Global Citizenship Partnership between U.S. Schools and Rwandan Schools
A Learn and Serve Model
The learning and service component of REAP enables American elementary and high school students to connect with the Duha students. This model provides students in America and in Rwanda to make the connection between learning and serving. The learn and serve model motivates students to master and understand their academic experiences as they perceive how these lessons can apply to their life experiences. Many of the partner schools in the United States have made a sustained effort to maintain their involvement over the course of several years. The following projects reflect the learn and service model:
- Hackley Lower School students conducted a 'read-a-thon' to promote and celebrate 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 is creating a game project with their freshman class. These students are developing a series of games with instructions, which they will share with the Duha students. Duha students will then reciprocate 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 are working on raising money for a basketball court to be built at the Duha School.
- REAP is collaborating with the Facing History High School in New York City to develop a learning project with Duha students to foster critical-thinking skills and global citizenship.
- 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.