|A PUBLICATION OF THE SEIDEL SCHOOL OF EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL STUDIES AT SALISBURY UNIVERSITY||Winter 2016|
On July 6-August 7, 2015, several members of the Seidel School were invited to travel to Ghana, West Africa, and participate in a Fulbright-Hays grant project called the Mate Masie Initiative. The Fulbright-Hayes grant was awarded to Dr. James King, of the English Department, who also led the trip to Ghana.
There were a total of 12 faculty and teachers from Wicomico County schools who were selected to participate in this initiative. The Seidel School representatives were Lincoln Gibbs (Health and Sport Sciences), Diallo Sessoms (Teacher Education), Victoria Venable (Social Work), Kimberly Clark-Shaw (Advising Services) and Amanda Ampofo-Williams (a student in Health and Sport Sciences). The primary focus of the project was to experience immersion in West African culture in order to create relationships with higher learning institutions in Ghana and to glean information that will be useful for curriculum development and programming for students. During the five weeks, the group took classes from faculty at the University of Ghana at Legon. They learned about history, the environment, sociology, music, theatre, dance and language, including the dialect Twi.
Group members also had an opportunity to visit and collaborate with community members to learn about chiefdoms and other existing elements of African tribal life. The Mate Masie Initiative also worked closely with leaders and educators in the mountain village of Amanokrom. Through the support of the community and Salisbury University, the project was able to assist in the installation of well in the village.Home »
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