A group of students from Beacon Christian School (BCS) in St. Catharines seems to be challenging Albert Einstein’s notion that “It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.”
The BCS student council is challenging their fellow teens to eliminate technology from their lives for a 24-hour period in late May, while raising funds to benefit Christian schools in parts of the world where Xbox systems and iPods are luxuries few children may ever know.
The irony isn’t lost on the students when you scroll through the slick website tracking the event, and view the embedded video urging people to support the initiative.
Interestingly enough, the student who raises the most money wins, you guessed it: an iPod Touch.
“Ironic?” the website asks rhetorically.
“We think so.”
The initiative is an important one, however. It recognizes the potential for a growing disconnect in today’s society and underscores the fact that today’s generation is keenly aware of this possibility and are willing to address it while helping less-fortunate peers in other parts of the world.
The students reached out to Worldwide Christian Schools (WWCS) after the event was organized and offered to donate all proceeds with no strings attached.
“We were looking to do something different … from what everybody else is doing,” says one of the event’s organizers, student council president Raymond Van Gest.
As far as raising funds for WWCS, the idea came about after investigating whether or not BCS had a sister school.
“We did some investigating and found that we didn’t actually have a sister school, but we really like what WWCS is doing and what they’re supporting, and we thought it was a cool opportunity so we said ‘Let’s go with it.’”
“It’s a pretty incredible bunch,” says Hank de Jong, executive director of WWCS Canada, of the ambitious students.
“I think it reflects a growing level of global-mindedness in Canadian Christian youth … and a desire to put their faith into action.”
De Jong, whose organization currently has a primary focus on spreading Christian education through Belize, Nicaragua, Zambia and Dominican Republic, with peripheral operation in other regions, says others can learn from the example of these students.
It is really about responding to world issues.
“We’re all aware of the issues and here’s a group that’s actually being proactive and doing something about it, and I think they need to be applauded for that.”