(New York City, June 16, 2011) Psychologists for Social Responsibility's annual awards were announced Wednesday, one going to Kids Can Make a Difference, a project of iEARN-USA. This project, an innovative middle and high school teachers guide, "Finding Solutions to Hunger: Kids Can Make A Difference," provides resources to enable students to explore the root causes of hunger and take specific action steps in their community. The award is given annually to an individual or organization whose efforts focus on peace and social justice for children.
A key component of the project is global collaboration among students in different countries, using iEARN (International Education and Resource Network), a pioneer in online collaborative project-based learning.
"Jane and I are are honored to receive this prestigious award," noted Larry Levine, KIDS Co- founder and coordinator. "It is our dream that young people worldwide will, through this project, realize that they can in fact end hunger through education and collective action."
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Copies of the Teachers Guide in English are available via hardcopy or in download (both English and Spanish). The 255-page guide is provided free of charge to any teacher who would like to engage his or her class in the collaborative project within iEARN. For further ordering information please contact KIDS at [email protected].
"The project stimulates students to take specific follow-up actions as they begin to realize that one person can make a difference in addressing the issue of hunger," pointed out Ed Gragert, Executive Director of iEARN-USA, "And by working together online internationally, they see hunger in a global context."
iEARN was launched in 1988 as a pilot project between the US and former USSR to demonstrate that students could use emerging new technologies to work together on meaningful educational projects that enhance the quality of life on the planet. It is iEARN’s vision that if students start working together globally from the earliest ages (5-19), they will learn better through experiential interaction with peers in other countries and learn that the world’s issues can be resolved by collaborative solutions. iEARN has grown to become the world’s largest educational network for project-based learning, with programs in more than 130 countries.
iEARN-USA was awarded the 2003 Goldman Sachs Foundation Prize for Excellence in International Education and is a 2004 Tech Museum Laureate winner for “technology benefiting humanity.” Please visit www.iearn.org and www.us.iearn.org or e-mail: [email protected]. iEARN-USA is based in New York City.
About Kids Can Make a Difference
Kids Can Make a Difference (KIDS) was founded in 1994 by Jane Levine, Ed.D and Larry Levine, two educators committed to giving tools to middle and high school students address issues surrounding hunger. KIDS is based in New York City. Please visit www.kidscanmakeadifference.org or e-mail: [email protected]