The Moving Classroom is an alternative education solution and project for areas of extreme need/poverty where the proper infrastructure or support for schooling is not in place or fully functional. The solutions and projects of the Moving Classroom can be an emergency education solution for areas of trauma (natural disasters, war, refugee crisis). It will work to bridge, support or augment formal education. It is a preventative effort to help stop abuse before it starts or help children heal from abuses. It is also a training program, working to equip and empower those working with marginalized children. It is an expression of the love of God.
The Moving Classroom will work to intervene in situations of extreme need and/or where the child is at risk, with the rights and individual needs of the children in mind. However, we value prevention as it is a set of actions designed to stop something before it actually occurs. The prevention of child abuse and neglect requires a set of strategies and actions to be successful. Education makes the risks known to children and gives them the power to avoid them and/or overcome them.
The Moving Classroom works to address the development of the whole child; physically, emotionally, spiritually, and intellectually. The Moving Classroom is an education approach built on principles of active/hands-on learning, the inclusion of daily life as valuable knowledge, and practical application. We work on the premise that each child finds identity, meaning, and purpose through connections to the community, to the natural world, and to spiritual values such as peace.
The Moving Classroom considers the uniqueness of each location, creating or supporting solutions that work for a specific community, not simply a standardized program. It believes in including and representing the local culture in its applications, curriculum, and programs. This isn't the easiest approach because being specialized takes more time, people, and resources but we value quality over quantity. In that way, we are a 'Boutique' project.
How it works
with other stakeholders
We aim to find partners around the world currently seeking support and partnership in areas that match the mandates and goals of the Moving Classroom. We will work with local social aid or education groups who are seeking or operating alternative solutions to meet the needs of the children in their community.
We aim to network with all the important adults that children need to thrive; parents, spiritual leaders, community leaders, teachers, social workers, health workers, and friends both locally and around the world.
different types of classrooms
We choose a learning environment that requires little or no infrastructure or on-going cost (i.e. a mat in a village rather than a brick-and-mortar building or using/borrowing spaces that already exist). We go to the students rather than having them come to us. This helps to provide a basic education more quickly and pour more into the quality of their education and less into the facility. We create mobile classrooms in order to reach the children most vulnerable.
We hear from teachers all the time of their need and desire for training, tools, and curriculum that understands their situation and can easily be carried or transported and used in various kinds of unique learning environments. We also see the need for students and teachers to have the ability to get to their learning and get there safely. In other words, they need resources that roam. It is our passion to offer support by eventually creating and reproducing teaching tools and curriculum that fits their needs. We also want to find ways to provide safe travel.
We believe Love is the most powerful force in the universe. We won't shy away from the importance of having love as part of our mandate and our motivation. Without love and attachment, you can't have a quality education. Without healthy love, children can't develop into all they are meant to be. For us, God is love and Jesus is the greatest example of what love looks like. So we endeavor to live and love like God. That's a tall order and we won't be perfect, but we have seen what this good love can do to transform children's lives.