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Hey, HRF Community!
The second HRF meeting for the 2016-2017 school year was called to order on October 12, 2016 at 3:40 PM in Ms. Behnisch’s room, NW225.
Our president Lamisa started off the meeting with an analysis of UNICEF’s month photo mystery challenge. We analyzed a picture of Syrian children getting water. This served as a wonderful introduction to a meeting that was centered around the Syrian refugee crisis and US relations with the Middle East.
We were grateful to have Ms. Ledwon give us a presentation on her trip to Jordan this past summer. She and several other teachers in the States were granted a trip to Jordan through FullBright to observe how education differs between the Lone Star State and Jordan, and how the refugee crisis has affected Jordan and its education. Provided below is Ms. Ledwon’s PowerPoint of her experience:
A snippet of her presentation can be found at the bottom of this blog post.
Ms. Ledwon showed us some very enlightening and thought-provoking videos. One was about the Syrian refugee crisis and how the West has responded to it. Another was a video created by Jordanian girls about gender equality. You can watch both videos below:
After Ms. Ledwon was done presenting, the floor was open for any final thoughts and questions. Ms. Alsadi, a person native to the Middle Eastern region helped us understand the video we saw through her eyes. She explained that it is indeed a misconception to think that all Muslim girls are forced to stay home and cannot have aspirations. In fact, the Syrian girls are often the most educated and the schools in Syria are very advanced; therefore, we shouldn't think that refugees from Syria are uneducated. We are all more similar than we are different.
Our next videoconference with Ukraine is this upcoming Thursday, October 20th. Please come prepared by doing some research: Ukraine Research Resources. Go here to see really cool pictures they sent us: Pictures from Ukraine
We hope to see you at the Dallas Holocaust Museum & SMU field trip on Tuesday, October 25th and at our next monthly meeting on Wednesday, November 9th at 3:40 PM in NW225!