ISSN 1710-6931 February 24, 2006 Issue 67

Global Exchange for Change

Being a student in Judy Huynh's class is quite a global experience. Her students get to travel and learn about different parts of the world without ever having to leave their classroom or community in Palo, Michigan. That's because every year Judy engages her students in activities about refugees in order to help them understand the struggles of people around the world. Global Exchange

RESPECT's Pen Pal Exchange Raises Global Consciousness

RESPECT's pen pal exchange has been having an impact on people's lives, both refugees and non-refugees, since it began, and Susan Deaton's students are no exception.

The pen pal exchange started for this group of grade 10-12 students at Central Cabbarus High School in Concord, North Carolina, USA, with a study unit on genocide, specifically in Rwanda. Susan wanted to make it more than just a school project about people far away, and so the penpal exchange began. It has now been going on for three semesters, and involves over 250 students, including students not even taking the class. Global Consciousness


Students receive cards

Students from the Remedial School for Congolese Refugee in Bujumbura show the Christmas cards they received from their pen pals from the Charles Peguy Primary School, Gonesse, France.


Education in Tanzania's Lugufu Refugee Camp

In Tanzania, as in many other African nations, there is a notable difference between the perceived importance of a male's education and that of a female. A sharp drop in female enrollment rates between primary and secondary school and a significant gap between male and female literacy rates are both indicators that girls are simply not receiving the same quantity or quality of education that boys are. For females in refugee camps, obtaining an education is even more difficult.

Tanzania's Lugufu Refugee Camp, home to almost 95,000 refugees, is no exception. While male and female enrollment is comparable at the primary school level, the number of boys versus girls in secondary schools is about three to one. Tanzania

Congolese Refugee Students Receive Cards

Twenty-five out of twenty-nine students in grade four at the Remedial School for Congolese Refugees in Bujumbura, Burundi gathered on December 31 to receive together the Christmas cards and gifts (candies) mailed by their new pen pals from the Charles Peguy Primary School, near Paris, France. Cards

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