Vinland’s Thomas headed to Ethiopia during July
Alica Thomas, fourth/fifth grade teacher at Vinland Elementary School has been invited to participate in “Ethiopia for Teachers” this summer.
She will spend the month of July with 12 other American educators in Ethiopia to study the African nation’s language and culture and develop classroom lessons for U.S. school children.
Thomas and the other participants will spend 12 days in Ethiopia’s capital city, Addis Ababa, and 19 days touring the rest of the country. The teachers will visit schools, learn about the geography and culture in regions both north and south of Addis Ababa, explore the roots of modern Christian and Muslim faiths, see the stunning landscapes and explore the challenges that modern Ethiopia faces.
The program participants will also be asked to organize a book exchange between their students in America and those they’ll meet on the trip. This will involve bookmaking activities, where books made by schoolchildren in both countries will be translated and shared across the borders.
This project is supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program and is in collaboration with Ethiopia Reads, a nonprofit organization working to increase literacy and provide the country’s schoolchildren with books.