I hope this message finds you well. As you know, the war in Ukraine is still raging. However, with the west remaining calm (which is where our colleagues live and work), we are proceeding with launching a new virtual program with our faculty contacts there. Greenworks is an environmental education and impact program we have been successfully running in Indonesia for the past couple of years. In this program, students learn how to design, implement, and evaluate their own small-scale projects that address an environmental issue they have identified in their community. We are completing the pilot run of a "project/mission development" curriculum in Brazil at the moment and will be integrating an updated version of this curriculum with the community projects in a pilot run in Ukraine in a few weeks. Our goal is to develop an exchange network between students and teachers in Ukraine, Indonesia, Brazil, and the US to create grassroots change on urgent environmental issues. This is the first step.
In addition to providing students with an active learning curriculum and funding to implement their projects, we will also be training teachers in classroom approaches to help manage and support this active learning curriculum. Part of classroom modernization is improving how teachers teach. So while our ability to operate in Ukraine is limited, we can still help improve teaching approaches while we await our in-person return.
I hope you are well. Our colleagues in Ukraine are currently safe, but many of them have fled Ukraine and are scattered throughout Europe. This has made it difficult to work on projects like Greenworks at the moment. We are in frequent communication with our colleagues to understand how we can better support them in this dire hour. In the meantime, we are working to repurpose other endeavors we are working on, such as the Amazon River school project and Agavi, to help address the education needs of Ukrainian teachers and students.
Please keep Ukraine and its struggle against oppression and barbarism in your thoughts and maintain pressure on your local and national governments to keep the light of freedom from getting snuffed out.
I wanted to pass along a quick update on our work in Ukraine. I have been in contact with our colleagues at Lviv Polytechnic and the University of Lviv, who remain safe. Our work is in Lviv, which is in far western Ukraine and thus far mostly shielded from the unjustifiable violence that has been inflicted on Ukraine. We will continue to keep track of the situation and make necessary adjustments to our work. The work on developing the Agavi learning system is remote and global and will continue regardless. The curriculum development and teacher traing work with our faculty colleagues is likewise remote and we will make adjustments based on their needs in the coming weeks and months.
Project reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.
If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you can recieve an email when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports without donating.
Give the gift of stability in a time of instability. Set up an automatic, monthly gift now and get matched at 100%—because the COVID-19 pandemic has hurt us all, and it will take all of us to overcome it. Terms and conditions apply.
Monthly giving is as easy, safe, and as inexpensive as a Netflix subscription. Start a monthly donation to Science Voices today and get matched at 100%. Terms and conditions apply.