Debbie, a reader of ours, has entered the Aviva Community Fund challenge with a great idea of creating a Straw Bale Tipi Village. In order for this project to win the challenge, it needs to receive the most votes. Below is a description of the project as well as a link for you to vote for it.
Challenging Youth at Risk into building a Straw Bale Tipi village as an alternative education learning model. The necessities of math, science, learning architectural design, basic engineering, importance of blueprint reading and drafting, construction safety skills would be learned by the Youth at Risk who participate in this building project. Other possible jobs skills learned on the job and possible accreditation through the participation of this project would include WHIMS, First Aid, CPR, and other.
The ideal outcome expected to be achieved from the Straw Bale Tipi village is multiplied by ten. Throughout the building of this project, traditional life skills, work ethics, importance of social inclusion, positive interpersonal communication skills and cooperative team building are learned by the Youth at Risk groups as they work alongside their working facilitators and mentors. Recognition of their own achievements in combination of the outcome of the building structure and its possibilities may lead towards the development of a grassroots vision.
Not only would this be an alternative education learning project for Youth at Risk, it would increase Green Energy awareness, use of local Natural Resource and creating viable and possible Aboriginal Eco-tourism opportunities as well as a create permanent structure for future Youth at Risk workshops.
The Straw Bale tipi village may serve as a cultural identity landmark for First Nations; encourage multicultural relationships and understanding should Aboriginal eco-tourism increase.
To vote for this project, please click here.