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Today, we did some brainstorming and THINKING … and this is what we came up with:
What does Global mean?
- Around the world
- World wide
What is a Citizen?
- A person
What is a GLOBAL Citizen?
- A person in the world
What is GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP?
- A person who is a part of the world and who shares it with everyone else
- A person who is a global change maker
- A person who works toward making the world a better place
There are lots of people who want to make the world a better place by creating organizations to help communities in need all over the globe. The Red Cross is one of those organizations. It has been helping people around the world for about one hundred thirty-nine years. They help by rescuing people, by rebuilding houses after disasters, and by sending food, medicine and blankets.
Justin Lebo is a boy who was ten when he first started building bikes and giving them away to kids who were less fortunate than he was. He would pick up old bikes from garage sales and he would clean them up and rebuild them. He did this all by himself … without an organization … but … his parents helped him, his neighbour shared his story with a newspaper … and then the news spread and the REST of the community started to help by donating their bikes to him!
An association called Free the Children tries to give kids in the world the chance to go to school instead of having to work. We discovered that some children around the world work in factories for hours and hours each day. In some of these factories, the children make rugs by hand. Some of these jobs are VERY dangerous. Did you know that the boy who started the Free the Children organization was only TWELVE years OLD? His name is Craig Kielburger. He started this organization after he had read an article about children who are forced to work instead of going to school.
This makes us think about Peru because the children there don’t HAVE a lot of play time. Not all kids in Q’enqo get to go to school, and even those that do have to come home and work very hard along-side their families. We are lucky because we get to ENJOY being a child where WE live. We only discovered this information about the children in Q’enqo because of a guest speaker. That made us wonder about what ELSE we didn’t know about Q’enqo and its culture. Strangely … THAT’S when Mrs. Renton asked us about …
Icebergs … this is what we know:
- Destroy things like the Titanic
- You can find them in the northern and southern parts of the world
- Break off and make smaller ones
- 70 % of them is … UNDER water …. THANK you, Damian, for this … PERFECT fact! THAT means that MOST of an ice berg is BELOW the water.
Mrs. Renton talked to us about a CULTURAL iceberg next … we KNEW she was going SOMEWHERE with this chat … we just DIDN’T know WHERE!!! We discovered that a CULTURAL ICEBERG is kind of like a REGULAR iceberg because 70 % of the Q’enqo culture we DON’T KNOW! Think about all of the “unknown” stuff as … under the sea … like a REAL iceberg. So … we know about their language, food, dances, music, traditional clothing and celebrations and such. All of this is the 30 % of the iceberg that we CAN see about a culture. Ashli and Geneva are helping us to learn about the stuff that we CAN’T learn in a text book … the stuff BELOW the surface.
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
~ Chinese Proverb
That quote means that if you do something kind for someone … you have to do the WHOLE package … the EXTRA work … to teach them HOW to do it so that they can be independent. We gave the community of Q’enqo a library and books, which was like giving them a “fish” … and we learned that books are a part of OUR everyday lives in OUR culture … but … not so much in THEIRS. Now, we need to teach the community how to USE the library and the new books … like the saying “teaching them how to FISH” … showing them HOW to sign the books out and enjoy them … like WE do!
Our work with Mosqoy and the Battalion Library Project has taken us BELOW the surface of the iceberg and we have learned SO much MORE than we EVER would have if we weren’t using Skype to learn from the experts working in Peru. We have learned that, although we LOVE books … the Q’enqo community hasn’t had them in their cultural experiences like we have. Many of the parents in Q’enqo DON’T know how to read. Books are very expensive in Q’enqo … these could be part of the reason they don’t want to ruin the books. Their stories have been passed down by mouth for generations. We have discovered that they love stories just as much as us … but … not in the same way. Our job will be to share our love of books as a COMPLIMENT to the way they have ALWAYS shared their stories.
We have learned that we are all citizens of the world. That means we all SHARE the world no matter WHERE we live. We are learning how to be GLOBAL citizens by working with Mosqoy and Q’ente … to build a BETTER world … even though we live on a different continent than the children in Q’enqo! We hope that once the children in the community begin to use the books they MAY even help their PARENTS learn to read!
To help us learn MORE about the Peruvian Culture … the stuff BELOW the surface … we are going to find out more about:
- What is important to the people of Q’enqo … learning? Friendships? Families … values and beliefs?
- The nature of their friendships … how they make friends and what is important in a friendship?
- Do you have any OTHER ideas for us to get BELOW the surface of the Cultural iceberg?
- Do you know of any OTHER stories about Change Makers who are CHILDREN?