This past June, DSST: College View’s Jacquelyn Seigle, DSST: Green Valley Ranch High School’s Jeremy Wickenheiser, and DSST: Stapleton High School’s Jeff Hollenbach spent 12 days examining, first-hand, the Ugandan and Rwandan education systems and determining how best to build sustainable partnerships in East Africa.
The teachers, who partnered with the Global Livingston Institute (GLI), were able to talk with students, educators, and parents concerning their hopes for the future of African education and share several quintessential aspects of DSST’s culture and mission.
While there, they noticed a bright entrepreneurial spirit focused largely on tech-based products and social action organizations. They spoke with the Entusi Women’s Association, the founders of mobile app start-up company HeHe, and the president of kLab, a collaborative workspace for IT entrepreneurs.
As it stands, DSST and GLI are actively pursuing avenues for collaboration with partners in Uganda and Rwanda—relationships they are hopeful will be reciprocal, sustainable, and mutually beneficial.
Jeremy Wickenheiser commented, “At DSST we talk a lot about providing students with a values-based education and this can be modeled in a classroom, but it is imperative to provide students with the time and space outside of the classroom to practice living these values.”
Practicing curiosity themselves, Jeremy, Jacquelyn, and Jeff explored every aspect of the Ugandan and Rwandan education systems—from studying biology standards to exploring the technology present in schools, to classroom observations.
Ultimately this trip started a rich and exciting conversation concerning the possibility of learning and growing from those in other cultures and other education systems.
Jeremy, Jacquelyn, and Jeff are all excited about sharing their experience with the entire DSST team. It will be a group effort to ensure that we can begin to foster successful partnerships with organizations in East Africa. If you see them in the hallways, feel free to ask them any questions you may have!