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Clubs at South open doors to students to experience Africa (Continued)

Posted By Julia Lytle On November 26, 2008 @ 6:20 pm In Global Education | Comments Disabled

In a world that seems to be based on conflict, a new club at Newton South is trying to fight that fact. South teacher Karim Dao and a collective group of students founded Teryia, the new club meaning “friendship in the African dialect of Djoula. The club’s goal is to link two different countries, through both their cultures and their schools.

Dao came up with the idea for Teryia while at a conference in Jordan where he met with dozens of other high school teachers from across the world. The motto for Teryia is BOFL, which stands for “because our futures are linked. The hope is to connect high school students across continents and help them realize the connection between different events in the world.

Dao and a group of dedicated South students are trying to build a cultural exchange with a high school in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. “No matter who you are, where you are from, or what you hope to become, our futures are linked, Dao said.

Newton South and the high school in Ouagadougou could not be more different. Burkina Faso is a French-speaking African country that has the third highest illiteracy rate in the world. The average annual income of a family is the equivalent of $150 and it is the 28th poorest nation in the world. The hope is that both sides can learn something from the lives of the other.

Currently, the group is working on making initial connections with their counterparts. The students in Burkina Faso do not have access to computers or the Internet and are now trying to set up email accounts and meet on a designated day to write to their corresponding South students.

Each student from Burkina Faso will be assigned a partner student from South and these student pairs will form an intimate connection. The group as a whole will also form a collective bond through emails, video chats, and other forms of communication.

“It’s a great way to meet people and make connections with people on the other side of the world, junior Arielle Irvin said.

The ultimate goal is an exchange program involving home stays. Students are very excited about this idea.

“It makes the developed relationships much more personal because we actually get to meet the people we’ve been emailing with for so long. It definitely caps off the whole experience, Irvin said.

Despite all the differences between students in Burkina Faso and South students, the club hopes to enlighten themselves and others on how much people from around the world have in common. “These students are the future generation and we must all learn what we can do as a society to benefit the world, Dao said.

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[3] Latino Student Union brings culture to South: http://www.denebolaonline.net/2010/12/06/latino-student-union-brings-culture-to-south/

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