CNIS is inviting Canadian elementary schools to participate in the Canada/Ethiopia Twinning Project by twinning with an elementary school in Axum, Northern Ethiopia starting in September 2011.
CNIS will help “twin” eight Canadian elementary schools with eight elementary schools in Axum. Once matched, the schools, and most importantly the children, can begin building a relationship with their new peers. Connections could be made through the arts, letter writing, geography projects, or other student-generated ideas. To encourage teachers to get involved, CNIS is developing a list of suggested classroom activities for the project that apply to the Ministry of Education’s prescribed learning outcomes by grade.
Through the Twinning Project, CNIS hopes to increase Canadian elementary school students’ knowledge and understanding of African cultures and people, and to further develop a sense of empathy and social responsibility. We believe that the new friendships created will equally enrich the learning experiences of the children in Canada and in Africa.
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