Global Citizenship Partnership between U.S. Schools and Rwandan Students
Service Learning Component
The service learning component of REAP enables American elementary and high school students to connect with the Duha students. This approach allows students in America and in Rwanda to build a bridge between two different cultures, and to bring alive their common humanity . Service learning enlarges a student's perspective on their own life through understanding another culture. In addition, by committing to an action, a student gets to experience the difference they can make in someone else's life as well as their own.
The following projects reflect our service learning:
- Hackley Lower School students conducted a 'read-a-thon' to promote and celebrated a love of reading in order to raise money for new books as well as support the Saturday Reading Program. Students, under the leadership of the art teacher and kindergarten teacher, made and sold ceramic bowls in a project called, "Bowling for Rwanda."
- Windward Lower School students raised money through "Jumping Jacks for REAP" to purchase quality feed for the dairy farm, maintain the health of two calves, support the purchase of culturally relevant books, and purchase necessary school supplies. Windward students also organized a competition to name our most highly prized cow. They settled on Oreo.
- White Plains High School Human Rights students raised money for a sustainable farming project in Rwanda called "Mango for Hope Project."
- White Plains High School Human Rights students, through the "Moo Project" raised money to purchase cows for the Duha Complex School.
- Master's School created a game project with their freshman class. These students developed a series of games with instructions, which they shared with the Duha students. Duha students reciprocated by sharing Rwandan games with the Master's students.
- White Plains High School ESL students are writing letters to the Duha students who participate in the Saturday School Program.
- John Jay students worked on raising money for a basketball court to be built at the Duha School.
- Ed Ballen and Susan Altman presented to social studies teachers at the Westchester Holocaust Student Conference. This was an opportunity for these teachers to learn about REAP and to encourage them to consider a 'learn and serve' component for their classes.
- The girl scout troop of Leman Manhattan Preparatory School designed a picture book about New York, which was given to the Girl Guides troop at Duha. In additon, the girl scouts of Leman raised money for the Girl Guides troop in Rwanda. The Duha girls used this donated money to buy piglets to raise and later sell. This income will help the girls buy school supplies as well as food for their families. The Duha girls also drew pictures of their life in Rwanda, which were shared with the Leman girl scouts in America.