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Sunday, February 6, 2011

World Vision education resources

From our mail box:


My name is Don Benn and I am a Schools Relationship Coordinator with World Vision. In addition to schools we also try to engage with students in various other groups -- including churches, non-church groups, and home school groups. I have personally connected with a couple of home school groups in the last year and thought it would be good to approach you regarding our resources. I wonder if it would be appropriate for you to make these resources known to those involved in Home Schooling in New Zealand.

I have outlined below, with a brief detail, some of the resources we offer. If you would like more informa-tion on them please reply and I would love to follow up on them.

1.*GLC*(Global Leadership Convention). This is a student leader (Year 11-13) leadership training day aimed at empowering and inspiring young leaders who are hungry to influence their world. They are en-couraged to think globally and are equipped with practical leadership skills.

2.*40 Hour Famine*. This is a practical way for students to act on global issues. They are part of a national fundraiser which last year raised over $2.4 million, involving over 120,000 people in New Zealand. It is also something which can be incorporated into learning as a practical component of a unit relating to food and hunger -- for example.

3.*Education Resources*. World Vision has education writers who produce resources (resource folders, DVD's, posters, textbooks, worksheets, simulation games) on issues like water, food, child labour, HIV & AIDS, Disasters, Conflict, and various case studies. These resources can be found no our website (http://www.worldvision.org.nz/education/default.aspx). In addition we have Schools Relationship Coordinators based in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch who are more than willing to show you samples of those resources.

4.*Smiles*. Smiles is a catalogue of gifts that can be purchased for people in poorer nations. It ranges from $5 items up to $1300, and covers gifts relating to water, food, shelter, hygiene, education. It is a great practical way to finish a unit of work which relates to one of these topics. Learning about a topic is great, and the opportunity for students to feel like they have been able to do something about what they have learned is like icing on the cake.

I would love to hear from you and see how World Vision can complement the learning already being done in home school groups around New Zealand.

*Donald Benn*

Schools Relationship Coordinator
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