It is with great excitement that GPP Australia welcomes back d'Arcy Lunn.
d'Arcy (and his bicycle) first joined the project on the launch tour (see his video diary). After heading into central Australia to teach for a term in Indigenous communities, d'Arcy has rejoined the GPP and is piloting the presentations in schools. He has now presented to 15 schools reaching over 1200 students, many of whom are undertaking the next step of the pilot program to become advocates in the fight to end extreme poverty.
The structure that has been undertaken for the pilot program for schools goes like this...
1. Host the GPP 1.4 Billion Reasons presentation, specially adapted with an interactive quiz and school segments!
2. Have students choose a part of the presentation that inspires them or they feel passionate about.
3. Encourage students to research their topic and learn more about it, with support from GPP to link them to resources and organisations.
4. Armed with their new understanding, ask students to create an innovative way presenting the new knowledge they have learned.
5. Have students identify an audience to present to - peer class, parents, anyone!
6. Provide students with the opportunity to deliver their own presentation and inspire others so the GPP ripples out and beyond!
Since October d'Arcy has rolled out this pilot through schools in Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania. From 180 energetic Year 9 boys for 1½ hours, to an intimate social justice club of Year 11's the presentation and its content has been well tested and continually adapted! The testimonials and feedback have been fantastic and we are ready to take the next step.
On top of all of this, we at the Project are trying to find funding for the program for next year. If you know of grants, organisations, etc that would love to see GPP in schools across Australia next year please get in touch!
Very soon we will have documents will be available to map our strategy for the Global Poverty Project for youth and schools for next year and beyond... watch this space and get in touch if you want to know more…to learn more about education and extreme poverty, you can click here.