working hard to improve the quality of life for both individuals and the community at large.