Toledo & South African schools discuss water issue – May 12

Posted Apr 30th, 2010 by Cecelia Adams  Category: Community Interest


The Toledo Chapter of The Links, Incorporated joins Toledo Public Schools, the University of Toledo, and Sol Plaatje Primary School in South Africa to present a unique event via Skype™, which will connect sixth-grade American and South African students on the subject of one of the world’s most precious resources – water.

The Skype™ event titled Students Study Water in Daily Life, is scheduled to begin promptly at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, May 12 in the library located inside Stewart Academy for Girls, 707 Avondale, Toledo, OH. Skype ™ is software that enables users to make free video and voice calls, instant messages and share files with other Skype ™ users.

The Toledo Links’ International Trends committee, led by Chair Linda Ewing, approached officials of Toledo Public Schools and the service organization’s local partner school Stewart Academy for Girls, headed by principal William Keaton, to organize the international Skype ™ event.

“When our committee learned that some 4,000 children in developing countries die each day, simply due to lack of clean drinking water, we knew that we wanted the students at our partner school, Stewart Academy for Girls, to engage with international students surrounding this powerful subject of water,” said Link memberCecelia Adams, who led the charge in locating a school titled Sol Plaatje Primary School in the North West Province of South Africa to connect with the Toledo students.

The South African school is named for Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje (1876-1932), who was the first African National Congress (ANC) Secretary-General. Locally, Stewart Academy for Girls is named for Ella P. Stewart (1893- 1987), one of the first African American female pharmacists.

“The South African school officials at Sol Plaatje were also interested in their students studying water’s impact on society’s daily lives, and connecting via Skype ™, ” added Adams.

Link member Beverly Baker then coordinated a detailed Power Point educational component for the students, which allows both the Stewart and Sol Plaatje students to learn more about water as a natural resource, its impact, and more.

The upcoming Skype ™ program on May 12 will be greatly enhanced by the assistance of University of Toledo officials Isabel C. Escobar, from UT’s Department of Engineering, and Thomas Bridgeman, from UT’s Department of Environmental Sciences. Both will conduct water science experiments for the students to witness and participate in during the Skype ™ connection.

Locally, parents, select Stewart students, TPS officials, Links members, and UT experts will participate in the May 12 Skype ™ international connection.

The media is welcome to attend.

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