We need your financial support to continue This Is Ours, an innovative and timely visual literacy program that enables children to connect with and share their knowledge of their environment in an authentic and engaging manner. This Is Ours: Ngare Ndare is an exciting curriculum that will provide the rural Maasai community of Ngare Ndare, Kenya with an educational experience that allows students to tell stories of their people and lands, research their history, and ultimately communicate with the world at large through the publication of their book and exhibition of their photographs.
This March, our team of educators from the US and Kenya will work with students of the Maasai community at the Ngare Ndare Secondary School, Kenya. This Is Ours fosters global citizenship through visual storytelling, cultivates interdisciplinary tools, strengthens communication skills and provides tangible proof to the students and community that they can have a voice and that their words and images can have an impact throughout the world.
This Is Ours has already had proven success. Last year, a This Is Ours book was created by students from Leparua Primary School in Kenya and received huge support from the teachers and the local community. Salumet Kitonga, the school principal, spoke of the “golden opportunity ” that his students were given to broaden their way of thinking and become a part of the global village. He emphasized the multiple benefits of This Is Ours, including increased motivation, collaboration and confidence, deeper understanding of their local community and environment, enhanced literacy skills, opportunities for faculty development, and student empowerment. His belief that the program also encourages student participants “to embrace change” and stay current with global dialogue so as to not be left behind, propelled us to continue its work.
Students at Ngare Ndare will reflect, discuss, write, draw, and photograph about the effects of climate change in their rural Maasai community in Laikipia from personal perspective and oral history. Every word, every photograph and every drawing in this book will be created by the students in the program. Your participation in our Kickstarter campaign will allow us to teach these high school students invaluable 21st century skills as they negotiate the production of their collective book and set up their upcoming photography exhibit this at the Calumet Photographic Incorporation’s Gallery in Manhattan this coming May of 2014. As This is Ours gains momentum, we see increasing possibilities in helping students cultivate their global competency skills and share ideas on conservation and sustainability. Promote global learning, visual literacy and understanding by donating to This Is Ours: Ngare Ndare in March of 2014.
Here's what it looks like on the ground - This Is Ours: Leparua
*** A note about the rewards: The images you will be receiving will be created by the Ngare Ndare students during our March programming. Let the following selection of images from Leparua Primary School serve as placeholders.
Risks and challenges
Since the majority of the artistic work will be created and completed on Kenyan soil, our biggest challenge will be raising enough capital to print and ship copies of the book for distribution. This Is Ours aims to be a truly global project, and this will occur via sharing the book with as many children and communities across the world. An associated risk is that we will not be able to extend this project as far as we envision. We have carefully budgeted for as wide a distribution as possible, however if we are unable to extend this project to the extent that we envision at this stage, we are still confident that This Is Ours will continue to develop and grow anyways, just maybe not as quickly as we might like as if we were fully funded and more.
Further risks and challenges could arise in the production of this book however this is not our first project. We have already completed one previous This Is Ours book which enables us to use that as a pilot project. We have therefore been able to anticipate any further delays and ensure that This Is Ours: Ngare Ndare will be an overwhelming success, just like This is Ours: Leparua has been!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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