I’m off Monday, May 23rd, to Kampala, Uganda to work with teachers at the Circle of Peace School on developing and implementing curriculum on energy, sustainability, and development that builds on the technological innovations brought to the school by AHEAD Energy in Rochester. Beyond what I learn over the next weeks, I have several goals. One is to for the school become a community resource on energy and sustainability. A second goal is to develop a partnership between Peace School in Uganda and the Harley School in Rochester, NY. (For a longer description of the project, see the Warner School website news story: New Interdisciplinary Curriculum Enables Schools to Pioneer Global Environmental Sustainability Efforts http://www.rochester.edu/news/show.php?id=3627.
This is a new area for me. While I have been writing about increasing global inequality, I have been able to do so from the safe confines of my office. Now, I am off to see what I can actually do. It is critically important that developing countries have access to energy and other resources while at the same time trying not to contribute to global climate change.
I will try to blog regularly. I should add that while a student was initially coming along with me, she recently dropped out of the project for family and personal reasons. However, two students from the University of Rochester Medical School may join me in a week. Energy and health are intertwined. For example, the use of firewood in cooking stoves not only leads to deforestation but also contributes to 1.2 million deaths per year. It will be fascinating to see what we can do.
I depart Uganda on June 13th for the World Council of Comparative Education Societies conference in Istanbul, where I will be presenting two papers, one on globalization, neoliberalism, and inequality, a second on our work in Uganda. I will say more about those papers as I get them written!