June 2, 2010

Language and Lectures

For the past 4 ½ weeks our daily routine has included language study in the mornings and lectures or presentations about Sénégal and its culture in the afternoons.

We heard separate lectures on Christianity and on Islam.  A lecture on agriculture focused on the limitations as well as the opportunities due to the climate and terrain in Sénégal .  The lecture on history emphasized the legacy of the slave trade.  A lecture on education discussed the legacy of the colonial educational system, the high illiteracy rate, the problems that women face in obtaining an education, and the impact that all of this has on Sénégalese society.  The concluding slide linked the importance of education to the Goshen College slogan, “Healing the World, Peace by Peace.”

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