Being a good teacher encompasses many different skills and talents. I think though, my overwhelming talent is the ability to sell an idea to students, convincing them to step into the unknown and to believe that they can do what they set out to do.
Impact Learning is looking at opportunities in one’s local community, aligning these with the SDG’s and Curriculum (which is way easier than it sounds) and handing it over to your students while you manage the process of discovery and understanding. The students will do the rest.
With this project, I wanted to make learning a relevant experience. Something that is not only relevant in the classroom, but something that students would walk away from with skills and creative solutions for a world that is desperate for innovation and solution-oriented thinking.
The unstructured question: “Could we feed the homeless people in the Cape Town CBD one meal each?” was born out of the Sustainable Development Goals as outlined by the United Nations, specifically, goal number two: Zero Hunger.
This learning facilitated the development of the following skills identified in CAPS:
GROUP ALLOCATION AND ROLES
There were 6 independent groups made up of 3-4 students in each class.
Group 1: Statisticians (collection and processing of data both from research and practical findings)
Group 2: Communication with NPO organisations
Group 3: Specific research on Homelessness Video/academic writing to be presented.
Group 4: Logistics and Information management and process documentation.
Group 5: Laws around homelessness, research and presentation
Group 6: Interview forms for both Homeless and volunteers that would provide reasonable stats. Practical excursions to Soup Kitchens and Homeless Shelters provided opportunities to gather information.