19. Evaluating a smorgesbord of NGOs and finally proposing a project!
All these helping organizations – which is THE one you want to support with your hard-earned money or your valuable time? The ones with the cutest pictures or the saddest oil-coated bird, starving child or abused puppy?
The NGO posters they made for homework flooded in today with animated sharing at their tables then the group leaders chose one to project for the class. Lots of NGOs I had not heard of before, cool, I’m learning something too!
We MADE them use critical thinking and their hard-won internet literacy to evaluate their favorite NGO, gleaned from the smorgesbord of NGO posters and their NGO search yesterday. Much more consistent and higher standard with their third poster assignment of the year. (Finally 🙂
Which give the best bang for your buck? Which are really non-profits? Are they grass-roots organizations or top-down? Do they have a good track record? Does the organization take note of research to inform their goals and actions, they measure outcomes. Do they have experts on their board of directors? I mean, who ARE these people? One was found to be a NON non-profit. Some were ‘global grass roots’ organization – a bit of an oxymoron.
Is the NGO relion-based? For some kids that will fit with their values, but not others. Either is fine for TAP, so long as the NGO uses objective evidence to inform their actions and measure their success.
We’re showing a powerpoint and using a checklist to help kids make an informed decision. A debt of thanks to Anne here, for introducing us to the huge world of non-profits, and for coming in today.