Andrews Osborne Academy Expands Global Studies Program to Africa

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Andrews Osborne Academy is enhancing its Global Studies program with a 2013-14 all school focus on Malawi, a small country in Southeast Africa.

The Andrews Osborne Academy (AOA) Global Studies program offers students the opportunity to travel the world through integrated academics and co-curricular programs. It allows students to develop an understanding of self and their place in their communities from the local level to the global level, to cultivate an appreciation for others, and to become active citizens first in their local communities and then in the larger global community. Each grade level studies specific regions of the world, periods in history, or global themes, but global studies are not limited to the social studies topics. The global curriculum includes the integration of environmental responsibility, social justice issues, politics, democracy, citizenship, community service, and the skills of cooperation, communication, critical thinking, and open-mindedness.

AOA is enhancing its Global Studies program with a 2013-14 all school focus on Malawi, a small country in Southeast Africa. To help set the scene of what life is like in Malawi, our students will read about William Kamkwamba and learn how he strived to improve his own community. With the help of author Bryan Mealer, William’s story of hope and overcoming adversity is shared in The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope. There is also a wonderful children’s picture book version of his story. Both versions will allow our entire student body to delve into William’s experiences.

In addition, our third grade students will enhance their year-long study of Africa by exchanging letters with Malawian pen pals; our eighth grade students will communicate with students in Malawi, sharing folktales and stories from each other’s countries; and Upper School students will share art, music, journals, and videos about life in the United States along with other global issues. These are just some examples of the connections we are committed to via this project. We will continue to explore other opportunities to empower and engage our students in cultural understanding and learning. We hope to inspire our students to take the skills they acquire at AOA and use them in future cultural projects in our own AOA community, Northeast Ohio, or anywhere else in the world.

Andrews Osborne Academy (AOA) is an independent, college preparatory day (grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12th) and boarding (7-12) school near Cleveland, on a beautiful 300 acre campus located in Willoughby, Ohio. Our Academy offers elementary, middle and secondary education to committed students in a multicultural setting. Enrollment opportunities for the 2013-14 school year are available. Contact the Office of Admission to arrange a tour at 440-942-3600 or visit our website at

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