Health and Nutrition month 

One Planet International School had a celebration to wrap up our “Health and Nutrition Month”. The event was held at the school on Saturday, February 23rd from 9 a.m. to 12p.m. Students, parents, friends, and health professionals likewise attended the event. The school promoted health through activities run by various health care professionals and organizations such as: doctors, dentists, ophthalmologists, nutritionists, stress management professionals, physiologists, NGO’s, and health restaurant owners. These teams of professionals were available to the students and their families to provide free health screening and advice at the event.

 

We were also proud to support and promote the second project by One Planet‘s Dinknesh initiative called “1 Book, 1 Child”. Dinknesh is a community service-oriented initiative fully run by One Planet’s students. In their new initiative, the students’ goal is to build a community library near Arbaminch for students who do not have access to a library. Parents were encouraged to contribute to this initiative by assisting their children in making a healthy snacks and drinks to sell during the showcase event.

With the aim of documenting what One Planet students, staff and the parents have achieved, One Planet highlighted the students’ work in a published book, including over 40 recipes prepared by the students and their parents. We hope this book will serve to inspire the community to improve the nutrition of their meals for their families, and to ultimately raise the consciousness of the entire community.

 

 

Carrier Day

One Planet International School's 2018 Career Day was a resounding success -- an event which was truly educational and inspiring to students and parents alike.

One Planet International School is centered around the notion of service, and that is what the Career Day was all about. Our goal for the event was to expose our students to as many service based careers as possible, as well as give them an opportunity to initiate meaningful conversations with their parents about their contribution to society will be!

Over 40 professional parents in a diverse array of fields inspired our students by setting up a simulated work environment at the school.

Some of the areas included:

    • Lawyers operating a mock trial, to show the students a glimpse of what it is like to go to court and analyze the verdict
    • Heart and plastic surgeons demonstrating a variety of skills from routine check-ups to stitches
    • An architectural area in which students built their own model houses 
    • Film producers who wrote a script for the children and involved them in the shooting and production of a movie
    • Three captains from Ethiopian Airlines who fly planes all around the world
    • Diplomats and other government officials
    • Anthropologists from Addis Ababa University
    • Geneticists, electrical, civil, mechanical and software engineers, artists, business men and women, and much, much more!

We would like to express our immense gratitude toward all parents, teachers and staff who participated and gave their all in making our career day a success.

 

Farmer’s Market

The One Planet community embraced local farmers and sellers on 4 April 2018 by inviting them to the One Planet compound for Farmers' Market Day. Parents helped their children to purchase food for their families.

The objective of the event was to help the students to 1) develop awareness of what they put into their body and be able to assess the difference between natural vs processed foods 2) develop their communication and tolerance skills by interacting with people of different backgrounds 3) be able to plan, budget and manage their money and learn how to purchase produce 4) be able to appreciate what they have by seeing firsthand the fruits of other’s labor and to develop culinary skills by turning the items they bought into edible food.

The students received assignments related to the event which integrated various subject matters. For example, depending on the grade level, students planned what they would purchase, calculated how much things cost per kilo, interviewed farmers, and prepared presentations. During the spring break, they will use the produce and grains they have purchased to make healthy food for their families.

The Dinknesh Club launched a fundraiser for their first project called DROPS which stands for Drinking Relief from One Planet School. The project is led by the senior class, and they are raising funds to build a well in a nearby community which doesn't have access to clean drinking water. It will serve 30,000 people. They hope to complete the project by the time they graduate in June.

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