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AFRICA/MIAMI-DADE SISTER SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP
AT A GLANCE
MIAMI CAROL CITY STUDENTS SET FOR VOYAGE TO AFRICA
CONTACT: Dr. Robert B. Ingram
NEWS RELEASE FROM DR. ROBERT B. INGRAM
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
MIAMI – During its April meeting, the Miami-Dade County School Board approved a request by Board Member Dr. Robert Ingram for two students and a teacher from Miami Carol City Senior High School to travel to Rwanda, East Africa. The students will visit Rwanda from May 23rd – June 4th.
The trip is funded by the Foundation for Democracy in Africa and is part of an exchange program that fosters collaboration between the Miami-Dade County school district and the Foundation, a Washington D.C. based organization. During their stay in Africa, the students and teacher will join an impressive group of students, teachers, and parents to experience student exchange opportunities between Miami-Dade County and Rwanda.
The Foundation for Democracy in Africa is a development organization committed to promoting democracy, sustainable development and economic growth throughout Africa. Founded in 1994, the foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), non-governmental, non-partisan institution with offices in Miami, Florida.
|At the school Board
Meeting of August 22, 2001, the School Board passed Agenda
item K-2 directing the Superintendent to "determine
the strategy for collaborating with the Foundation for Democracy
in Africa towards establishing sister school partnerships
and student exchange programs with schools in Africa."
The School Board has established the value of engaging in
"student exchange" activities with other countries
(evidenced by recurring Board approved student travels to
various European countries such as France, Germany, Italy,
England to name a few). So, why not Africa? -especially giving
the historical ties that bind Africans in America A.K.A African-Americans.
Statement of Need
As Miami-Dade County Public Schools move into the twenty-first
century, there is a growing need to help students develop
an appreciation for all people and cultures from around
the world. In addition, students must develop the skills
needed to compete in an increasingly complex and interdependent
global economy. Furthermore, considering the historical
ties that bind the Americas with the African continent,
and Miami-Dade County serving as "Africa's Gateway
to the Hemisphere", we must explore new and exciting
ways to expose students to the social, cultural, and economic
diversity of the nations of Africa. In light of the recently
passed Trade Act of 2000 (African Growth and Opportunity
Act, AGOA, and Caribean Basin Initiative-CBI) the need for
this educational program for trade development in this hemisphere
cannot be overemphasized. In affirming the significance
of this initiative, President Bush said "No nation
in our time has entered into the fast tack of development
without first opening up its economy to world markets. The
African Growth and Opportunity Act [AGOA] is a road map
for how the United States and Africa can tap the power of
markets to improve the lives of our citizens."
The overall goal is to establish sister school partnerships
and student exchange programs with schools in Africa:
Short-Term Goal: We intend to use the symposium as a point
of departure and baseline for developing a curriculum resource
guide that include activities and lessons that emphasize
the history, geography, politics and cultural contributions
of Africa. As well as utilizing appropriate communication
technology as a preparatory instrument to facilitate future
Long-Term Goal: Is the development of meaningful relationships
by the establishment of a Student exchange process.
To create an enabling environment that allows students develop
an appreciation for the African culture (i.e. social, economic,
political, and spiritual values of the African Continent).
(a) The Foundation for Democracy in Africa will
identify schools for the project.
(b) The Miami-Dade County Public Schools will
identify a feeder pattern (Carol City Elementary, Carol
City Middle, Miami Carol City Senior, focusing on
grades 1, 6 & 9).
(c) Community involvement - We will establish
a community based initiative utilizing NDU (African
Rites of Passage Program) that brings student
participants, their parents, mentors, local churches,
schools, elected officials, professional organizations,
and the entire citizenry to create a partnership that
under girds this initiative.
Quite in line with the African belief that "it
takes a whole village to raise a child", this
project attempt to assemble all stakeholders for the sole
purpose of educationally enriching our children. It is our
expectation that at the culmination of this indoctrination
exercise, a child would be well equipped with the tools
to compete in this "global village".