Tchatchou December 2011


Post: Tchatchou

Date(s) of project: January 2012

Brief description of Project:

The Environmental Club at CEG Tchatchou is interested in doing the World Map Project. The Club was founded late last spring and we were able to restart this school year with this being our first project. The club has on average 25 students with some weeks swelling up to 40. The PCV acts as facilitator for the club along with one science professor and another geography professor from the CEG who will be taking over the club in the following year. Most students have little knowledge of the geography of our planet and can barely locate their own country on the map. In our environmental club we often refer to different areas of the world as examples in our lesson, and by having a permanent map in the classroom the members will be able to associate specific information with a country or region enabling them to think on both a global and local scale.
World Map Projects are typically completed on an exterior wall of a school building where there is little opportunity for individual interaction/discovery and also allows them to be easily degraded by the natural elements. Knowing this, our administration has given us permission to paint the maps in the classrooms on a smaller scale. We have 11 classrooms available and will be making them 1 meter in length. We started this school year with speaking generally on the environment and the difference between the natural and built environments, then further broke it down to discuss the difference between the physical and biological environment. Those differences are being reflected in our project plan.
We have decided on 6 different maps: 2 political, 2 physical, 2 time zones, 2 climate zone, 2 Africa and 1 physical map of Benin. The students were allowed to choose themselves a partner and then the specific map they would be responsible for. They were encouraged to offer help to the other groups but ultimately the group assigned to the map holds the responsibility for its accuracy and completion. I have left the decision up to the individual groups as to whether they would prefer to trace the map from a projector or use the grid system. They will have up until the end of January to complete all of their maps.
Throughout the school year we will be able to use each specific map when it relates to our lesson and/or activity. My hope is that in the future other teachers will be able to refer to the maps and also incorporate them into the curriculum.

Number of people involved:

# of
# of Service Providers (work partners, Project co-organizers,
technicians, animators, etc.)
Women over 24 2
Men over 24 2
Girls 15-24 2
Boys 15-24 15
Girls under 15 2
Boys under 15 5


Item Number Unit Cost Total Cost
White paint 1 15.000 15.000
Colorants: blue, black, red, yellow 4 3.000 12.000
Colorant: brown 1 3.500 3.500
Paint brushes (packet of 10) 1 2.000 2.000
Scotch tape 1 700 700
1 L varnish 1 1.700 1.700
Paint roller 1 1.200 1.200
Black permanent marker 1 500 500
Total 36.600

Amount Requested: 36.600

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