Thoughts about water
I have forgotten how privileged we are living in Britain until I went to India recently. The very basic necessity of life – having clean water – was not something that was immediately available. Even bottled water can be suspect. We tried to dissolve cleaning tablets into it before boiling to drink, but it still gave us a very upset stomach for weeks.
I cast my mind back thirty years ago when there were frequent water rations in Malaysia due to burst pipes or droughts: We queued up with buckets hoping to get enough potable water for the family. Sometimes we even collected rain for washing. You can say we were frugal with what we had.
The clear substance that comes through the taps in the UK is clean. Even so when I was at the shop the other day my eyes were drawn immediately to water filters. I got myself a Brita Filter and now we have even tastier H2O without the chlorine, led or copper poisoning. Having just experienced India, my senses were heightened to anything that signified pure drinkable liquid!
Critically, my visit to this most populous democracy in the world has made me respect the basic right that we have. The sites and scenes of the countryside driving from Gurgaon to Agra come back to me often. Many who roamed the streets did not have access to the most basic facilities: some lived in tents, others in small tiny huts. I am not forgetting the more developed sites especially what I saw of Gurgaon where you could mistake its skyline for any big metropolis but that is something else.
There is much to learn from seeing different places and meeting people from varied backgrounds. It is these types of observations, reflections and ruminations that I hope we can encourage young children to appreciate through Writing Basics. Whilst they may not yet be able to travel across continents, they can share their own stories and experiences with one another.
Progress on Writing Basics
I am delighted to announce the creation of an elearning prototype course called Writing Basics. Using the template provided by Moodle, it took just a day to set it up and Writing Basics is shaping up really beautifully. Watch this space for the completion of this site.
10 young people will be offered a place in this pilot run. Subsequently, this programme will be reviewed for its successes, potential and challenges.
The purpose of eTutor
Elearning constitutes a number of things. It delivers learning electronically through a number of means: email, online modules, video-conferencing, and blogging tools. With the advent of digital technology, physical boundaries and distances tend to blur. I would like to take this opportunity to get young people from different countries and experience learning together. Although I am in the UK, through eLearning, I am able to help my students from all across the world.