One of the missions of a study abroad group from Virginia Tech, Radford University, and North Carolina A&T in a month-long visit to Malawi was to present backpacks to students in standard seven (seventh grade); a gift from the national organization of social studies teachers in the United States.
A typically joyful Malawian ceremonial event, the children at Mwanje School showed their appreciation with singing and dancing.
Patricia Kelly, a professor in the Virginia Tech School of Education, who has made more than two dozen trips to this Malawi, was presented a handmade beaded map of the country.
Link: Video: Backpacks for Mwanje School (MOV | 81MB)
Virginia Tech students, staff, and faculty members traveled to Africa in summer 2010 to teach in Malawi schools for a month. The Virginia Tech group learned firsthand about the culture and the education and took side trips to learn about sustainable agriculture practices, health issues, and cultural history.