30 Jan Hope Goes Global
Have you ever seen a mummy before? Hope’s 7th grade students had the pleasure when they once again joined peers from across the region to begin research and travel activities for the World Affair’s/Jr. Model United Nations Program. This year, the global competency course is co-sponsored by PENN Museum’s Middle Eastern Center. Students arrived at the museum for an introductory lecture on culture from Dr. Phillip Stephens, Curatorial Research Coordinator of the Egyptian Section. According to Dr. Stephens, culture has to do with a person’s values and beliefs that influence and shape their attitude.
On a tour of the Egyptian Gallery, students saw the mummy remains of both adults and children and learned about ancient Egyptian beliefs. Did you know that cats are considered sacred in Egypt because they kept mice away from grains, which were a major source of nourishment? There have very strict laws about this, you’ll be in big trouble if you are seen hurting a cat!
Students also had the opportunity to share information about their own cultures with their middle school peers. When it comes to values, many of our 7th graders said it is very important to say ‘Hello’ when you walk into a room or a community space, even if you don’t know anyone. They also learned one of our teachers and three of our students speak Patois, a Jamaican/English dialect. Another teacher’s family heritage is Cuban. Consequently, in addition to research, students will have firsthand information about the two countries they’ll be studying. The World Affairs Program concludes with an international lunch prepared by parents and teachers, and a trip to the United Nations in New York City.