We were able to launch the NIGHTZOOKEEPER project in Ghana but need additional funding for their WIFI Access.
The kids are beginners in the use of computers and we feel it is a human right to be able to have access to the internet.
We have never been to Ghana but Ghana was brought to us online by their creative teacher who went viral with a photo of him showing the kids WINDOWS software on the chalkboard.
We would like for this teacher to be able to join us in October in Greece at the PPLG.
The first Play, Perform, Learn, Grow (PPLG) conference took place in Thessaloniki, Greece in April 2018 in response to the refugee crisis. It brought together 130 people from 30 countries, mostly, but not exclusively from Europe, who are using play and performance to engage social issues, heal trauma, stimulate imagination and possibility, generate community, and build bridges.
Today people from diverse cultures, histories, backgrounds, religions and ideologies are living together in Europe. How do we respond—creatively, collaboratively, playfully, performatorily—to this diversity and to the many other concerns arising in this historical moment? How do we go beyond analysis, critique, and advocacy to collectively (re)creating our daily lives, our relationships, and our pedagogical, educational and political assumptions and practices?
PPLG ignited among its participants and their communities a collective movement, nourishing homegrown initiatives and creating new spaces of belonging across borders and cultures. Responding to this movement and the current historical moment in Europe and the world, we are announcing: Play, Perform, Learn, Grow 2019 Bridging Communities, Practices and the World.
Play, Perform, Learn, Grow (PPLG) 2019 is co-organized by East Side Institute, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Lesvos Solidarity and Epineio Institute. PPLG will bring together educators and researchers, therapists, social scientists, artists, psychologists and movement practitioners, social and youth workers, performance activists and community organizers – refugees, migrants and locals, and all others who are seeking new, and often performatory, ways to address the pain, alienation, and violence of our times. PPLG will also focus on the exploration of methodologies that support educational, therapeutic, academic, artistic and community initiatives to discover dialectics in between polarities, capture complexities, articulate and perform new kinds of relationships.
We invite you to co-create conversations and methods to bridge our communities, practices and the world.
We set up the internet connection for the school. The children are slowly but surely setting up their NightZooKeeper accounts.
Message from their instructor Richard
"We sincerely need your support for the payment of our WiFi. The students are really eager to go on the internet to learn how to write with night zookeeper and search for other information about the world. Support us by donating to go fund me to bring the world closer to these future generations. God bless you all. Thank you."
We have also visited the Ambassador of Ghana to Japan to discuss ideas on how to get satelittle signal to the country for this and other schools to have access to wifi.
We are still in the progress of setting in up in Ghana. We have listed and set up all the students names in NightZooKeeper. We have not met our initial goal of $700 USD for the set up of the Wifi though the computers are in place and ready to be connected. Looking towards the new year for more funds to be able to set up and sustain the wifi billing of $500 per month.
We have sent initial funds and a smartphone to help the teacher be online more easily.
Our goal is to have the students do assignments three times a week and eventually be able to connect with the kids living in Japan to share culture and language.
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