Project Description

The Virtual Co:Lab

Songs of Home |  Mabadilishano ya Nyimbo

The Virtual Co:Lab uses community objectives and curriculum development to translate knowledge into story and song to share with international communities. We believe that learners need more opportunities to reach out beyond the walls of their classrooms to connect with communities and share experiences with other students and teachers to enhance learning.

We partnered with a small village school in Iyoli, Tanzania. Iyoli is in the middle of Tanzania which is one of the driest regions in the country but had a 128M well built by Innovation: Africa.

Using art, story and song the village students shared parts their home with an international audience.

Utangulizi | Introductions

Kuanza mradi, wanafunzi wa Strathcona watanaswa kwenye sinema ambapo watajitambulisha pamoja na ziara ya shule ya strathcona kwa wanafunzi wa Iyoli.

To kick the project off introductions will be filmed of the Strathcona students to show in Iyoli on a projector along with a video/photographic tour of the school.

Your Home | Nyumbani Mwako

Your home is your house, and more. Your home is your family, your neighbourhood, your country. Your home can be your ideas, your culture, anything that makes you comfortable in your environment. Create sounds and pictures and words that come from observing the world around you.

Nyumbani mwako ni nyumba na zaidi. Nyumbani mwako ni familia, ni mazingira ni nchi. Vile vile, inaweza kuwa mawazo, utamaduni, chochote kinachosaidia kuleta ustarehe kwa mazingira yako. Unda sauti, picha, sinema na maneno kutoka kwa yale unayoyaona kwenye mazingira yako.

Muundo | Creation

Sehemu hii inahusu kutunga wimbo. Kila kikundi kitachagua kiini cha kuzingatia kwa nyimbo yao. Rudi kwenye awamu ya utafiti na tumia mawazo uliyopata wakati ulipokuwa unatazama mazingira yako. Si lazima wimbo uwe maridadi, ila unahitajika kusimulia juu yako na Maisha yako.

This phase is about making a song. Each group will now choose a theme to focus on for their group’s song. Go back to the exploration phase and use ideas generated by your observations. The song does not have to be perfect but it has to say something about yourself and your life.

Presentation and Party | Maonyesho na sherehe

Part of the joy of creating music is performing to people. Students will present final songs to their communities with a live facebook feed. It will be a big party with everyone involved.

Sehemu ya furaha ya kuunda nyimbo ni kuonyesha watu. Wanafunzi wataonyesha nyimbo zao kwenye jumuia ambapo shule binti watahusika kupitia mtandao moja kwa moja. Itakuwa sherehe kubwa kwa wote watakaohusika.

#H2Ope Campaign
Strathcona Elementary, a public school in Vancouver partnered with a village school in Iyoli, Tanzania and followed a CURRICULUM USED BY BOTH SCHOOLS that used storytelling and art to learn about themselves and each other. Teachers, Perry Buchan and Doug Sherrett were part of the team who developed and implemented this curriculum which peaked the curiosity of the kids to learn more about each other so they came up with a series of questions to ask.

We filmed kids in both places answering these questions and had them translated into Swahili and English whaich were SCREENED THEM IN IYOLI and later in Vancouver. This became the #H2OPE Campaign that created awareness about THE WATER ISSUES in this small Tanzania village.

These videos were shared on social media platforms with the global community and as a result INNOVATION AFRICA agreed to fund a much needed well in their small village.