This project will provide ten, 5th and 6th grade, students with an opportunity to study abroad in Tanzania this summer. They will Skype and Pen Pal peers in Tanzania and compare and contrast their lives and experiences. With the support of an expert, students will document their journey through videography, photography, and storytelling. They will develop skills in global competency and become future global leaders. This trip will also increase student's likelihood of successfully graduating.
Our world is becoming more globalized and is presenting new educational demands. Students must be prepared to participate in a more advanced economy, and develop the leadership skills necessary to address global issues like disease prevention and climate change while collaborating with people of different backgrounds. American students are not prepared to address the myriad issues and low income students are at an added disadvantage since they typically lag behind in educational achievement.
The Asia Society defines global competency as the ability to investigate the world, recognize perspectives, communicate ideas, take action and make change in the world. Meda Ase's students study Tanzania for one year, develop a business plan with the support of experts in order to fund a portion of travel to the country, interact with and meet students from the country, determine and accomplish a shared goal and generate media, writing, and artwork that reflects their learning experience.
Studies show that students who travel abroad are more likely to graduate from high school and pursue degrees in higher education. These students also experience academic success throughout the duration of their studies. Students who have traveled with Meda Ase in the past are now top performing students and leaders in their middle schools. They are selected to represent the student body as ambassadors and typically volunteer to present their study abroad experience to peers and the community.