Students of Nancy Campbell Academy, a private not-for-profit, Bahá’í-inspired, residential high school located in the city of Stratford, Canada, have travelled to Georgetown to build strong bonds of friendships with the youth at The School of Nations. The goal is to learn from each other and help establish the World Citizenship programme at The School of Nations and thereby strengthen the programme at Nancy Campbell.
The youth of Nancy Campbell worked for months training and practicing in order to be fully prepared to train the youth of The School of Nations in Dance Theater that touch on Social
Justice Issues such as Drug Abuse, Equality between Men and Women, Domestic Abuse, Gang
Violence, and Racism.
A number of the youth of The School of Nations in Fourth to Sixth Forms have sacrificed their free time between classes and after school to commit to learning the dances as well as training to become active agents for social action in their communities.
Since the Canadian students’ arrival on January 3, they have done a few performances in a number of communities in Georgetown and will be having a few more on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 6pm at Giftland Mall and another performance on Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 at 2pm at The School of Nations.
However, raising awareness is only the beginning to the end of an illness. The youths from
Canada are also training the youth from Guyana through the Ruhi Institute, to become involved in the Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Programme. The Ruhi Institute has attached special importance to this educational programme and typically engages older youth as animators of younger peers aged 11 to 15 to help them develop their powers of expression, capacities for moral reasoning, developing a moral identity and an ethic of service to others.
The programme combines study, mentorship and social action.
This is only the beginning of a three year partnership between the two schools, according to Director of The School of Nations.