Change Your World: Alberta Youth Leadership Tour to South Africa
ACGC and Keiskamma Canada are proud to have hosted another great Change Your World: Alberta Youth Leadership Tour!
The 2015 Change Your World team was made up of (from left to right): Lasha Aytenfisu of Edmonton; Reana Szabo-Mansfield of Wainwright; Sean Sander of Lethbridge; Abdul Sheikh of Edmonton; and Deanne Savard of Peace River. Students had an amazing time experiencing life in rural South Africa, connecting with youth, and learning about community development from those at the Keiskamma Canada Foundation and their partner, the Keiskamma Trust.
Now, the students are ready to share their stories!
Note: The next Change Your World tour will happen in the summer of 2017! Watch in January 2017 for nomination packages!
This lesson plan was developed by Marilyn Scott, a volunteer with the Keiskamma Canada Foundation, to assist teachers in expanding students’ awareness of life for students rural in South Africa. The lesson is designed to complement the use of the ACGC 2015 Change Your World: Alberta Youth Leadership Tour documentary in the classroom.
The youth had the opportunity to watch Keiskamma artists at work, doing embrodiery, wire art, felt-making, and ceramics. Here, Reana is trying a few stiches on a wire flower being made-to-order for a shop in Cape Town.
Alberta youth spending time with South African youth in Hamburg.
Alberta youth learning about Keiskamma’s gardening programmes. Princess, pictured here, was instrumental in expanding the gogo (grandmother) gardens in communities surrounding Hamburg.
Together with ACGC 2015 Top 30 Under 30 award recipient, Angalahka Mangwane at Keiskamma’s Vulindlela ICT and Youth Resource Centre. Angalakha was telling the youth about the various education programmes Keiskamma is involved with.
The youth were privledged to be invited into the home of Mama James, a local community health care monitor hired by Keiskamma to monitor patients in her village. Mama James was kind enough to bring students around to various villager’s homes, and tell the students of the progress being made in their lives and community.
About the Change Your World Youth Leadership Tour 2015: The Change Your World Youth Leadership Tour is an opportunity for five Alberta youth to visit and connect with Alberta international development organizations working in abroad. The focus of the 2015 tour was on the concepts of health and community development. In South Africa, youth met with staff and volunteers from Keiskamma Canada Foundation and their partner, the Keiskamma Trust, as well as community members who have been impacted by development efforts. Pre-departure training and debriefing ensured that the youth were supported in understanding their experiences, emotionally and intellectually. As part of the pre-departure training, youth were provided with weekly webinars and/or readings. Through this experience, youth learned more about the work being done in partnership with Albertan non-governmental organizations and their international colleagues, and how they can continue to be involved in international development, locally and globally.
Upon their return, the selected youth participated in a speaking tour in their communities across Alberta, sharing their experiences and perceptions through a presentation and video they created during their time in South Africa. This tour was shared with students and community organizations across Alberta throughout the fall of 2015. Presentation coordination, facilitation, and support was provided by ACGC.
Read about the 2015 Tour
Read about the 2015 tour in the Alberta Teachers’ Association Newsletter, 10 February 2015 edition here.
Read a story about Keiskamma Canada and their partner in the ACGC Teach Newsletter, Volume 9 Winter 2015 edition here.
Read about Deanne’s experience in ACGC’t Teach Newsletter, Volume 11 Fall 2015 edition here.
The Keiskamma Canada Foundation, founded in 2008 in Edmonton, organizes and supports local and regional fundraisers in Canada, raising awareness of the work of the Keiskamma Trust and providing opportunities for people to purchase the beautiful handmade embroideries for which the Trust is so renowned.
The Keiskamma Trust has worked in the Peddie South District of the Eastern Cape, South Africa, for over ten years. They have a strong track-record of innovative and multi-faceted community development projects that together provide holistic support and intervention for their beneficiaries. They work with hundreds of vulnerable people each day in an effort to enrich and encourage healthy families, individuals, and entire villages.
In 2000, their founder, Dr Carol Hofmeyr began to work in the village of Hamburg, at the mouth of the Keiskamma River. Her combined skills as a medical doctor, creative fine-artist, as well as her passion for human rights, transformed the lives of the people she worked with and taught. Those qualities still inform and underlie everything that the Trust endeavours to do today.
Today, the Trust operates an art project, a health program, and education program, and a music academy, reaching over 47 rural villages in this area where endemic poverty and disease continue to have devastating effects. Youth on the Change Your World Tour will have the opportunity to visit these projects, and learn from those carrying out and benefiting from the work of the Trust. Youth on this tour will also have the opportunity to spend time with local youth their own age, learning to bridge cultural and language barriers, and building lasting relationships across continents.
Get an inside look at previous tours!
The 2015 tour is ACGC’s fourth Change Your World: Alberta Youth Leadership Tour. In 2010, five Albertan youth toured seven international development projects in Ethiopia. In the summer of 2012, five Albertan students were selected to tour communities and international development projects, as well as partner with youth in Peru. The third tour took place in 2013, where youth focused on climate justice in Nicaragua. As part of their participation in the tours, all participants committed to sharing their experiences with others as a way of engaging their peers in international development issues. The youth presented videos of their experience and prepared presentations to over 3500 students and 50 commmunity groups throughout the province. See photos and videos of previous tours here.