On Feb 29th 2008 Charline Evans, a teacher from Wales, sets off on a quest to visit and connect 80 schools around the world. Her journey starts in Wales with the first school visit to Coed-y-Lan Primary school in Pontypridd.
Her route takes her across the 7 continents and through over 30 countries to visit a further 78 schools before returning to Wales for the 80th school, Maes-yr-Haul Primary in Bridgend, South Wales.
Each school visited will be producing a film representing their country and culture. All participating schools will be involved in the tracking and submission of environmental data to help create a worldwide picture of sustainable development and global citizenship through schools and education.
Charline’s travels will also be represented through the virtual character “Cyber Charline” with primary and secondary school pupils being able to create their own animated representations of her journey through the Kahootz application.
This amazing project combines the real and virtual worlds and demonstrates how the world can truly join hands through children and young people to create a better future whilst helping to protect our planet along the way.
Check out Charline’s blog: http://www.aroundtheworldin80schools.com/index.php
Worldwide, 776 million people are illiterate. To address this crisis by providing access to a quality education for all children, there is an urgent need to upgrade the crumbling infrastructure of tens of millions of existing classrooms, and build ten million new classrooms. Meeting this challenge represents the largest building project the world has ever undertaken. In response, Orient Global, Architecture for Humanity and a consortium of partners are launching the 2009 Open Architecture Challenge: Classroom, the first large-scale initiative to improve the design of classrooms around the world.
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