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S4S Ambassador Committee at Capital City PCS

Ms. Rosenberger and her students at Capital City PCS are hard at work! Just this month, she and 15 students formed the Sports for Sharing Ambassadors Committee. This group of committed first through fourth graders are embarking on a mission to spread what they are learning in Sports for Sharing. Each Wednesday they meet during the school’s Service Time. After their first meeting and much brainstorming, the students decided for an upcoming mdg6ccWednesday All School Meeting, WASM, they are going to film and interview teachers and staff to get an idea of what members of the Capital City community know about Sports for Sharing and the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Last week, small teams of students took to the halls of Capital City to film the interviews and back in the classroom, the Drawing Team began the process of making posters of the eight MDGs. And if I might add, we have some artists on hand!

Be on the look out for updates from the Ambassadors Committee on their presentation at WASM and as they work to spread S4S throughout Capital City and beyond!

Thoughts from our Curriculum Development Volunteer Maria!

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My name is María and I work as a volunteer with S4S. I came from Spain to spend three months in DC and, being a teacher, I wanted to find something that could help me grow professionally besides enjoying the great city. In my search for an interesting creative project related to education in values, I discovered S4S and coincidentally they were looking for a person to help develop the project into the arts field. The connection was perfect from the beginning and I had the feeling that working with S4S could bring lots of interesting things ahead.

I started by learning more about the work of S4S and I soon fell in love with it. Bringing world issues to school kids, speaking about goals and challenges that our planet is facing and helping them become ambassadors of their communities and build a better world were amazing things to accomplish.

After two weeks of readings and meetings with the S4S staff, I started developing activities related to music and we began visiting schools where the project was being implemented, collaborating in the teachers’ training and in the sessions with the kids’ families.

I love the creative part of every project. In this one, I started developing music-related activities, linking the UN MDGs (Millenium Development Goals) with the imaginary trip that students take as part of the S4S program. In this role, I had to do research on the country’s music and culture and then create music activities that help understand the issue treated and raise awareness about it.

In the school visits, I helped the S4S girls in the project implementation as well as in the development of the music activities. It is really interesting to see how kids understand and begin to become leaders of this project. Besides, another great positive experience has been to meet the teachers and to see how involved they are in the project, something not easy at all given the little time they have.

After this experience with S4S, I can say that I truly admire the conviction of the school principals in the tremendous educational impact of the project as well as the involvement of the teachers in the schools we worked with.

I admire the interest and effort that S4S and the schools have shown in transcending the project to all the subjects and learning moments possible (recess, library, after-school program, art class, music class….).

I admire the flexibility and persistence of the S4S staff in adapting the project to the circumstances of each school (subjects, timing, scheduling, etc) and also the professionalism in their relationship with the stakeholders (children, teachers, principals and parents).

I feel fortunate to have been a part of such a powerful educational project. I will return to Spain at the end of the month, but I will continue being part of the S4S family and will act as an ambassador of the project anywhere I go. I am very glad to have grown professionally with S4S during my stay in the US and I could not have found a better place!! Thanks to all the school principals and teachers at Bancroft, Adams-Morgan, Marie-Reed and Capitol City for sharing your knowledge and passion and thanks S4S for EVERYTHING!!

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World Economic Forum on Latin America 2013

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The World Economic Forum (WEF), a Swiss-based nonprofit,  has just wrapped up the World Economic Forum on Latin America 2013 in Lima, Peru. Originally a gathering of European business leaders in the 1970s to exchange business ideas to match their U.S. counterparts, the WEF has morphed into a much broader collection of leaders and ideas geared towards the improvement of the world community. In its 42-year history, the organization has expanded to encompass figures from business, politics, entrepreneurs, and other leaders of society. These leaders discuss topics to shape global, regional and industry agendas in the effort to “improve the state of the world.”

Most widely known for its annual meeting at the Davos-Klosters Swiss Alpine ski resort where big names and global leaders gather, The Forum has branched off to include six to eight regional forums each year. The World Economic Forum on Latin America was April 23-25th, and was the 8th such forum in Latin America. The Latin American Forum articulated a bevy of ideas and hosted over 650 participants to discuss the region’s dynamic development and maintaining its growth trajectory.  Sports for Sharing’s very own Dina Buchbinder Auron was one of these participants on behalf of S4S and its parent organization, Deport-es Para Compartir!

Under the theme, “Delivering Growth, Strengthening Societies”  some of the main talking points included fostering strong partnerships to consolidate the modernization of Latin America’s economies and institutions, innovations to create a more inclusive society, and building resilience towards a continued path of sustainable development. The emphasis on inclusivity and consolidation across institutions pertains especially to Latin America’s burgeoning middle class. With over 70 million people having moved out of poverty in Latin America over the past decade, the needs of the developing population and the expectations of their governments/institutions have grown considerably. The onus is on these institutions, both public and private, to grow alongside the population, working together to provide “buoyant economics, improved government institutions, responsive businesses and environmental protection.” Otherwise the new demands  will overwhelm these institutions. The growth of the middle class will become unsustainable and lead to stagnation.

Although the World Economic Forum on Latin America 2013 is now closed, audio, video, blogs, and other forms of media have been uploaded onto the WEF website, which you can access here. These resources cover all the events, topics discussed, and partners who attended the regional gathering. You can look over some of the commentaries and share them with others as a way to increase awareness. While the discussions of this regional meeting are localized to Latin America, it is important to recognize that these events send a positive message as they are happening all over the world, and that we must engage ourselves to improve the state of the increasingly global community.

(Source: Thomas Steinmetz)
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