Giving Back - Education

Investing in Education

Everything we do at Copernicus is framed by a question. Are we doing all that we can to improve the conditions for educators to educate? And not every gesture needs to be large. 1000 small gestures can be as valuable as one large action. You will find Copernicans donating their time and resources to schools in far-flung places. And we do it because we believe in the importance of a balanced life. As Winston Churchill once said, " We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give."

 

The Copernicus Outdoor Ed Fund

In 2014, we partnered with the My Class Needs Foundation (MCN), a registered Canadian charity that helps connect  K-12 classroom projects with interested donors through crowd funding. Certified teachers working in Canadian publicly-funded schools can submit a proposal that describes how the classroom project will benefit student’s learning and identify the resources required to achieve the desired outcome.

Who does the MCN Foundation primarily support?

Certified teachers working in Canadian publicly-funded schools can submit a proposal that describes how the classroom project will benefit student’s learning and identify the resources required to achieve the desired outcome.

How is Copernicus supporting the MCN initiative?

The Copernicus Outdoor Ed Fund supports projects with an outdoor and environmental education focus. Projects meeting the eligibility guidelines will be posted on MyClassNeeds.ca. For more information or to apply, visit: myclassneeds.ca/

Donations to schools

During our travels and through our every-day work activities, we often find out about opportunities to support schools in need. Some of their requirements could seem small, but the impact of giving can be huge. 

 

Some of our most recent donations: 

China

We continue to donate Copernicus products and school supplies, twice a year, to three schools: Lang Dong Primary School and Sha Chong Primary school in Da Zhou and Shouxi Primary School in Liubao. Jim and the Copernicus China team visited these schools in November to personally deliver basics like fire extinguishers, first aid kits and other things that can be taken for granted. 

Zimbabwe

Our Minister of New Wave's daughter, Madeleine, initiated a donation from Copernicus to the Crake Valley school in Zimbabwe, Africa. Madeleine's employer, a local coffee shop that focuses on sustainable, fair trade coffee, invests profits back into the school founded by the coffee plantation.

Costa Rica

In the spirit of giving, we made a donation to the Escuela Futuro Verde (EFV) in Puntarenas. EFV is a non-profit school focused on a curriculum of environmental education and international awareness. The school was the vision of two mums and in 2008 they opened their doors for the first time. Today, they educate over 120 students from 18 countries.