I submitted a proposal to return to the Congo this summer to work in the camp - wish me luck! Here is the proposal:
High School Initiative
English Language Specialist
April 27, 2016
Last summer, May through July, I worked in the Mole camp through a combined project with the US State Department and the UNHCR. My project was to help establish English programs in the camp. In the process of doing so, we recognized a dramatic need for a secondary curriculum. At this point, the camp has not had a functioning secondary curriculum for many years. While working there last year, I identified a significant group of refugee teachers who, with a degree of support, could create and sustain an effective secondary school. With their assistance, we created a primary school English program, a teaching academy, and a girls’ empowerment initiative. I believe the project is viable, as we implemented a Conflict Resolution curriculum last summer for adults and the turnout was very promising. The last component of a comprehensive educational system will be the establishment of a secondary school curriculum – they have the personnel who can teach and lead the program with minimum external support. Finally, the ongoing programs developed in the camp last summer offer great encouragement for the continued viability of educational programming in the camp.
An English Language Specialist (Michael Morsches) and a Math/Science Specialist (Patrick Lohan) would travel to the Mole camp, preferably in July, 2016, for a three week program. The initiative would have two components: 1) The refugee teachers would have basic pedagogical training that would focus on lesson planning, instruction, and assessment, and 2) The refugee teachers would receive content-specific training in World History, Algebra, Introductory Calculus, Biology, and Chemistry. The two training components will be in the form of active workshops with the refugee teachers practicing their skills with actual students. Finally, the refugee teachers will have ongoing access to the two specialists (and other US teachers) after the summer program, as this is one piece of the project commitment from several of our host schools, including Moraine Valley Community College.
The following schools are committed to supporting this project with in-kind contributions:
Moraine Valley Community College – Chicago, Illinois
Sul Ross University – Alpine, Texas
The University of Akron – Akron, Ohio
Garrett High School – Garrett, Indiana
The following are in-kind contributions we will bring to the project:
1) Five textbook sets (Five textbooks each set) for World History, Algebra, Introductory Calculus, Biology, and Chemistry to be shipped in May.
2) Classroom supplies such as paper, notebooks, pens, pencils, and classroom posters to be shipped in May.
3) A few microscopes and assorted slides to be shipped in May.
4) Release time (three weeks) for the Dean of Learning Enrichment and College Readiness (Michael Morsches) and Lead Tutor (Patrick Lohan)
5) Ongoing teacher support in lesson planning, instruction, assessment, and subject-matter content.
6) Ongoing English resources for all programs in the camp.
The timeframe for the project would be from Mid-May through the end of July, 2016:
Mid-May – Ship resources to the DRC (possibly through diplomatic pouch) so that they are on site by July 1, 2016
July 2 through July 24 – Program at Mole (including two days at each end of the project in Kinshasa).
August 2016 and onward – Teacher support from Host Schools
We would request the following resources from the grant:
1) Assistance in shipping the project books and resources from Washington to the DRC, preferably through diplomatic pouch.
2) Hotel accommodations for two in Kinshasa for four days.
3) Per diem for two for 25 days.
4) Stipend for two at $250 per day for 25 days.
5) Transport for two, to and from Zongo.
6) Hotel accommodations for two for 21 days in Zongo.
7) Daily transport for two to and from Mole from Zongo.
8) Travel incidentals (e.g., vaccinations, travel insurance, medication)
The following are estimated costs (excluding our in-kind contributions)
1) Airfare to the DRC - $4,000
2) Hotel accommodation Kinshasa (one shared room, four days) - $1,000
3) Per diem - $2,500
4) Stipend - $12,500
5) Travel to Zongo – unknown
6) Zongo hotel accommodations – unknown, perhaps provided by the UNHCR
7) Transport to and from Mole – unknown, perhaps provided by the UNHCR
8) Shipping from Washington D.C. – unknown
9) Travel incidentals - $750
Total Estimated Costs - $20,750
Total Estimated In-Kind Contributions - $3000
The project I participated in last summer was very successful, and is currently flourishing. I observed then, the desperate need for an active secondary school program for the older students in the camp (see attached white paper submitted by Bryce Smedley and Michael Morsches). The internal structures of the camp and the existing personnel are the strongest components of this proposal. I have full support of the camp committee and the refugee teachers for this project, as well as dedicated support from several American schools. My school, Moraine Valley Community College, has pledged its continued ongoing support to the programs in the camp. I believe that this project will be the beginning of a long and healthy collaboration between the camp and our US host schools.
1) White Paper – Expanding ECA – State Department English Language Programs to Refugee Camps
2) Final Report – Summer 2016 programs
3) Vita – Michael Morsches, English Language Specialist
4) Resume – Patrick Lohan, Math/Science Specialist