This is who we are | Nguvu za hisia za sauti ya mtotoStrathcona Elementary, a public school in Vancouver, partnered with Iyoli primary, a village school in Tanzania. Two teachers, Perry Buchan and Doug Sherrett were part of the team who developed and implemented an innovative exchange curriculum. All of the curricula was translated into Swahili by Jackline Omondi and followed simultaneously by a teacher in Tanzania who lead the storytelling group. Storytelling is how we show who we are, how we know who we are, individually and collectively. It is a way for us to connect with others, to understand our differences and commonalities. We believe that the knowledge built from storytelling can provide a solid and ethical foundation for development and growth, individually and collectively.
Students worked on a book of stories, a video, a song and a virtual Reality tour of their school. In addition, the kids had questions about each other so we filmed them and created awareness campaign called #H2OPE which ultimately resulted in a partnership with Innovation: Africa who is going to build a well in Iyoli village.
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.
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.
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.
The Beneficiary Community (Iyoli Village, Tanzania)
The local community of Iyoli will be actively involved in the project through a local water user committee.