In preparation for teaching workshops in Uganda, I packed along a photo of our class. I hoped the teachers there would be interested in seeing what a Canadian class looked like and that the photo would serve as a nice ice-breaker into deeper conversation. I was deeply touched when I noticed our class photo being passed from teacher to teacher at the first workshop – with much discussion among the teachers and many questions to me. Most of the participating teachers there chatted with me at some point about what education in Canada is like and shared their experiences about teaching in Uganda.
I was elated when one teacher in particular approached me to ask if our class might be interested in becoming pen pals with his class. Arriving at school this week to get everything set up, I noted an envelope addressed to me from Uganda – of course it is the first piece of mail I have opened! Enclosed was the photo I have posted and a lovely letter from that teacher, Mr. Tumusiime. He has included all the names of the students that have joined the environmental club he formed as a result of our workshop and is hoping that we can match students who can then build a long distance relationship. What a great way to build cross-cultural understanding. This approach will be perfect for us, as he has students participating from K through grade 7.
If your child might be interested in being a pen pal, please let me know and I will match our students with his. We will write some class letters (or send pictures), cards, holiday greetings, etc. throughout the year. Whether children are directly matched or not, everyone will have the opportunity to participate.
The fundraising has begun… Thank you to everyone for your warm wishes and support.
I’ve found a fun and very easy avenue to raise money for the Jane Goodall Institute, every time I shop online or search the web. I’ve put a link on the blog, on the top left hand margin: iSearchiGive.com
Simply use iGive.com to raise money for the Jane Goodall Institute (Canada), every time you shop online at any of their 867 participating stores. And when searching the web through iSearchiGive.com (a search engined powered by iGive!), you will raise a penny or more for the JGI every time.
If you do happen to make a purchase through iGive within 45 days of joining, they’ll donate an EXTRA $5 to The Jane Goodall Institute! With 867 stores in the iGive Mall and the new iSearchiGive.com search engine, it’s easy to find the things you need AND raise money for a good cause.
HOW IT WORKS:
1. Join iGive.com to support Jane Goodall Institute (Canada). It’s free, safe, and easy to join. Use this link:
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Up to 26% of EACH purchase through iGive benefits the JGI, along with a penny (or more!) per qualified search at iSearchiGive.com. Make that first purchase within 45 days and get a bonus $5 donation, too!
Also – a very big THANK YOU to Mia’s Mom, Leslie for setting me up with a Regal Fundraising site, which will be available under the blogroll on the right hand margin of this site until April 30th. http://shannonhforjgi.shopregal.ca
This week, we received a lovely letter from Mr. Gilbert Okenye, the teacher of our sister class in Nairobi, Kenya along with photographs of the school and community people. They have two questions for our students: What kind of food do we eat? And “How do you relate with other people outside your culture?” I have to admit I am mulling over the second question as I am not completely clear in my mind on the question itself. However, these two questions might be good ones to discuss at home with your child so when we get together to write our letter in reply, we can write thorough, thoughtful answers back to the students.
They have also received the camera, pencils, books, stickers, erasers, etc. that we sent them, and are very pleased!