At school we are helping raise money for a organisation TEAR, TEAR helps less fortunate people to provide them with fruit and veggies and other important things like education, In unit of inquiry we were looking at how we can express ourselves. and through this we were looking at TEAR and the places they help at. We got into groups of four and decided on the place we were going to focus on. My group decided to do Nkayi, Zimbabwe. Nkayi is located in the middle of Zimbabwe.
Our lines of inquiry where; Actions speak louder than words, We are connected to the world and Beliefs and values can be expressed in different ways. I think the line of inquiry most related to our house building is Beliefs and values can be expressed in different ways because throughout making this project we put things that we believed and valued into the making of the house, like I value fresh fruit and veggies so we decided to put a citrus tree in.
I think our group took a lot of risks in the making of this project. For instance we were unsure what to use as a water tank and drains but in the end we decided to use a bottle cap and some straw. We also needed to use thinking skills to figure out what our scale for our model was. We needed to do a lot of research to help us learn more about Nkayi. Because we were in a group together we had to use social skills so we could be a strong team so we could make a strong reliable house.
Apart from just learning about Nkayi and its houses in Maths we learnt how to find the longitude and latitude on a map. We also learnt about the developed and the developing countries. We also enjoyed watching a video called where children sleep.
We created a small model of what we thought the houses should be like with slight improvement. Before making the model we planed a version on floorplanner. Our scale for our model is is 4cm to equal one meter. The dimensions of the house is 4x5m2. We have created a small garden for the residents to have their own crops. We added a citrus tree so the residents could have fresh healthy fruit to eat. We also added chickens so the residents could have protein to keep them healthy. Outside the house we have one water tank to catch rainwater, so they don’t have to walk a very long way to get a small amount of water. They can just walk outside their house and get some water. Throughout making the house we faced one major difficulty, our house crumbled down. We realised The problem was we weren’t connecting the pieces of clay so hey where separate. Because the whole thing crumbled we used all of the old pieces and stuck it into the new clay structure. We also figured the latitude of Zimbabwe which is 19°00’00.0″S and the longitude which is 28°54’00.0″E. The area of Nkayi is 4,830.6 km2 and the total population in Nkayi, Zimbabwe is 109,135 people. Sydney, Australia is 9 hours ahead of Nkayi, Zimbabwe.
I have created a Venn diagram to show the differences and the similarities.
They speak a different language. In Nkayi they have shops that look more like markets. The houses haven’t got electricity in them they don’t look very up to date. The animals roam around in the countryside without zoo’s or anything to protect humans. The Nkayi’s feet are often bare. Some of their house are made of sticks and mud. They are in poverty so they struggle to make money. Few of the adults went to school.
We are all well educated and so are our parents. Our house are made of reliable materials such as brick and timber. We own houses full of electricity and all our houses are up to date. We have our animals locked up in zoo’s and houses. We have a lot of fun sport courts and beaches which are kept clean and healthy. Our clothing is always clean and unless we want to we will always wear shoes on our feet.
We both try our hardest to improve every day. We both have friends and family. We both have houses. We both love to learn and go love to go to school. We are both grateful for everything we have but always want more.