In Our Village
Join In Our Global Village, a global service learning program whereby students write books about their communities for a worldwide audience. Inspired by the book In Our Village: Kambi ya Simba through the Eyes of Its Youth, the program now reaches far corners of the world creating opportunities for learning through meaningful connections.
In Our Global Village began with a collaboration across continents—a friendship between Barbara Cervone, president of What Kids Can Do, and students of a tiny secondary school she visited in a rural village in Tanzania.
“For us, greeting and shaking hands is like breathing,” these young people told Barbara, showing her the ritual three-part African handshake. “It communicates solidarity.” For days, they took her around the village, introducing her to its ways and traditions, its people and their challenges.
Out of that exploration and documentation by youth came In Our Village: Kambi ya Simba Through the Eyes of Its Youth. Its young authors still could not believe that anyone outside their village would care about their story and their lives. “It astounds us,” the students told Barbara, as she took their words, photographs, songs, and stories home to publish through What Kids Can Do. Little did they know their book would launch an international program and inspire global learning!
Now you can join a program connecting young people on five continents who gather and share their local stories so the world can learn from them. In Our Global Village invites you and your students to create a book about your “village”—your community, in whatever form it takes. This requires local learning, as students gather stories, interviews, photographs, and more.
You can publish a print version of the book they make to share far and wide. And you can contribute a virtual copy so others can view it on the In Our Global Village website. This site maintains a digital library of the books published by young people worldwide as part of In Our Global Village. (We upload them as they are published).
We offer plenty of help: a curriculum guide, publishing tips, special projects between the students in Kambi ya Simba and U.S. school children, and photos from visits by U.S. teachers to the village.
Download the Curriculum Guide. This curriculum is also integrated into the program Strategies for Success with 21st Century Skills and Literacy: A Learning Curriculum that Serves.
If you haven’t already done so, visit the In Our Village website [www.inourvillage.org] and view the short videos the Kambi ya Simba students made about their village. They will surely inspire you and your students to create your own IOGV book. And we are looking forward to reading it! Please let us know how we can help.
In Our Global Village is a collaborative program developed by Cathryn Berger Kaye, CBK Associates and Barbara Cervone, What Kids Can Do.