Literature and Culture Exchange Brings Kids Together

Literature and Culture Exchange
Literature and Culture Exchange

Sixth graders in Ms. Suvansri’s language arts class at Eastern Middle School in Greenwich, Conn. participate in literature and culture exchange, discuss themes such as leadership and access to education, with students at a school in Pakistan.

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: