UNITE joins together students and teachers from schools in Uganda and North Carolina to create partnerships that advance conservation education.
UNITE brings outstanding educators together to share teaching methods and develop environmental curriculum, encourage cooperation and mutual learning and foster appreciation for different cultures. Students from NC and Uganda learn about each other’s lives and natural environments - promoting good stewardship of the earth.
UNITE motivates teachers and inspires students to think globally and act responsibly. It brings the joy and rewards that come from personal connections across cultures.
- Training to improve teachers’ abilities to facilitate student-centered, cross-curricular investigations relative to conservation education.
- Assistance to Ugandan schools, which have few resources, to acquire basic learning materials and improve facilities.
- Cooperative UNITE workshops offering training to improve conservation education in Uganda and North Carolina.
- NC & Ugandan teachers opportunities to develop & facilitate environmental curriculum that meets the standard course of study.
- Access to resources to enhance school gardens or wildlife attraction areas.
- Teacher exchange opportunities.
- Opportunities for NC families to host Ugandan visitors
- Limited student internships
- Donations of technological tools: AlphaSmarts, Apple computers, solar calculators, etc.
Who can Participate in the International Exchange Component?The UNITE Project benefits greatly from building teams of energetic, creative teachers from diverse backgrounds and a range of grade levels. Preference is given to educators with strong administrative, school-wide and community support. Strengths in leadership, teamwork and adaptability are essential.
What are Participants Required to Do?Teacher participants are expected to:
- Attend all pre and post Uganda trip planning and curriculum development meetings
- Assist with facilitation of UNITE workshop in Uganda
- Develop, implement and evaluate UNITE environmental curriculum, including student-centered, cross-curricular projects, within their classrooms, grade levels and throughout their schools, as feasible.
- Use the "Field Trip Earth" website www.fieldtripearth.org as a curricular resource.
- Establish on-going communication between their school and a Ugandan school to facilitate student motivation to learn and care about each others cultures, environments and lives.
- Share information about UNITE from a personal perspective with others in their school systems, communities and at professional conferences.
- Serve as mentors to other educators.
- Participate in fund-raising to assist Ugandan schools with acquiring basic learning materials and improvement of facilities.
Questions About the Project?Contact Sherry Adams: use this form or call 336-879-7717.
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