Westview students send 777 educational kits to Haiti

As was reported on the Advocate blog earlier this month, students at Westview Centennial Secondary School held a special assembly with Project Code and 1GOAL (Education For All) on April 20 to learn about the value of public education both in Canada and in third world countries. Since then, students have been busy preparing educational kits to help children in Haiti still recovering after January's earthquake. Here's an update on what Westview students have accomplished most recently.

By Shanice VincentGrade 11 student at WestviewIn Canada, many of us take accessibility to a high quality public education for granted. Canadian schools are filled with students, teachers, learning resources, and various supplies to assist students in their learning. In Africa and other third world countries, there are many similarities, but there are often not enough supplies for every student. Even simple items tend to be in short supply – some students have been known to pencil-in their notes faintly, then erase them after studying and re-use the same notebooks later. So who can help to prop up public education in countries stricken with drought, poverty, and hardship?As a community, we can make a difference. This desire to make a difference and connect the local and global communities is precisely why a group of Westview Centennial Secondary School students has been busy this year fundraising for basic school supplies such as notebooks, pencils, erasers, and rulers. At the end of May, we assembled, packaged, and shipped 777 educational kits to Haiti.With assistance from Project Code and The Global Campaign for Education, 2010 is the second year this program has been run at Westview. Last year our school sent more than 560 kits to Tanzania, and we hope to continue making a meaningful contribution in the future. For us here at Westview, the project gave us pause to consider what is truly important. At the end of the day, access to education offers hope for a better future, and the unfortunate sons and daughters of the third world understand and appreciate that fact more acutely than we do. We can only hope that our efforts will help and that we will get to see these children smile.