Projects for Peace: The Vision of Kathryn W. Davis

"My challenge to you is to bring about a mind-set of preparing for peace, instead of preparing for war."

Road to School EngTech Summer Camp '15

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Franklin & Marshall College

Road to School EngTech Summer Camp '15

Road to School EngTech Summer Camp was an educationcentered initiative in the slum communities of Tejgaon Industrial Area, Dhaka, Bangladesh. It provided English as a Second Language and Information Technology training for underprivileged schoolchildren ages eight to 13, primarily by pairing small groups of children with youth mentors. The project benefited immensely from in-kind support and volunteer recruitment from partner organizations Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center and YouthWalk Bangladesh.

The first phase of the project was volunteer recruitment — conducted largely through a social-media campaign to attract talented high-school and university students in Dhaka who would act as mentors to the younger students. The 13 volunteers finally selected were chosen through personal interviews with a nineperson panel and became known as PeaceLeaders (inspired by Projects for Peace). The second phase of the project finalized curriculum (English and basic computer skills), established the venue, solidified project personnel, and procured the materials (laptops, projectors, ESL materials). The third and central phase was the actual teaching and mentoring, which culminated with a graduation ceremony and celebration of the PeaceLeaders.

Indira’s hope for the long term is that projects like Road to School EngTech Summer Camp will provide marketable skills that will help diminish poverty and create new opportunities for underserved populations.