Students in Bridget Suvansri’s sixth grade English classes at Eastern Middle School (EMS) in Greenwich, Connecticut, recently participated in Global Conversations: Malala Yousafzai – a literature and cultural exchange with peers in Pakistan that opened minds and challenged assumptions for students on both ends of the partnership. The exchange was a new pilot program facilitated by Level Up Village (LUV), building on the success of its collaborative, global STEAM programs.
The unit began with Suvansri’s students reading I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai, an ardent activist for girls’ education and the youngest person to win a Nobel Peace Prize. Her students then embarked on a two-week exchange with partners in Karachi, Pakistan, discussing themes from the book such as leadership, community service and access to education. In each video letter exchange, the kids also asked and answered questions about their daily lives and cultures.
In this video, Suvansri explains how the cultural exchange allowed students to immediately apply what they were learning to the outside world.
Recent press about the EMS-Pakistan global exchange:
- Edutopia: Creating Meaningful Global Connections
- Tech Insider: The next generation of pen pals will dissect frogs together via Skype
- Greenwich Time: Students 7,000 miles apart find friendships via video letters (article)
- Greenwich Time: Students 7,000 miles apart find friendships via video letters (video)