Sorry this post is a little late! With xmas coming up it’s been a little hard to find a moment to update the SCOOP website.
The other week Jodi and I were very excited to be invited to present a talk at Chrysalis Montessori School. The students at Chrysalis have been studying global issues and topics such as poverty, global development and international NGOs. I was very impressed that these amazing 9-12 year olds knew who Malala Yousafzai is and didn’t need me to explain what an NGO is. Most adults I know don’t even know what NGO stands for!
The teacher had heard about our upcoming Art Exhibition and thought is was a great opportunity for the kids to meet a locally run NGO. They of course know all about the large NGOs – World Vision, OXFAM etc, so it was great to be able to talk to them about what we’re doing on a smaller scale.
The talk was meant to only go for an hour but we ended up taking up their whole afternoon. Jodi had the kids engaged talking to them about the Jeevan School, the slums of Varanasi and the caste system. Knowing that it was going to be hard to keep a class engaged for so long we decided we needed a game to break up the talk. So we came up with a caste system where Jodi explained the Indian caste system game and each child was allocated a caste. I think this was what really had them interested, growing up in Australia it can be hard to imagine that who your family is determines what you will do for the rest of life.
I’ve since heard some great feedback from the parents of the kids from the last. Turns out many kids have been talking to their parents about SCOOP!
This was such a great experience and it reinforces the value in talking to schools and getting kids engaged.
Hope to see all the kids present art at the Art Exhibition next year!
If your school is interested in SCOOP presenting a talk send us email 🙂