Kwantlen students enrolled in a social justice class are earning more than academic credits, they are getting kudos for putting their learning into action.
The class recently fundraised for local and global charities, raising more than $8,500 to help sick children in hospitals here and disadvantaged youth in Africa.
“It is my hope that this project will ignite students to realize their place in the global scheme of things and become sensitized to appraise what role they can play in making our global village a little better than it is today,” instructor Charles Quist-Adade said of the initiative.
The group donated $3,000 to BC Children’s hospital and then split the remainder between two non-profits that help youth in Ghana and Tanzania.
The Ghana Canada Association of BC is using their $3,500 in funding to supply scholarships and school supplies to 30 rural Ghanian youth. The money also went to help the association ship $700,000 in donated sports equipment and computer goods to 35 schools in the country.
The remainder of the funds went to support the work of Langley-based charity Under The Same Sun, a group founded by a local businessman, Peter Ash, who has Albinism and wants to help Africans with the condition who often face extreme discrimination and even death because of it. His charity supports programs in Tanzania that address the health issues, educate communities about the condition and help ensure the safety of those with the genetic condition. It is prevalent in Tanzania, and superstition and predjudice has led to attacks and even murders of people with Albinism.
“Students must keep in mind that their actions, and indeed, inactions, affect all members of the global village in one way or another,” Quist-Adade said, “just as the actions and inactions of fellow global citizens affect them in many ways directly and indirectly.”
Published By Elaine O'Connor - The Province Newspaper. September 19, 2012.