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This blog post is sponsored by NIVEA Canada. NIVEA believes that every child deserves the best care. With this in mind, NIVEA Canada is proud to partner with the child rights and international aid agency, Plan Canada, to help fund an education project in Senegal, West Africa. With the shared goal of building schools, providing better opportunities for education and teaching essential skills, NIVEA Canada and Plan Canada are working together to help break the cycle of poverty. To learn more, you can also visit Facebook.com/NIVEACanada and click on the ‘NIVEA & Plan Canada’ tab.
A group of young children in costumes chant, “double, double, toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble”, while another group practices math facts by playing cribbage and still others are engaged in creative art projects or are reading silently.
This is a snippet of memory from my time in Mrs. Shakespeare’s grade 2/3 classroom (and yes, Mrs. Shakespeare really did teach us lines of poetry by Shakespeare) and although it may sound like many classrooms today, with children working simultaneously on self-directed learning activities, it was revolutionary back in 1975. So revolutionary in fact that many parents complained about her methods and she was conspicuously absent from our suburban school the following year.
I was in grade two, and Mrs. Shakespeare rocked my educational world. She taught me that learning could be fun (gasp!); that I could improve my skill at math by playing games and solving puzzles; and most importantly of all, that being creative and enthusiastic was not naughty but good. She also introduced me to great literature: along with playful verses from Shakespeare’s works she read C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe aloud to the class and planted the seeds for a lifelong love of reading and learning. She may well have been the inspiration for my own vocation to become a teacher.
I owe Mrs. Shakespeare a lot. Since that first time I played a witch in a classroom play, I have read all of William Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets, along with many other excellent works of English literature. Since those joyful days of learning as a seven year-old, I have built a fulfilling career as a teacher, hoping to pass that joy along to a new generation. I am truly lucky to have known Mrs. Shakespeare, even for a short time so long ago. That’s how a great teacher can touch a life forever.
But not every child’s life is touched by an inspiring teacher.
Not every child even has the chance to go to school.
According to UNICEF, 49% of all people in Senegal, West Africa, are under the age of 18, but many of them are not in school. Three out of five kids in Senegal have no access to Education. That’s three too many and we can all make a difference. NIVEA Canada is working with Plan Canada to improve children’s access to education in Senegal. You can help too by donating or by telling your friends.
Thankfully, there are international aid organizations that believe in helping to break the cycle of poverty: operating across 50 developing countries in Africa, the Americas and Asia, Plan works with children, their families, communities and governments to promote children’s rights and lift millions of children out of poverty.
NIVEA believes that every child deserves the best care. With this in mind, NIVEA is proud to partner with the child rights and international aid agency, Plan. In Canada, NIVEA is working with Plan Canada to help fund an education project in Senegal to help foster better education for life. With the shared goal of building schools, providing better opportunities for education and teaching essential skills, NIVEA Canada and Plan Canada are working together to help break the cycle of poverty.
You can help NIVEA Canada & Plan Canada support children in Senegal to get access to better education for life by donating, or by telling your friends. Visit NIVEA’s Facebook page, click on the ‘NIVEA & Plan Canada’ tab and click Donate to contribute directly or click Share to help spread the word.
Your purchase of any NIVEA product can also help contribute to a better education.* The more people we reach, the more people we can give the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of children. Many people living in sub-Saharan Africa earn just $1.25 a day. We can do better with better education for life!
Education is a gift you keep for life, and a single inspiring teacher can change a child’s life forever. Were you lucky enough to encounter an inspiring teacher in your own education? Share your story below for a chance to win a truly remarkable gift – one lucky member who shares a personal story of an inspiring teacher could win a gift from NIVEA Canada including NIVEA products and a donation to Plan Canada in your or your child’s name.
*NIVEA is donating $25,000 to Plan Canada to support a project in Senegal which will be matched by an institutional donor 3-to-1 up to $100,000
Contest Closes on Monday, October 1, 2012 at 12:00 p.m.
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