Inspire Me! Africa – Film Premiere and Fundraiser – 28 Teachers, 15 Days, 1 Vision

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Inspire Me! Africa takes audience members on a journey with University of Colorado students and alumni who are teachers by profession. They travel through the heart of the Serengeti with its dramatic biological diversity, to Maasai villages, Tanzanian schools and AIDS orphanages for close interactions with the people and cultures of Africa. And, they trek up to the very roof of the African continent on the giant volcano, Mount Kilimanjaro. The film also follows the film’s subjects back into their U.S. classrooms to explore how their extraordinary experiences in Africa translate into inspiration for their students. The premiere will take place on Friday, December 14 at 6 p.m. in Tivoli Turnhalle on the Downtown Denver Campus.

Inspire Me! Africa is directed by Brad McLain at CU Denver’s Experiential Science Education Research Collaborative (XSci) within the School of Education & Human Development. Anthropologist Jane Goodall makes an appearance in the film, to share a story about her most inspirational teacher. In addition, Inspire Me Africa features a heroic former Evergreen Middle School teacher, Leslie Jankausky, who passed away in a tragic car accident following her trip to Africa.

“This film is both a celebration of the art of teaching and a powerful call-to-action to do it better. It’s about how inspiration happens through extraordinary experiences” explains Teresa Bell McLain, producer of Inspire Me! Africa and VP of Marketing and Strategy at XSci.

This film premiere serves as a fundraiser for the African schools and orphanages visited in the film, as well as the creation of a Jane Goodall Roots and Shoots Colorado based program at CU Denver. The Roots and Shoots program will create a venue for Colorado teachers and students to take action through projects that benefit the welfare of people, animals and the environment.

Tickets are $25 for students and teachers. Premium tickets are $100.

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