“Exploring is to travel through the unknown to learn or discover new information.” Dr Kate Leeming
Kate Leeming is a modern-day pioneer, someone who is a change-maker. She has a desire to inspire, challenge and educate students globally about making positive change to their communities. Before, during and following her latest expedition The Andes, the Altiplano & the Atacama (in South America), Kate wants to encourage students to explore their passions and discover new layers of potential.
There are ten individual lesson plans that can be used as stand-alone lessons or as a sequence of lessons. Each lesson has been directly linked and embedded with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and focuses on the Learn, Think, Feel, Act strategy. The resources aim is for educators to use them in their own classrooms and to connect globally to educate, inform and inspire students so they can become our future leaders that can make informed decisions to create a better world.
Andes/Altiplano/Atacama: Education Resources
This page gives an overview to each of the lessons- the learning and the SDG focus.
As an explorer/adventurer, Kate has cycled a distance greater than twice around the world at the Equator. Kate is a role model for young girls aspiring to take on challenges. This lesson focuses on SDG #5 .
A bike is an innovation that is universal. It is a form of transport that relies on human power- nothing else. This lesson looks at Innovations that have been made to Kate’s bike and asks students to think & put themselves into Kate’s shoes about all the items she would need to take with only limited space. It focuses on SDG #9.
GOOD HEALTH & WELL BEING
Kate’s health and wellbeing are both vital for the success of each expedition. Learning how to cope with such high altitude conditions in the Andes will be important physical and mental preparation for her future expedition to teh South Pole. This lesson focuses on SDG #3 Good Health & Wellbeing.
This is the main focus of Kate’s expedition to create awareness of extreme poverty. This lesson focuses on SDG #1 and looks at two families living in Peru & Bolivia and asks studenst to use their critical thinking skills to understand poverty .
Kate will be riding 3,500kms along the mountain ranges of Peru, Bolivia, Argentina & Chile. These countries in South America have some of the natural and cultural riches that make it such a diverse and unforgettable draw for visitors. Yet it remains a continent where millions struggle in severe poverty, often alongside tourist sites flowing with wealthy foreign tourists. This lesson focuses on SDG #12 and is all about Responsible Tourism and what you can do.
Kate will be riding along the world’s most dangerous road, the infamous ‘Death Road’ that connects the Yungas coffee-growing region with the capital, La Paz. In this lesson we look at the production of Bolivian coffee and examine the concept of worker’s rights, fair trade and equality. This lesson focuses on SDG #8.
LIFE ON LAND
The vicuña is the smallest living member of the camel family and lives high in the mountains that Kate will be riding through. The Vicuna is highly regarded for it’s fine wool and was once in danger of becoming extinct.This is a positive story of people taking action to protect an endangered species. This lesson focuses on SDG #15.
Kate will be riding through a town called La Rinconada, Peru. This town’s claim to fame is that it is the highest city in the world above sea level. It has a population of 80,000 and is over 5,000 metres above sea-level. There are no roads, no running water and no sewerage system – how do children go to school in these surroundings? This lesson focuses on SDG #4 and how every child has a right to an education.
A glacier is a slowly moving mass of ice that is formed from snow that doesn’t melt, even during the summer. Unfortunately due to Climate Change, the Andes glaciers are melting. This lesson looks at SDG #13 and the effects of climate change and the action studenst can undertake to create change.