Money is a wonderful way to help from a distance but not the only method. Another way our society can help is to educate. That is a strength of the Globaloria program: using socially responsible games to enlighten and inspire.
Ayiti: The Cost of Life, supported in part by UNICEF. This game is set in the rural regions of Haiti and shows just how hard life is in that country even prior to the earthquake. Playing this game has put Haiti's tragic current events in context for myself and my students.First-year teachers: as your classes come to the "Playing to Learn" unit, direct your students to try playing Ayiti. It will help connect our use of the term social-issue game with an actual social issue that they are all aware of today. Experienced teachers: you can offer playing this game as a suggestion for students who have completed their work for the day.
Please encourage your students to visit the following organizations:
Save the Children
Help Haiti Now
Famine Relief Foundation
Doctors Without Borders
Even though this is a terrible disaster with massive damages and loss of life, it is a perfect example of how people from around the world can come together to make a difference.
Let's help our students understand their place in the world and think critically about how they might assume responsibilities as Global Citizens.
Until next time, the soap box is yours.
images courtesy U.S. Armed Forces and are part of the public domain