This fall the Grade 4, CM1, and CM2 students conducted a “How we organize ourselves” Unit of Inquiry. They inquired into the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; the structure and function of organizations; societal decision-making; economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment. Specifically they focused on how social organizations affect the well-being of individuals through the development of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs).
The students were able to identify needs in their community and international communities, research established NGOs, invited guest speakers to share their experiences working with NGOs, and developed their own NGOs based on observed needs. From here, the students initiated an action plan to help others in need. Students decided to conduct a fundraiser to support the two NGOs that presented as our guests here at IC.
We held the Jour ”J” (The Big Day) in the courtyard at IC Ain Aar and invited the Grade 3 and Grade 5 to attend. Students sold, handmade cards, books, crafts, gently used toys, Christmas items, and home baked goodies. Funds will go to the local NGO Canneet Coeur and the international NGO St. Vincent de Paul.