Global Updates From World View
Service Learning and Giving for Global Education
Onslow County Students are Changing the World, One Bed Net at a Time
Richlands Primary School second grade teacher Gena Misciagno and her students are helping to make the world a better and safer place for families in Africa. Together they are raising money for Nothing But Nets, an organization working to reduce malaria-related deaths. For only $10, a bed net with protection from the malaria-carrying mosquitoes, can be purchased and distributed to a family, community, or village in need and can last for up to four years. To read more and see additional photographs click here.
“My students are very excited about this and feel good about becoming global citizens. I know this will be a very rewarding and meaningful experience."
Send a net. Save a life. Together we can cover this continent.
Ms. Misciagno's students at Richlands Primary School.
Service-learning is just one component of making global education successful and provides a meaningful educational experience. This type of experience also lets students develop new skills and explore career options. If service learning is not an option, consider a short-term project or fundraising campaign to support an international charity. As the holiday season is upon us, you and your students may be thinking of ways to reach out to those who are less fortunate. If you don't have time before the holidays, consider it a New Year's resolution to start a classroom project to help others and take advantage of this opportunity to help teach your students about global issues and regions. Included in this Update are a few organizations and programs that offer ways for students to actively engage in supporting a cause, either through a service-learning project, fundraising experience, or public service campaign.
African Library Project
The African Library Project offers a hands-on activity for students to learn about Africa while contributing to African literacy. U.S. schools run book drives for gently used, unwanted books to meet the specific needs of a school in sub-Saharan Africa. The African Library Project partners with Peace Corps Volunteers and African nationals who provide the space, shelving, staffing, training, and community support for a library. www.africanlibraryproject.org
Books for Africa
Books for Africa is an organization that collects textbooks and distributes them throughout Africa to schoolchildren who are anxious to learn and do not have the necessary tools. They receive books that are donated by publishers, individuals, libraries and schools and send enough of the same book for an entire African classroom. Since 1988, Books for Africa has shipped over 20 million books to 44 countries. www.booksforafrica.org/index.html
Corporation for National and Community Service
The Corporation for National and Community Service supports the American culture of citizenship, service and responsibility. The Corporation is the nation’s largest grantmaker supporting service and volunteering. www.nationalservice.org/
Feed the Children
Feed the Children has many campaigns to raise money for children worldwide. Visit www.feedthechildren.org for project and fundraising ideas.
Heifer International is an organization that allows a classroom to purchase livestock or other value-providing animals for a needy community on the other side of the world. There are gift options ranging from a flock of chicks to llamas to water buffalos, each of which provide a community with renewable sources of food or clothing or farming help. The animals that classrooms purchase help communities all over the globe who are facing hunger and poverty. The “Chores for Change” program of Heifer International is a volunteer service program for youth. www.heifer.org
Hosting an Oxfam hunger banquet at your school will give students a first-hand experience to witness inequalities in income distribution and wealth in the world. Hunger banquet guests are assigned varying roles, which represent different levels of income worldwide. The assigned role determines how much food is given at the dinner. Students will see that not all are equal and many people living in poverty will go hungry. For tips on organizing your own Hunger Banquet go to: www.hungerbanquet.org
Learn and Serve America
Learn and Serve is a federal grants program supporting service-learning programs in schools and community organizations. The website provides background information on service-learning, in addition to project ideas, resources for sources of funding, tool kits, lesson plans and syllabi. The organization can provide direct and indirect support to K-12 schools and higher education institutions to facilitate service learning projects. www.servicelearning.org
Learn and Serve K-12 North Carolina
Developed by the NC Department of Public Instruction, this site gives more information about service-learning in North Carolina including what it is, why do it, and how to start a program. NCDPI administers the federal grant from Learn and Serve America. www.ncpublicschools.org/servicelearning
Learning to Give
Learning to give is a non-profit organization that works to educate youth about philanthropy, the nonprofit and volunteer sector, and the importance of giving their time, talent and treasure for the common good. This site provides curriculum resources for teachers who are engaging students in philanthropy. www.learningtogive.org
Malaria No More
Malaria No More is a non-profit, non-governmental organization with a mission to reduce deaths due to malaria. The site provides ideas for fundraising and engaging students and the community. www.malarianomore.org
National Service-Learning Partnership
This is a national organization dedicated to the promotion of service-learning as a core element of the K-12 curriculum. The site has many resources for getting connected to a service-learning project. www.service-learningpartnership.org
National Youth Leadership Council
NYLC has led a movement linking youths, educators, and communities to redefine the roles of young people in society. The newly released K-12 Service-Learning Standards for Quality Practice helps identify best practices for service-learning. www.nylc.org
Nothing But Nets
Nothing But Nets is a grassroots campaign to save lives by preventing malaria, a leading killer of children in Africa. The Nothing But Nets campaign challenges all of us to raise $10 in order to provide a bed net for a family in Africa. (See what one school in Onslow County is doing to save lives in Africa!) www.nothingbutnets.net/
Pennies for Peace
Pennies for Peace, a program of the Central Asia Institute, helps classrooms collect pennies to aid people from other countries, while also introducing students to people and places from around the world. The website offers ideas on how to get children involved, how to teach them about the importance of these small donations, and how their money might help people on the other side of the world. penniesforpeace.org
Plant for the Planet
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) launched a worldwide tree planting campaign. Under the Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign, individuals, communities, business and industry, civil society organizations and governments are encouraged to enter tree planting pledges on this website with the objective of planting at least 7 billion trees worldwide before the end of 2009. www.unep.org/billiontreecampaign/index.asp
Roots & Shoots
Roots & Shoots, a program of the Jane Goodall Institute, is a youth-driven, global network of thousands of youth in almost 100 countries. Together, youth of all ages are taking action to improve our world through service learning projects that promote care and concern for animals, the environment, and the human community. www.rootsandshoots.org
Students in Service to America
A Guidebook for Engaging America’s Students in a Lifelong Habit of Service
The materials on this site can help you plan student service opportunities to engage youth. Students in Service to America’s goal is for young people to learn about the rich democratic traditions in America, to help meet important community needs, and to become responsible and engaged citizens. www.studentsinservicetoamerica.org
Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF
Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF invites children to add meaning to their Halloween celebrations by fundraising for UNICEF. The Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF program has raised millions of dollars since the campaign began in 1950. Present in 155 countries and territories, UNICEF delivers clean water, food, vaccines, school supplies and emergency relief to children in need. youth.unicefusa.org/
Onslow County Students are Changing the World, One Bed Net at a Time
Richlands Primary School second grade teacher Gena Misciagno and her students are helping to make the world a better and safer place for families in Africa. Together they are raising money for Nothing But Nets, an organization working to reduce malaria-related deaths. For only $10, a bed net with protection from the malaria-carrying mosquitoes, can be purchased and distributed to a family, community, or village in need and can last for up to four years. Ms. Misciagno and her students started a classroom project called “Nickels for Nets” to help contribute to this international campaign. Not only has Ms. Misciagno raised money, she also has taken this opportunity to teach her students about the people and cultures in many African countries and about Malaria and its impact. Ms. Misciagno has developed curriculum for her classroom, as well as for art and music classes that meet the NC’s Standard Course of Study. While teaching global awareness, Ms. Misciagno is giving students a chance to become active global citizens. World View applauds Ms. Misciagno and the students of Richlands Primary School!
Richlands Primary School Students putting money in "Nickels for Nets" donation box
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“I truly believe that if every classroom could donate just $10, we could really make a difference for those families who suffer from Malaria. It is so inexpensive and so easy to become involved.” (G. Misciagno)