ISSN 1710-6931 April 18, 2008 Issue 123

The Strengths Of RESPECT International

Since its inception in 2002, RESPECT International has accomplished numerous great achievements. Through the years, RESPECT has gathered a team of volunteers coordinators, editors, webmasters, teaching professionals, e-Zine writers, translators, all working together to increase awareness on refugee issues, build bridges between refugee and non-refugee communities, and encourage participating students to organise awareness raising events for their peers and fundraising events for their partner refugee schools.

Although RESPECT has met its goals, it still has to improve on a few aspects of its general activities. To evaluate the situation and work towards improvement, I was asked to collect the opinion of a RESPECT volunteer, former community leader and non-refugee teacher on RESPECT's strengths as an organisation. Strengths

Global Letter Exchange: A Teacher's Experience

Virginie Breton is a second grade teacher in Saint Vincent du Lorouër, a town located in Western France. As part of RESPECT's Letter Exchange Program, her students have been exchanging letters with Burundi school students since last September.

To take full advantage of this program and make it more exciting, Virginie sometimes encloses fun, useful or simply unusual gifts in the packages she sends. Recently, she also discussed children's rights with her students so they can better understand and relate to the situation their Burundian pen pals face.

Virginie wrote to share her experience with her class and RESPECT's program. We wanted to publish her e-mail as a way to encourage more schools, classes and teachers to participate in this program and play a part in the education of refugee children. Teacher's Experience


Picture created by 2nd grader

One of the pictures drawn by a student in Virginie Breton's second grade class. The pictures were sent along with letters to the students' penpals in Bujumbura, Burundi. The statement at the top of the drawing says: "One day, every child should be able to go to school."


Poster Contest Entry Judging Being Prepared

We are in the process of setting up the judging procedures for the entries to this year's Poster Contest.

We've received dozens of great entries, but the only entries we've received from refugee students are from the Jalaram Academy in Kisumu, Kenya.

If you have sent in entries, please email us and let us know so we can verify we have received them. Send your email to Thank you for your help.


Book Donation Project Aids Students In Sierra Leone

In October 2007, Elizabeth Radziszewski, a professor of political science and a RESPECT International volunteer, gave her students at Yeshiva University in New York City, United States, an unusual assignment that would require them to take what they were learning in the classroom out into the real world.

"I wanted to bring the class material to life by having the students go beyond just knowing about civil war, ethnicity or refugee causes. I wanted the students to raise awareness about such causes," says Elizabeth. Book Donation


There was an error in the article titled RESPECT Educational Program in Sierra Leone in the last issue of the e-Zine (April 4,2008). Lindsay Mossman was the RESPECT volunteer the Taiama Refugee Camp in the Moyamba District of Sierra Leone.

The online archived version of the article has been updated. We hope Ms. Mossman, Ms. Bayham, and our readers will accept our sincere apology for the error.

— e-Zine Editorial Staff

As in any newsletter or magazine, RESPECT e-zine is committed to striving for interesting articles and announcements concerning refugee issues all around the world.

If you have any suggestions or would like to contribute an article, contact the e-Zine editor, Angela Carter, at

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