Thursday, May 22, 2014
Africa study abroad gets off to interactive start
A group of Bloomsburg University students are spending four weeks in Africa studying at the University of Buea in Cameroon, where they will also take cultural trips to Ethiopia.
As part of their study abroad experience, the students are offered to take such classes as Gender and Development in Sub-Sahara Africa, Model United Nations and African Union, Natural Hazards and Disasters, Multicultural Education.
We were invited to a Reading Day ceremony in Kumba on May 16. The group witnessed numerous traditional activities from the children and faculty of the various schools present including singing and dancing.
We were also invited to share some opening words as well as a tradition of their own. Babak Mohassel, associate professor of sociology, social work and criminal justice, introduced the group and their initiatives with a moving speech while student, Courtney Dunn, invited the audience to join her in a "Lion Hunt" interactive activity.
Bloomsburg students interacted with a group of children participating in the Reading Day ceremony following the reading workshop. Students led the children in new games and songs to entertain and teach them. The children also helped the Bloomsburg students by bringing out the inner child in each of us. Much laughter and new lessons were shared on this educational opening day.
Megan Hallick poses for a picture with a group of children following the Reading Day workshop. The children were more than willing to have their pictures taken with their new friends.
Bloomsburg students await their lunchtime meal following free time. We were treated as special guests at the occasion, and our hosts graciously prepared a full table of carefully prepared dishes for us.