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Brooklyn and Tanzania: A Global Connection

The theme for the June 15-18, 2017 Friends Association for Higher Education (FAHE) Conference is Global Education, Global Quakerism. Middle School teacher Marna Herrity will present at the conference about the Brooklyn Friends and Kisangura Friends (Mugumu, Tanzania) sister school relationship.

Have you had the chance to check out the Brooklyn and Tanzania – A Global Connection student drawing exhibition on the Pearl Street building’s 4th and 5th floors, plus the north and south stairwell landings? If not, we encourage all families to do so before the year is over.

BFS Middle School students exchanged drawings with Kisangura Primary School students with the goal of learning more about one another. After viewing the exhibit, BFS students met in advisory groups to reflect on the drawings. They came up with many questions to send to their peers in Tanzania and look forward to beginning a dialogue that will continue into next year.

Starting in 2002, Brooklyn Friends School has been developing a relationship with the Kisangura Friends School, in Mugumu, Tanzania. We work in conjunction with the New York Quarterly (Quaker) Meeting’s African Education Committee and are supported by Dr. Larry Weiss. BFS alumni Seth Congdon ’05 spent six months volunteering at Kisangura in 2006. Over the past eleven years Middle School teachers Marna Herrity, Kevin Cooney, Ellen Kahan, and Kathleen Clinchy have visited the school to support and encourage the BFS-Kisangura alliance.

If you have questions about the BFS-Kisangura sister school relationship, or ideas/connections of how to develop it further, please reach out to Marna Herrity or Kevin Cooney.

The project description from the gallery is below:

Since 2002 Brooklyn Friends School has been developing a relationship with the Kisangura Friends School, in Mugumu, Tanzania. We work in conjunction with the New York Quarterly (Quaker) Meeting’s African Education Committee and are supported by Dr. Larry Weiss. Over the past ten years Middle School teachers Marna Herrity, Kevin Cooney, Ellen Kahan, and Kathleen Clinchy have visited the school to support and encourage the BFS-Kisangura alliance.

School is free in Tanzania, however, all families must pay for books, uniforms, and school supplies. These costs are very expensive for some families, especially ones whose mother or father have died from AIDS. The BFS Middle School Student Council has donated money to the fund for Kisangura students orphaned by AIDS for the past ten years.

We can learn so much from the Kisangura students, as they can from us. It is a wonderful thing to be connected to students from another part of the world that we know so little about. Students from both Kisangura and BFS made drawings so that they could learn about each other. There are four sets of drawings displayed on the 4th and 5th floors and in the stairwells. Please feel free to explore all of these student drawings through the end of the year.