Project Kenya - Campus Saint-Jean U of A
The Kenya project focuses on three pillars: education, leadership and social justice. This will be an opportunity of a lifetime to see the world with new eyes. As we prepare to become teachers and leaders, we are conscious of the privilege but also of the responsibility of our chosen professions. We hear stories about the conditions of developing countries, but what a privilege it will be to see the realities of cultural differences.
Although the student teaching practicum is central to the "Projet Kenya" experience, leadership and volunteering activities are built into this international project. Reciprocity, solidarity and sustainability are three fundamental principles in our journey. Free the Children/Me to We, our partner organization, believes in a hand up - not a handout! Twelve wheelbarrows of sand, twelve wheelbarrows of rocks, two bags of cement, water, shovels, muscle power, blisters and a lot of good will - such is the formula that makes a difference in the lives of Kenyan children. Although very challenging physically, such an experience brings an unprecedented sense of joy in the lives of young adults who witness for themselves the power of experience.
According to previous participants, the best part about being in the Massai Mara is feeling the pulse of the region. It is quite something to connect with this daily rhythm - mamas beading under the acacia trees in serenity, young students who attend school each morning with a spring in their step and smiles on their faces; the way the community comes to life with each rising sun. Young Massai students leave a lasting impression on all who have the privilege to meet them.
The alumni of "Projet Kenya" is exemplary in walking their talk. Their commitment to making a difference in our world doesn't end when they come home. These students, many of whom are now teachers, choose to impact others locally and internationally. Some are now teaching and working in developing countries. Other alumni members continue to impact the lives of their students in local Canadian classrooms. They are proud to live by the Me to We motto: "Think globally, act locally." They are now preaching what they practiced in Kenya.
The participants of "Projet Kenya" will have earned much more than a degree upon completion of their university program. They will leave Campus Saint-Jean with a life-transforming experience that will forever influence the way they teach and the way they approach their professional lives.
We are so looking forward to becoming a part of that Alumni!
A Small Thought / Un petit mot
Published on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 at 03:42 PM (MST)
Last week, Lucille and I were talking about her past experiences in Kenya and one of her comments really struck a nerve. One of her close friends had told her she was very happy with her life in Kenya, all but for one thing: that her childhood had been taken away from her. The region in which we are going to, the Massai Mara, has a very high percentage of women that get married under the age of 15. This is what happened to her and as a consequence, was forced to grow up at a very young age.
This story is the complete opposite of my own life. I am now in my 19th year of schooling and my childhood would have been very different without it. It is the memories that I have of elementary school that make up much of my childhood. I don’t wish anyone to be denied such a significant part of growing up. This is one of my reasons for going to Kenya: to witness what it is like to be a young girl in a place where education is often out of reach. I want to be able to make my contribution to girls’ education and to understand and form my own opinions about a culture of learning that is different from my own. I am excited to see what I come up with once I am there!
Wow! Hier, on a atteint 30% de notre but monétaire ! Merci à tout le monde pour leurs contributions ! Avec ceci en tête, voici une de mes raisons pour aller au Kenya cet été.
La semaine dernière, Lucille et moi parlions de ses expériences précédentes au Kenya. Elle m’a raconté l’histoire d’une de ses amies, une histoire qui m’a beaucoup marqué. Cette femme lui disait qu’elle a beaucoup aimé vivre au Kenya, sauf pour une chose : qu’elle n’a jamais eu une vraie enfance. Ceci est à cause du fait qu’elle s’est faite marié à un très jeune âge. La région dans laquelle on y a va Kenya, le Massai Mara, est un endroit où le pourcentage de jeunes filles mariées avant l’âge de 15 ans et très élevé.
Cette histoire ne pourrait pas être plus différente que la mienne. Ça fait maintenant 19 ans que je suis à l’école, et sans ces années, mon enfance serait complètement différente. Ce sont mes expériences au primaire qui compose une grande majorité de mes souvenirs d’enfance. Je ne peux pas imaginer ne pas avoir été à l’école et je ne souhaite à aucune fille ces expériences manquées. Voici une de mes raisons pour aller au Kenya : pour comprendre la vie d’une fille qui n’a souvent pas la chance d’aller à l’école à cause de nouvelles responsabilités. Je veux aussi être capable de contribuer à l’éducation des filles et de créer mes propres opinions d’une culture où l’éducation est valorisée différemment qu’au Canada. J’ai hâte à apprendre davantage lorsque je suis au Kenya !!
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