It is finally departure time on our long awaited South Africa journey. The sixteen students who have just completed their junior year at Mount Madonna School are about to step into a very different world. Early this year they decided to title…
The senior class interview with Dave Steward, chief of staff to former South African President F.W. de Klerk. The students interviewed Steward as part of their Values in World Thought journey to South Africa in June 2015.
The African word “Sawubona” means “I see you.” Like the Mount Madonna School Class of 2012 did before them, the current juniors chose this name to represent their upcoming trip to South Africa in June 2013. This unusual learning journey will be about seeing and gaining a new understanding of people in a part of the world that is far different from the one in which we live. Early next summer, sixteen students from the MMS “Values in World Thought” program will leave for Cape Town, which is the first stop on this journey of a lifetime.
“I left part of my heart in South Africa,” commented Mount Madonna School (MMS) senior Quincy Mitchell. “And in return it has given me a piece of its soul that I shall carry with me forever.”
Mitchell’s comment came during the September 23 Sawubona Project presentation at MMS. ‘Sawubona’, Zulu for ‘I See You’, is the name of a year-long project which culminated in a June journey to South Africa for MMS’ senior class. The project was developed as part of the “Values in World Thought” social studies course, a two-year curriculum for MMS 11th and 12th graders.
Values in World Thought Program
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( Zulu greeting meaning “I see you” )