TED Talks A whirlwind of energy and ideas, Stephen Ritz is a teacher in New York's tough South Bronx, where he and his kids grow lush gardens for food, greenery -- and jobs.
This is a step-up from previous posts about growing food in school settings. Not only is Ritz a great, arm-waving presenter, but the work is pretty damn good. Education, food, sales, skills, job, leading to further education and greater opportunities.
Results speak for themselves: The kids in his class went from 43% attendance to 90-something%. As you can see, that really stuck with me. They also made money to reinvest in the project, and went to college.
More and more we hear the same cry: invest in education!
Again, there is the technology of "21st century lighting" (which made "21st century money!"), and funding via grants, but the sense of breaking down the barriers which are only mental is truly there, using whatever space available. In that line, one of the commenters mentioned a similar project in Kinshasa - more updates coming if I can get 'em.