Key Pals and E-Mail

Your project requires that an attempt at personal contact(s) must be made between your group and :

  1. a person living in the country that you are concentrating on.
  2. an expert in the field regarding water and the country you have chosen.

Here are some suggested sites that will help you establish Key Pals and leave e-mails for experts.

  1. The African Studies Association
  2. WATERWISER -- The Water-Efficiency Clearinghouse
  3. Ministry of Water Affairs and Forestry, REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA
  4. Institute for Water Research
  5. Virtual Africa
  6. African Social and Environmental Studies Programme

Before you try to contact someone, be sure that you have an idea in mind about what you want to find out from the other party. A sample questionnaire and scenario follows:

Hi. I am John Doe from Thornridge High School in Illinois. Our class is studying the effects of water on culture, every day life, and politics in your country. I have a few questions that I would like to ask you.

  1. How long have you lived there?
  2. What is your most notable experience related to water?
  3. Is water rationed in your country?
  4. Thank you for your prompt response to my inquiry. My e-mail address is....

Authors: Bill Meder, Gary Fryrear, and Shelly Peretz, Thornridge High School in Dolton, Illinois
Handbook of Engaged Learning Projects sponsored by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Education Office and Friends of Fermilab. Funded by the Midwest Consortium for Mathematics and Science Education based at the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL).
Created: July 1, 1996 - Updated: July 24, 1996