Initiatives





We Walked the Walk!
Vancouver, BC Canada

Several of UFV’s Educator’s Without Borders committee members, along with friends and family members, tightened up their shoe laces and slathered on the sunscreen to “Walk” around Stanley Park on May 31. Why - to help alleviate global poverty.  The 2009 “Walk” began 25 years ago in Vancouver and is now held in 7 cities across Canada. This year the Walk raised almost $5 million. In Vancouver, the “Walk” drew over 10,000 participants. With the generous donations of our family, friends and colleagues we raised over $3000.

To find out more about the “Walk” or to make an online donation, visit www.worldpartnershipwalk.com. To help our UFV team achieve our 2009 fundraising goal of $5000, just click on “Search Participants” and type in “UFV”. Record your donation with any of the “Educators without Borders” listed team members.

WPW donations support the work of the Aga Khan Foundation, a non denominational, international not-for-profit foundation with an outstanding record for their community development work in South and Central Asia and East Africa. Focus is on community-led initiatives in health, education and economic development opportunities for women in rural communities. WPW donations go directly to these programs.
 
We encourage you to join the UFV Educators without Borders at next year’s “World Partnership Walk” 2010. The Walk is always held on the last Sunday in May: Mark your calendars for May 30, 2010 in Stanley Park.

Educators without Borders (EWOB) works to provide teaching and learning opportunities in local and international communities for UFV faculty, staff, students, and our community members. In 2008/09, EWOB hosted 11 speakers in our Speaker Series with subjects ranging from literacy in South Africa to sustainable agriculture in India. We invite you to join us in these discussions throughout the upcoming academic year.

Watch for upcoming Speaker Series dates. If you would like to be a guest speaker or know someone who would be interested please contact: ruby.ord@ufv.ca


Fertile Ground
Digboi, Northwest India

A new resource centre and demonstration garden called Adarsh Seuj Prakalpa, located in a small town in northeast India, has been attracting the attention of farmers, tea growers, educators and students since it opened its doors last year.

Supported by Rotary Clubs from Assam and Canada, Fertile Ground and Indian Oil Corporation Ltd., the centre is locatedon 2 acres of land in Digboi, close to the Assam/Burma border. The project provides information and hands-on training in simple, low-cost practices including composting, crop rotation and use of "teas" made from cow manure, leaves, seeds and roots of local plants. Used in combination with traditional agricultural practices, these techniques are helping growers increase yields, improve soil fertility, and reduce use of hazardous pesticides and fertilizers.


Developing a Child-Friendly Chandigarh
Chandigarh, India

UFV intern Baldeep Toor is in Chandigarh, India working with the Canadian Studies Centre at Panjab University to assist with a project to make Chandigarh (and surrounding areas) more child friendly.

"I am bringing together people from different backgrounds, starting from those who mentioned interest in the follow-up at the conference, to form a working group where they can talk and share any ideas they have for their city.

This working group is to consist of like-minded people who are willing to work on making Chandigarh and surrounding areas more child friendly. I am to discuss the concept plan, prepared by UFV, with the working group members and prepare them for the major follow-up meeting for the month of October."

On October 7, 2008, Baldeep helped to organize a meeting (in conjunction with both the Canadian Studies centre at Panjab University, Chandigarh, and the Indo-Canadian Studies Centre at UFV) entitled:  "Follow-Up Meeting of Child Friendly Cities Conference" (which had originally been conducted February 13, 2008).

Participants from different walks of life including from academics, government, corporate sector, and NGOs took part and raised several vital issues concerning the theme of the meeting.

Prof. Cherie Enns from University of the Fraser Valley travelled to Chandigarh and attended the meeting to share her experiences from other parts of the world.

Projects and ideas discussed in the meeting will be sent to concerned authorities (Municipal Corporation and Chandigarh Administration) in a hope that they take appropriate action. In addition, participants were encouraged to take on child friendly projects to make their community more child friendly.

A further project is to develop a compelling application for the Millennium Development Goals grant available from Shashtri Indo Canadian Institute. This includes collecting backgound information and building partnerships with local NGOs to come up with projects that can be included in the MDG application.


Loving like a big sister in Lima
Lima, Peru

Read an article written about Heather's journey

“I played the role of big sister to many of them. Often they don’t have any adults they trust or people they can turn to. They were able to talk to me, mostly because I am close to their age. They tell me about what happened at home and about their lives on the streets.”

Know someone who could speak at an Educators Without Borders Event?
Contact Ruby Ord at Ruby.Ord@ufv.ca.

 
 
 
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