Publication Date

2011

Degree Name

MA in International Education

First Advisor

Richard Rodman

Abstract

The Water Project is a short term, faculty-led program, which will address the global water crisis by using the strengths of Alfred University (AU). The Water Project will include students from five different disciplines -Engineering, Art, Business, Language, and Anthropology- and have them work in collaboration with each other and the faculty of AU to create low-cost, ceramic water filters for a community in need of a clean water source in a rural area of Burkina Faso. The Water Project is not intended to be an imposing force on the community, but a welcomed collaborator that works to create a reciprocal partnership with the community. Although only one small step towards addressing the global water crisis, the Water Project is a responsible and bold first step for AU.

The purpose of the Water Project is to form a reciprocal partnership between AU and a community in Gourma, Burkina Faso. This partnership will help to provide the basic human right of clean water. The program is designed to be a mutually beneficial arrangement between two vastly different populations: the community in Burkina Faso and AU. The program will work best if the community and AU collaborate and exchange ideas together to help create a mutual bond.

The Water Project will bring light to the work being done in the area of host community evaluation and drive the field of international education towards furthering the research in this area. The Water Project will provide AU with an example of the best practices in the field of international education in the area of short term, faculty-led programming.

Disciplines

Inequality and Stratification | Water Resource Management

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