Contact: Crystal Germond
PENPAL SCHOOLS AND VIA AFRIKA ANNOUNCE EXCITING NEW ONLINE PARTNERSHIP
South Africa’s most recognised educational publisher, Via Afrika, has teamed up with online global learning community, PenPal Schools, to help students around the world work together to learn about a variety of topics, and each other.
PenPal Schools connects over 70,000 students in more than 85 countries through curriculum-guided online exchanges. Classes around the world are paired, and each student is matched with a PenPal for a six week exchange. Via Afrika have developed a first course for PenPal Schools entitled Walking to Freedom, which introduces students to the concepts of prejudice, discrimination and racism, and tells the stories of civic leaders who dedicated their lives to freedom, justice and equality.
Said Christina Watson, CEO of Via Afrika: “Via Afrika couldn’t be prouder to be partnering with PenPal Schools. This first initiative will allow students all around the world, to explore content detailing the injustices suffered by famous civil rights leaders – right here in South Africa and in the rest of the world; in recent times with our own Nelson Mandela, all the way back to the 15th century.”
The course begins with an in-depth look at struggles with racism faced by the world’s indigenous peoples through the 15th to 18th centuries, after which students are taken through the non-violent activism of Mahatma Gandhi. The heroism of Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr, Helen Joseph and Rosa Parks is covered too. The course concludes in the present day with students learning about champions of human rights fighting for change in the 21st century.
By sharing their responses with a PenPal, students engage meaningfully with the content, discovering other cultures and exploring history and social issues.The aim of this course is to help students to connect and discuss these often-difficult topics that confront people. Walking to Freedom will hopefully inspire students to become advocates for peace and champions for change in their own communities.
"We're extremely excited to partner with Via Afrika to bring this fantastic course to learners around the world," said PenPal Schools founder Joe Troyen. "We started PenPal Schools to help to build understanding and respect for all people and this course will teach our PenPals about leaders who fought for those ideals."
Walking to Freedom is now available to PenPal School students, teachers and schools around the world, free of charge, on both Android and Apple devices. To learn more and sign up visit http://bit.ly/walkingtofreedom.
More about PenPal Schools
PenPal Schools is a global learning community where over 70,000 students in more than 85 countries connect through curriculum-guided online exchanges. Students of all ages learn together through FREE standards-aligned courses to discover other cultures, learn about global issues, and practice foreign languages. PenPal Schools has won multiple international awards and was recognised by the President of the United States as one of the world’s leading social impact companies. PenPals School is based in Austin, Texas. For more information, please visit www.penpalschools.com or connect on Facebook (facebook.com/PenPalSchools), Twitter (twitter.com/penpalschools), or Instagram (instagram.com/penpalschools/).
More about Via Afrika
Via Afrika is a leading publisher of quality educational textbooks and related material for South Africa and southern African countries. With 65 years of experience, the company develops content that meets the needs of learners from early childhood development to Grade 12, and TVET (vocational) Levels 2 to 4, as well as Adult Education in print and electronic formats. The high-quality educational material is currently being used by thousands of learners and teachers countrywide. Via Afrika has been developing digital content for more than a decade. For more information, please visit: www.viaafrika.com or connect on Facebook (facebook.com/ViaAfrika) or Twitter (twitter.com/ViaAfrikaZA).