NEA-Heifer International Study Tour
Heifer International combats hunger, alleviates poverty, and restores the environment by providing appropriate livestock, training, and related services to small-scale farmers worldwide. Heifer helps people utilize livestock as an integral component of sustainable agriculture and holistic development.
Heifer’s key concept is that each recipient must pass on to others some of the offspring of the farm animals they receive. This principle, called “passing on the gift,” assures that each participant in the program becomes a donor, enhancing dignity and participation in each project.
NEA, with generous support from the NEA Foundation, has teamed with Heifer International to coordinate a study tour, Honduras for Educators, for NEA members who work in a K-12 setting, including teachers, ESPs, and others employees, regardless of subject area or grade level.
The heart of the study tour will be project visits throughout the country that will help participants gain firsthand knowledge of what Heifer does and why it is so successful. In Honduras, participants will
- Visit field projects including a school supported by Heifer International and a community micro-credit/lending network
- Learn about Honduran culture and history
- Gain an in-depth understanding of Heifer’s approach to sustainable development by meeting the people involved in Heifer’s projects and hearing their stories
Additional meetings will be held with Honduran education union leaders and Education International Latin America staff to discuss Education For All, education’s connections to human rights and economic development, and education union issues in Honduras and Latin America.
Network with fellow NEA members Each afternoon in Honduras is spent in facilitated dialogue workshops to discuss what people have seen throughout the day and how each participant will develop and present some aspect of his/her Honduran experience in the school and/or community in which they work. Best practice case studies and accompanying reading materials are provided to participants and are part of these afternoon discussions. Participants will create lessons plans and presentations for educators. These resources will be posted on the NEA International Groupsite so that all educators can benefit from the study tour.
Participants will create lessons plans and presentations for educators. These resources will be posted on the NEA International Groupsite so that all educators can benefit from the study tour.
Fourteen NEA members were selected as the inaugural cohort for travel to Honduras in summer 2009.
- Glenda Berliner, WA
- Ternesha Burroughs, MN
- Coni Clark, NC
- John Calvin Heilman, MI
- Christina Joanis, VT
- Abraham Jones, DE
- Adam Markgraf, IL
- Megan Normandin, MA
- Peggy Owens, IN
- Gregory Roy, CA
- Melissa Roy-Wood, CA
- Gloria Salazar, MA
- Shakira Niani Williams, NC
- Kathleen Wingard, NE
Unfortunately, due to the tense and uncertain political situation following the military coup in Honduras, the program was postponed to 2010.
Education International’s coverage of the military coup of June 28, 2009:
- Another teacher killed in post-coup violence (September 25, 2009)
- Teacher unions strive to safeguard education amidst the continuing crisis (August 12, 2009)
- Teachers killed in violent repression in Honduras (August 4, 2009)
Heifer International for Educators Heifer International also offers a website with lesson plans tied to national education standards, video documentaries, games and activities for use in the classroom to teach students to take action and make a difference by learning about world hunger. Information about Heifer’s popular Read to Feed activity is also included.