This year my resolution is to help the school in a small village in Zimbabwe. A friend of mine from ETAS began a project to train teachers of the Matopo primary school and collect materials for this poor school. I was so moved by her dedication that I couldn’t help but want to contribute. The first contribution was the opening of the Matopo primary school blog. For every time this site is looked at, money from the advertisements will be sent to an account and then to the school.
However, this seems like dishearteningly little compared to the need of the children. Therefore, I would like to get teachers using this project as a chance to offer their students a real purpose for using English, and at the same time collect materials for Matopo (see also etasblog). I think that much could be done for the needy in the world, and isn’t this also a way to be social?
It is clear to me that many other places in the world are in similar situations, and perhaps you, treasured reader, happen to know of such a project. Then I’d like to encourage you to start a similar project. In k-12 classes pupils learn about basic needs, other parts of the world and ethics. They see that the language they are learning can be put to use for a purpose, making the language come to life. At the same time another group of learners profit from basic school materials which they would otherwise have to do without. Paper, pencils, erasers, markers, pens, small blackboards, chalk. But if you look even further, then the vision grows as money is collected for laptops. Social awareness is not just a word. It is an action. I hope this post will inspire others of you to take part in a worthy cause, where ever you are.