Public Events

Teacher-led workshop at CCSS Conference, Oct. 26, 2018 

Six of the Connecticut teachers who took part in the July 2018 workshop in Johannesburg, presented some of the classroom activities they’d began with colleagues in South Africa at the annual meeting of the Connecticut Council for the Social Studies. Lesson plans included a comparative lesson on land removal policies in the United States and South Africa, a lesson on the role of music in the American civil rights movement and the struggle against Apartheid, and a lesson comparing segregation under Jim Crow with South Africa’s Reservation of Separate Amenities Act. 

Yale welcomes Sierra Leone Teachers, June 14, 2019 

Yale President Peter Salovey and Marta Moret, president of New Haven’s Urban Policy Strategies, opened their home to Sierra Leonean and American teachers participating in the Transatlantic Histories program at Yale University. 

US teachers meet Sierra Leone President Bio, Sept. 24, 2019 

US teachers working with Sierra Leone partners were invited to attend a reception welcoming Sierra Leone President Julius Maada Bio and First Lady Fatima Maada Bio 

to Yale University and introduced themselves to the couple following President Bio’s speech. One teacher reported back to his colleagues in Sierra Leone that “President Bio said that teachers are one of the greatest resources in Sierra Leone… I think he was most impressed that we knew people from Kenema.” 

Davis St. students at ASA Teachers Workshop, Nov. 23, 2019 

On November 23rd Harvard University’s Center for African Studies was filled with former students and their family members from Waltrina Kirkland-Mullens’ third grade class at New Haven’s Davis Academy of Arts. They were at the African Studies Association’s Teacher’s Workshop to present some of the work her students had accomplished last year. Mary Khuduge, Waltrina’s colleague at the Regents Park Primary School in Johannesburg, participated in the panel via Skype. 

Teachers meet Sengbe Pieh descendant, Dec. 11, 2019 

A team from the UK’s Channel 5 television station visited New Haven to film an episode on the Amistad case with Samuel Pieh, a descendent of Sengbe Pieh, the leader of the captive Mende people on the Amistad. Some of our Connecticut teachers who’d visited 

Sierra Leone and were working with Sierra Leone teachers were filmed as they met with Samuel Pieh and discussed Sierra Leone’s history and the importance of history education.