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!
Making a Difference / Faire une différence
Published on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 at 09:32 PM (MST)
Being part of this team, creates a sense of family and of community. This is one of the things that we hope will "rub off" in our classrooms and in our personal and professional communities when we return to Canada. We are privileged to have the opportunity to experience the rich culture of Kenya and to be part of something greater than ourselves.
Thank you for your continued support throughout our journey. Every donation will bring us closer to our final goal of $7,000. Only three days left in our campaign! Thank you! Asante Sana!
Jacqueline Skytt, une éducatrice de Alberta Teachers' Association affirme que "l'éducation globale contribue à bâtir des citoyens responsables et développe un sens d'altruisme qui est reflété dans leur vie de tous les jours. Les étudiants apprennent que le service à la communauté construit une société forte. Les étudiants se rendent aussi compte que c'est en passant à l'action que l'on peut faire une différence dans le monde."
Faire partie de ce groupe, crée un sentiment de famille et de communauté. Ceci est une des choses qu'on espère sera réinvestie dans nos salles de classe et dans nos communautés professionnelles. Nous somme privilégiés d'avoir l'opportunité de pouvoir s'immerser dans cette culture riche et diverse et de participer à quelque chose qui est plus grand que nous-mêmes.
Merci pour votre soutien continu durant notre expérience jusqu'à date. Tous les dons sont appréciés! Avec votre générosité, nous osons espérer atteindre notre nouveau but de 7000$. Vous avez encore 3 jours pour nous appuyer! Merci! Asante Sana!
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Fun and Games
This gift will provide children in Kenya with soccer balls and other recreational equipment.
Tools to Learn
This gift will provide resources for classrooms in Kenya such as paper, pencils and markers.
Health and Security
This gift will support the cost of Flying Doctor's insurance for one Campus Saint-Jean (UofA) student, to ensure all participants will be assisted in case of illness.
One Day in Kenya
This gift covers the cost of a day in Kenya for one person including meals and lodging.
This gift will support the salary of Kenyan drivers as well as the maintenance of vehicles. The cohort of students travel 4 - 5 hours from Nairobi to get to the Massai Mara.
The Perfect Hosts
This gift will pay the salaries of the Support Staff at camp who work hard to provide meals, security and maintenance.
A Legacy for Future Generations
This gift will help cover the cost of materials such as concrete, sand and gravel, needed to build a classroom which will provide education for 30-52 students.
This gift will help cover the cost of one Campus Saint-Jean (UofA) student's flight.