Daily Archives: January 15, 2016

Day 7: ‘No Phone Day’ for one group of our girls

From Katherine:

“My pod is very interested in the student culture at ALA and part of that is that the kids do not use their phones with the same frequency as our girls. They want to challenge the Porter’s community to a “no phone day” but want to try it themselves first. So today, there will be 6 girls without their phones. They will get them back at 10 tonight. (3 pm EST). The girls participating are Merritt, Zuri, Gini, Aisling, Emma, Adi, and Abi. ”

What a fantastic experiment! I can’t wait to hear the outcomes. Please note this may be why your daughter may not respond to your texts, Whatsup texts or emails today.

Day 7: Africa Land of Opportunities Day at ALA!

Santi writes, “We have spent all day participating in the Africa: Land of Opportunities program. The topic this year is “Education: Rethink and Rebuild.” They discussed the current needs and trends in education in Africa with several panelists and group discussions about many aspects of education, from gender issues to politics, art, film, economy, teacher support, and health. Great conversations and an awesome all African lunch!….Now everyone is playing dodgeball!”

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Sarah Nzisabira, former ALA exchange student at Porter’s, speaks to the group. Thank you Sarah for your mentorship, care and guidance of our girls while at ALA!DSC_1818-14 DSC_1835-16 DSC_1821-15

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Day 6: A day filled with reflection and meaningful conversation

The girls are all checked into their dorm rooms and hopefully fast asleep. Tomorrow they will remain on campus and participate in ALA’s Africa: Land of Opportunity events and they will present their BUILD Lab work to their ALA peers and ALA alumni. This will be the Listen phase of their labs. In the evening there will be a big farewell party with their chomies and new friends!

Santi writes, “It is hard to describe with words (and even with videos!) the experiences of our group for the past two days. Yesterday our group went to Munsieville where we were able to share the day with wonderful people in their beautiful town. They told us their stories and shared with us everything they are doing to improve their community and the lives of the most vulnerable among them. It was absolutely heartwarming and they left an indelible impression in all of us.

Today we visited the Apartheid Museum. There we learned about a terrible episode in South Africa’s history and the suffering and struggle of many people in this country over many years. All of this is prompting deep reflection and meaningful conversations in our group. We feel very fortunate to have been given the chance to come all the way across the ocean to learn, to think and to continue living our school’s Mission.”

And here are two videos featuring reflections by Michelle, Sabrina and Hayley