LETTER TO AL GORE FROM SHISHMAREF SCHOOL KIDS
Schoolchildren from the Bering Strait School District in Shishmaref have written a letter to Al Gore. Jan Louter (director) will be forwarding the letter to Al Gore on the children's behalf. In the letter, the children explain that it’s no longer possible to stay on the island of Sarichef. Within a couple of years, their familiar surroundings will be swallowed by the sea. They are asking Al Gore for attention for this issue and support, both financial and in the media, so that the community can be relocated to the mainland. Read the letter [href="http://www.paradox.nl/Shishmaref/briefAlGore106.pdf" label="here"]. Al Gore once spoke about Shishmaref on the Oprah Winfrey Show. An excerpt of their conversation can be seen in the film of The Last Days of Shishmaref.
VIDEOWORKSHOP AT SHISHMAREF
During one of the final weeks of school in Shishmaref in late April, 2008, four students of the Shishmaref School enrolled in a video workshop, organized by Taco Hidde Bakker (Paradox) and Takashi Sakurai (Alaska Center for Documentary Film, Fairbanks USA). By making videos, the young reporters are raising income for the S.O.S. foundation (Save Our Shishmaref). This organization is run by students of the Shishmaref School who aim to support and speed up the relocation efforts of the village people.
VIDEO WORKSHOP 2
VIDEO WORKSHOP 3
PROGRAMS FOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS
These pages present the educational modules for use with The Last Days of Shishmaref. A description of the lesson has been provided for each institution. The links to the necessary lesson materials and contact details for ordering the DVD (Kunstgebouw) and booking a workshop (Nederlands Fotomuseum) are provided below the description. Contact Paradox for any general questions; if you have specific questions about the lesson materials, please contact the institution in question.
WORKSHOP THE POWER OF IMAGES
During the ehxibition, schoolclasses could attend a workshop entitled: The Power of Images. Imagine that the country you live in will be gone in a while, because it will disappear into the sea. What do you do to give the world a wake-up call and make people take action? A well-chosen picture can make your message stronger. Inspired by the story and pictures of Shishmaref, pupils research the influence that photos in the media have on their own conceptualization. In the photography assignment, the pupils themselves create a convincing image to convey a message. Themes like climate change, identity, image manipulation and media.
RECOLLECTIONS OF A DROWNED LAND
Kunstgebouw Zuid-Holland develop an educational project based on The Last Days of Shishmaref.This program was made in the framework of Zuid-Holland Waterland, a project for secondary schools on water and water management. The topic is discussed in detail from local, national and international perspectives, with Shishmaref as the international angle.
Imagine yourself in the same situation as the people of Shishmaref. Your area, village or town is taken over by the water and you are forced to move. What attachments do you have in the area where you live? What holds special memories for you?
In this module, creative assignments encourage pupils to consider the experiences of young people on the island of Sarichef and how they themselves perceive them.
The material and samples can be downloaded via the links below. A DVD featuring excerpts from the film by Jan Louter can be ordered from Paradox free of charge (shipping costs only): firstname.lastname@example.org, specifying 'DVD shishmaref / education'
DVD - EDUCATIONAL
As a tool for the educational project produced in collaboration with Het Kunstgebouw, secondary school teacher can order this DVD for free. It contains four fragments from Jan Louter's film which can stimulate discussion on the effects of climate change for individuals.
Lotte ten Voorde
Afdeling educatie | Kim Franssen
Voortgezet Onderwijs | Daphna Plaschkes