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Montessori School of Denver Participates in the 20/20 Challenge Program
MSD is a small school committed to making a big difference in the world. So we are proud to be a participant in a national 20/20 Challenge Program. It is based on J.F. Rischard’s book 20/20: 20 Global Problems and 20 Years To Solve Them. This project, coordinated through the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) pairs schools in the US with schools globally to work on solutions for global issues, helping to teach students to become leaders in the interconnected world. The Challenge 20/20 Program provides an opportunity for schools to develop globally-based, experiential curricula and to build educational partnerships with schools around the world, while students create bonds children of different cultures. Together, the teams tackle real problems. Our Upper Elementary students are working on a social network with students from Zambia on issues of infectious disease and malaria. MSD students over the past two years, in collaboration with their peers in Zambia, have developed a new type of malaria net that is more efficient and usable for children under age five. The new net is patent pending and the students are learning about social entrepreneurship to raise money to create more nets and supply materials for their partners in Zambia.
Each year MSD students also collectively study a number of the continents. This year, the study is focused on Asia, Antarctica, and Australia.
Here are some ways that MSD students are currently experiencing Asia:
Taiko Drumming Presentation
Asian Masquerade Ball
Moon Festival Celebration
Studying Korean Language
Trip to HMart Asian Grocery
Folding 1,000 Paper Cranes in conjunction with reading Sudako and the Thousand Paper Cranes
Practicing the Art of Ikebana, Japanese Flower-Arranging