LIU Post Connects Elementary Students Across the Globe
Fifth graders from South Africa and Long Island engage in dialogue through unique online project
Sarah DeCamp,Associate Director of Public Relations
LIU Post hosted a live webcast for fifth grade students from Clear Stream Avenue School in Valley Stream, N.Y., to engage in cross-cultural dialogue with student peers from Cape Town, South Africa, on June 9. The event was part of Courageous Conversations Project, a program created by Arnold Dodge, Ph.D., chair of the Educational Leadership and Administration Department, and an associate professor of education, at LIU Post, and Berte van Wyk, Ph.D., a professor from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa.
The partnership was created to elicit discourse on the subject of race, poverty, and schooling, understanding that present day educational matters reside within the larger context of historical narratives. The students, who were all very excited to speak with each other, engaged in discussions about education, sports, bullying, safety, future careers, and current events.
Dr. Dodge, who has organized several of these events, worked with the principal of Clear Stream Avenue School, John Singleton, to organize this event. “It’s always been my wish to start this dialogue, so it was great to see it finally happen,” said Singleton. “This allows my students to learn about education and life and makes possibilities infinite for them.”
“We are so fortunate to be involved in a project that has the international impact that the Courage Conversations initiative is having,” said Dr. Dodge. “The principals, teachers, and students involved in both countries have taken on a challenging task as they examine cultural, financial, and political perspectives regarding educating the next generation of global citizens.”
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