Sixth Grade Students Visit Heifer International's Global Village
In its mission statement, the IB embraces a vision of educating young people to make the world a better place. The IB learner profile outlines the attributes that enable IB students to engage with this vision, and the IB programmes define the path. In the IB this philosophy is most commonly referred to as international-mindedness.
"The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect" (IB mission statement). An IB education imparts the attitudes and the knowledge that facilitate caring and the skills that enable students to take action towards creating a better and more peaceful world. Educating for global engagement requires a combination of philosophy, pedagogy, content and aspiration: a transformative curriculum that leads students of all ages from learning to caring to action. from "Learners without borders: A curriculum for global citizenship" (2011)
To this end, sixth-grade students participate in a field trip to the Howell Nature Center's Global Village experience, sponsored by Heifer International. During this field trip, students learn about inequities in access to and consumption of natural resources and differences in daily living activities.
Reflection by Ruby Stoller: Heifer International is a globally-minded group of people who believe that the world is a community and that we need to care for and respect others. During this wonderful learning experience I got to soak up so much knowledge about the huge community that we live in. One thing that really interested me was inequality. One thing that really stood out to me was when my tour guide communicated that each person in North America would get about 7 water bottles. In Africa, about 6 people would have to share 1 water bottle. When my group got to go see all of the excellent replicas that people around this world would actually call home, my mind was blown. The people that lived there had to think and be balanced in order for their family to function in such limited access to modern conveniences. When lunch came around I was so hungry. I had an open mind about the food that I cooked. The meal consisted of potatoes, rainbow quinoa with peppers, carrots, and onions and white rice. When it came time to eat the meal I realized that the portions were very small. Once I realized that is what the majority of the world had to eat, I was in awe. Usually if I get packed a main dish and two sides for lunch I get upset because I am worried that it might not be enough to eat. Overall, this was a wonderful learning experience and I would love to return with my family sometime.
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