Posted on 15 July 2014.
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By Brenna R. Kelly
Randy Barrette wants his students to know there is a world outside of Menifee County, Ky. So he has found a way to take them there – virtually.
An hour before school on a recent morning, 10 students in Barrette’s World Cultures class at Menifee County High School sat in front of big-screen TV. More than 7,100 miles away in Kabul, Afghanistan, students at the School of Leadership, Afghanistan (SOLA) did the same thing.
Then, with the help of a translator, they talked to each other.
And though they didn’t speak the same language, the students had plenty to chat about. In the weeks leading up to the live video conference, students in both countries followed the same curriculum so they would have a basis for their conversation.
On this day the students talked about role models in their cultures, had a show and tell, and finally said goodbye to their new friends.
The class is part of Global Citizens in Action, a program from Global Nomads Group, an international non-governmental organization dedicated to improving understanding among young people across the world.
“The goal is really to connect students across different kinds of borders, whether they are real borders or perceived borders of culture or distance or stereotypes or biases, whatever that may be,” said Allison Finn, a program associate with the group. “And to not only to connect them, but allow them to really collaborate to create change in their communities, whether locally or globally.” Continue Reading