ISSN 1710-6931 October 15, 2004 Issue 32

Positive Feedback from Letter Exchange Program

The letter exchange program initiated by RESPECT International continues to receive positive feedback from participating schools. An interview with Ms. Nyla Fritz, a high school teacher from Highland Middle School in Seattle, serves to reinforce the success of the letter exchange program.

Ms. Fritz teaches the 7th grade at the school. One of the goals of the Social Studies class she teaches is to help students develop skills to "compare and contrast the cultures of the Middle East, South and East Asia, the Pacific Northwest, and Africa." She felt a letter exchange program with refugee students was an excellent way for her to integrate a service learning project into her curriculum. more>>

Pen-pals For French Students

As a teacher in a grade five class in the South of France, my students and I have initiated a letter exchange with refugee students from Congo.

I teach in an underprivileged area where children don't always live in good conditions. Their horizon is often limited to the small town where we live and they feel as they are captive of a background from which they sometimes dream to escape.

Offering them the chance of establishing relationships with children from other parts of the world provided an opportunity for them to explore these places with the help of their pen-pals. more>>



Mohomou campus

Mohomou Refugee School campus.


RESPECT Partners Hope to Participate in Roots & Shoots

The Agoro Community Development Association (ACDA) and RESPECT International will begin working with Partnerships in Understanding (PIU). Partnerships in Understanding is a correspondence program that pairs Roots & Shoots groups from around the world. By sharing information and ideas, young people have the opportunity to celebrate their own cultures and learn about those of others. more>>


RESPECT Attracting Attention of French Speakers

There are now 17 French speaking classes from France, Canada, Russia, and Brazil that have requested refugee pen-pals. It gathers 405 students aged 6 to 17 (plus 3 adults who learn French in Brazil) who will initiate a letter exchange with young refugees living in Congolese camps. Eleven classes already have pen-pals assigned. The other six are looking forward to receiving names and information about their future pen-pals. Dieudonné AMISI MUTAMBALA, RESPECT Country Representative in Congo, is working to find refugee classes matching these last demands.

More Computers Destine For Refugee Schools

RESPECT has sent twelve computers to two schools inGuinea through the World Computer Exchange (WCE). Two of the computers are destined for Laine Refugee School thanks to the fundraising efforts of Stevenson Britannian Adult Learning Centre, Winnipeg Canada. Ten of the computers are destined for Mohomou Refugee School thanks to the fundraising efforts of Judy Huynh, her class at Palo Community School and her church, LeValley United Methodist. WCE is also proud to annouce this is their first shipment of computers to Guinea!

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