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Rebuilding Education From Below the Ground and Up

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x= Evento TED organizado en forma independiente I'm short, so i'll be brief. And, I want to tell the story about bulls, and mosquitos and earthquakes and geology teachers And Iran, and Tajikistan, and Kashmir and China and Denver In under six and a half minutes. And, I want to talk first about Dushanbe, Tajikistan Now, in Dushanbe, there is a bull underneath the Earth, people believe and that causes earthquakes and the bull is bothered by mosquitos and so when the bull shakes, the Earth rumbles. Now, this is a problem because some buildings sink, and some buildings sway. And this issue of earthquakes is a very big deal. The students don't know what's going on. And so enter someone names Solmaz Mojadher And, Solmaz was born in Iran and experienced the 2003 earthquake in Iran And then she was, she is a Geology teacher so, she went to Kashmir in 2005, with her GPS equipment; And she saw what was going on there She saw that the buildings sway and sink, and people didn't know what to do. So, she began to create these lessons, and she created media, and she created stories, and the students made books. And this is, you know, the mosquito that they built, i had to have this mosquito. And what happened in Tajikistan is that students began to create the curriculum around excellent science. So, this is an earthquake prone area, Tajikistan, right. And then, of course, Kashmir And then, of course, with popsicles and sticks, and other kinds of things going on China Now, the Chinese earthquake took place May 12th, 2008 My organization had been working in this area, the exact epicenter, basically the exact epicenter. So we lost students, we lost teachers, we lost buildings, and i really thought i was going to loose my mind! And what ends up happening is that you, people, i guess, arrive for a reason and Solmaz got in touch with us and says "I have something" "and i want to share this with you, this thirteen lessons." And, overnighted seems technology, education, merged for a moment. Films were translated and subtitled, pamphlets and podcasts and programs. And people, by the way, who, i have to say, are incredible high-res, people. And one of the things that we saw, very quickly, is that, this earthquake where... this is a shrine parents put up in the very area where we worked. And this shrine had to stay because the parents really wanted the school safe. Can you imagine? all the things going in in the world and the schools kill your kid, in a one child per family kind of setting. And so, what happened was, Solmaz accompanied me to China. We talked with the Bureau of Education and what ask us back when the Bureau said: "Come back and teach science and safety, it will bring the parents in... But here is the deal..." Solmaz began to talk and show the film about the bulls and the mosquitos And what happened was that we thought the guy was going to say, the Bureau "Oh, this is China, that's Tajikistan... ..Tajikistan, you know, poor country... ... We are a developed country" He didn't say that. He said: "We are, I not only learned something... but I don't feel alone anymore, because this is happening to someone else." So, i'd like Solmaz, to speak for herself. Emergency Education, here at Teachers Without Borders focuses on prepare lesson planning we taught a workshop in April 2009 focused on earthquake science, safety and mitigation And all of these concepts were introduced through several interactive, hands on, inquiry based, lesson plans We know Emergency Education can save lives We know very well, that even one retrofitted school can save thousands of lives. Teachers do have a voice And, unfortunately, their voices are not being heard. Voices not being heard, Is really troublesome. And what ended up happening is, of course, voices are not heard in Haiti, Where the University of, Purdue University warned the government that there were be a 7.X earthquake. It was a 7.2 earthquake, that was a shallow earthquake, 13 miles under the surface of the Earth. And a perfect storm really, because you had shoddy construction, and a densely populated area and then you have the people who wanted, when there is a civil disturbance of any kind you know, a national or natural disaster their instinctual and immediate response is to run indoors, so, that's how they died. And, you know, i didn't know what to do, once again, felt alone myself. And so, here is an interesting story bringing it back to Denver, is that my daughter, here, is in the audience here, and is teacher in Denver, At the Florida Pitt Waller School, and she is preparing her lessons about the geological formations of, you know, the Colorado, a student assessment program. and she doesn't know what to do; there are two Haitian kids in her class, they are franatically looking for any signs of life from home. The kids, the rest of the kids in the class are completely freaked out about this. And what ended up happening is that, once again, the call went out, now French and Creole, and posters, and podcasts, and programs and people working in Haiti. This is this kind of collective experience about something that was, you know, inspired in Iran, and conceived in Kashmir, and tested in Tajikistan and re-engineered in China, and made available for Haiti and for Denver. So, with a textbook in one hand, you know, and a telephone in another, she got the popsicle sticks and the shake tables, and the, you know, all the materials that you need. And she made a difference, and her kids achieved, and she didn't feel so all alone. So, in the time i have left i just want to say that there is unbelievable technology out there. I just wish it were available, and accessible, and adaptable and, you know, acceptable. And that you could take your work, recycle it, you know, come up with a gigantic recycling machine, you know, at the post office, just drop it off, and have it travel around the world, subtitled and changed, and i do believe they were going to make the kind of difference that is the kind of reciprocity, and generosity, and grace, and goodwill that teachers are known for all over the world! Zero! Fred Mednick Maestros Sin Fronteras

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Duration: 7 minutes and 52 seconds
Year: 2010
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: TEDx
Director: Fred Mednick
Views: 127
Posted by: deya_castilleja on Jul 21, 2010

Dr. Fred Mednick, Teachers Without Borders Founder talks about emergency education, and how to make a difference, in the TEDx Denver Event.

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