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Education is imperative to the advancement of a society and Children's Humanitarian International (CHI) is dedicated to ensuring every child receives the education they ultimately deserve, regardless of where they were born. Studies show that a non-educated society is a society that breeds violence and intolerance. On the other side, an educated society promotes citizens who make thoughtful and informed decisions that have a positive impact on their lives, their families, their community, and their world. It is the responsibility of everyone to help children learn and become leaders in their society.
Our first initiative, “Education is Strength,” focuses on providing sustainable solutions to allow underprivileged children gain a solid foundation and the tools needed to advance in their communities through access to a safe education. We have a comprehensive educational approach that is able to identify the root causes of why children are either not attending school at all or are under-performing in the system they are provided with. We would like to announce that after months of collaboration and the tireless work from our staff, faculty, and administration, CHI has begun furthering our mission of empowering, educating, and providing for children by opening the doors to CHI Academy.
Our goal is to provide quality care and learning, expose our children to an extremely child friendly environment and curriculum. We will offer the Kenyan 8-4-4 system but blend it with rich elements from a variety of practical learning styles. We would like our children to enjoy many extracurricular activities which include supervised daily play with a wide range of age appropriate stimulating games to help us nurture talents and instill basic computer knowledge and skills for easier learning.
CHI believes strongly that we do not know the answers to everything, and some solutions may work in certain areas and not in others. We know very well that it is not our place to impose Western ideals on others. We listen to the communities that we work in and all of our international programs are developed and managed by the local community in which they aid.
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One of the biggest challenges facing high school students today is an appreciation for education. We see time after time high school students in our local area have an apathy towards learning and not truly understanding the value of an education. This coming summer 2016, with the help from the board, CHI community, and you, we will be launching this amazing opportunity for high school students within Sonoma County. The students will be traveling to our new CHI Academy for a once in a lifetime five week summer internship program. What makes this program even more unique is that CHI will be offering up to five full internship scholarships including the cost of airfare. This will allow us to target high school students in the local area who may never have the opportunity to travel abroad.
While in Kenya, students will have a vigorous morning curriculum taught by a qualified instructor on topics such as: the history and colonialism of Kenya, agriculture systems in Kenya, health education, global humanitarian awareness & service, and of course...Kiswahili. Additionally, interns will not only be learning, they will also be teaching CHI Academy students in the subjects of math, English, history, science, and other topics as appropriate. Finally, each of the five weekends will be spent traveling along the countryside to different cultural and humanitarian sites like Lake Naivasha in the Great Rift Valley, Ngorongoro Crater, safari in Maasai Mara, and a hike along Mt. Kenya.
We at CHI aim to create a passionate group of informed high school students who can bring back their knowledge of the world to Sonoma County and share their experiences with other students here locally and throughout their lives. It is our goal to build a unique program that can foster a community of CHI Interns who not only appreciate and value education, but can expand their mindset to develop new and exciting ways to tackle poverty issues here in Sonoma County and around the world.
If you would like more information about our new program or would like to apply, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: Local Program.
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela
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