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MCHS Students Support Education Over Seas

Shoulder bags made by the young women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo which will be available for purchase at MCHS.
 MCHS Students Support Education Over Seas

By Celena Moore

 

Menifee County High School has been selected once again to be a part of the Global Nomads student program, Global Citizens in Action. The Global Nomads Group (GNG) is an international nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that works to create communication and understanding between youth worldwide.

MCHS participated in its first GNG program last school year with a collaborative effort among teachers Adam Adkins and Randy Barrette. This program focused on getting to know and working with youth from the African country, the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

As the year progressed, the program became the main focus of Mr. Barrette’s World Cultures class. The class was assigned to communicate with a trade school in the central African nation. This school was created to help former child soldiers and orphans develop skills in various trades that would help integrate them into the country’s fledgling economy. Students in the class communicated with the African students via videoconference to ask questions, listen, and tell them about life at MCHS.

Through these videoconferences, MCHS students learned the hardships the school was facing because of low funds. To help the struggling school, the class was asked to sell items such as handbags and jewelry hand made by the students in the school.

This phase of the program helped MCHS students define social entrepreneurship, a concept which asks business people to not think of profits first, but of the people involved in the production and sales. So the money raised here in Menifee will go back to the school the DRC. It will then be used to purchase starter kits for the students’ particular job and career, such as a toolbox for mechanics and carpenters, and a medical kit for future nurses.

This school year at MCHS, the program will be continued with a new group of students, also in Mr. Barrette’s World Cultures class. Although the focus of this year’s GNG program will be Afghanistan, this class has been asked to finish the business of last year’s class, to sell the products that arrived from Africa over the summer. They will sell the products sent from The Democratic Republic of Congo. The list includes:

 

Large Bag w/ Purse

$18

Shoulder Bags

$12.00

Jewelry (necklaces)

$8.00

Jewelry (earrings)

$5

 

 

Contact Mr. Barrette at the high school if you are interested in purchasing these products. Email: Randy.Barrette@menifee.kyschools.us

Phone: 606-768-8168

 

This year’s group will design a marketing strategy and sales plan, and then set about trying to sell the products. “This is truly 21st Century learning. It contains collaboration, among ourselves and with an international partner,” said Mr. Barrette. It will be a quick lesson in social entrepreneurship for this group, which will, at the same time, be preparing for the Afghanistan program. Throughout this year the group will have at least 5 videoconferences with peers from a school in Afghanistan. “It is crucial that our students understand this country, where we’ve lost several soldiers and so many more continue to serve, beyond the news headlines and superficial comments of politicians. They will come to understand the daily lives and motivations of the Afghan people, not to mention the various ethnic groups and languages that make up the population”, Mr. Barrette said. He is confident in this group of seniors and has high hopes that they will gain a lot from both programs that will serve them in their university careers and in their lives.

 



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