This week, our class began presenting on the various topics that we have been researching for the past month. The first group to present focused on the culture of Namibia. We heard a wide variety of interesting facts, as well as the history of the different tribes in Namibia. I think that it is so interesting that there is a ¼ chance that each one of us is a descendent of a Namibian tribe! Thanks for all of those interesting facts, culture team! It’s really important that our class understands and respects the culture of Namibia, and I definitely feel well informed after that presentation!
On wednesday, the government and politics group presented! It was very clear that each person in this group has a passion for this topic. The Namibian government is very different from the United States, and this group also did a great job of informing the class on the most important facts that we should have a good understanding of. This group focused on international relations, the poverty and wealth gap, environmental and social policies, as well as the history and how the variety of political parties came to be. This presentation, without a doubt, helped our class better understand the history of the country! We can’t wait to hear more from the other groups!
We also go the opportunity to hear from Professor Heidi Frontoni who teaches in the African American Studies department and was the mentor for the Periclean Scholars Ghana class of 2010. She gave us amazing insight of how we should approach our project and set our future goals. She advised us not to focus on the rockstar topics that we cannot get our hands around such as HIV/AIDS orphans, because we will not be able to make a difference in that sort of area. She said that it would be beneficial to focus on something simple and manageable and set clear goals and strive towards meeting benchmarks to reach them. She highly recommended that we make a 3 year plan individually and as a class, to help us stay on track, and to help us see where we would like to end up. Because Professor Frontoni’s class was so successful, we should take her advice to heart and start to set manageable goals.
-Katie and Melanie