Archive for the ‘Education’ Category


GlobalSOMA – Diversity Speaks: Emmebeth

In this episode of GlobalSOMA’s podcast series – Diversity Speaks – we talk to Emmebeth, a Maplewood resident who grew up in a boarding school and orphanage in Ethiopia and found a place for her family here in our community. Emmebeth founded the organization Ethiopia’s Tomorrow, which provides resources to orphanages in Africa.

On May 4, 2013, 5-9 p.m. at Morrow Memorial Church (600 Ridgewood Road, Maplewood), Ethiopia’s Tomorrow is having a fundraiser to support its efforts.  Be there and show your support!


Summer Camps for the Global Child

Summer 2013 is approaching and many parents are asking — what kinds of summer camp opportunities exist for the globally-minded child in our community?

Here are three you may not know about.

(1)  The Global Arts Day Camp @ South Mountain YMCA
This day camp for young learners (K-2) focuses on one particular culture for each session.  This year the focus countries are Turkey, Brazil and Kenya.  Children explore these cultures through music, dance, crafts, arts and games.  The camp is located at Temple Sharey Tefilo, and is an affordable option at $855 for each three week session.  To learn more, click here.

(2)  iD Tech Camps @ Seton Hall University
Offered at Seton Hall University in South Orange, InternalDrive Tech Camp is one of the World’s top global science and technology camps for children.  iD Tech Camps offer an array of day and overnight camps for children ages 7 – 17.  The camp offers cutting edges courses in programming, app development, and game design, mixed in with off-computer games and sports.  Check out the camp’s introductory video.

(3)  Global Leadership Adventures
The Global Leadership Adventures (GLA) program is not based in New Jersey, but offers opportunities for high school students, ages 15 – 18, to travel abroad for service and volunteer-oriented learning in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.  This year, for example, GLA, is offering a service program in India, where participants tackle issues of sustainability and organize a camp for children.  The tuition cost varies by program.  To learn more, check out the video below.

For more information on other types of summer camps in New Jersey, check out resources like NJ Summer Camp Fairs and The Camp Channel.



Film Screening Gets a Great Response!

About 20 people attended GlobalSOMA’s film screening of PLEASE VOTE FOR ME.  After the film, several of the attendees shared their thoughts and experiences.

One young Chinese woman had gone through K – 8 in the Chinese system recalled how she had participated in exactly the kind of school monitor election portrayed in the film.  Her family now lives in Maplewood.

Another young man, currently at Maplewood Middle School, questioned whether the elementary students in the film had the capacity for making intelligent votes at their age.

Also in attendance was the Principal of a public Middle School in New York City who said that the film challenged many of the stereotypes she had about China’s educational system.

All in all, it was a great afternoon of film and discussion.


A discussion of the film PLEASE VOTE FOR ME.


Film Screening: “Please Vote for Me”

Please Vote For Me

On Saturday, October 27, 2012, at 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. at Maplewood Memorial Library, GlobalSOMA will present a free public screening of the award-winning film by Weijun Chen, PLEASE VOTE FOR ME, which documents a competition among Chinese schoolchildren for the position of class monitor in the first school election of its kind held in China.  The film asks us to consider a number of questions: Can Democracy come to China?  Does Democracy work in a classroom?  Are there any parallels to our experience in the United States?

After the film, there will be a short presentation by GlobalSOMA and an opportunity to discuss the issues raised by the film.  Come and join us for an afternoon of film and stimulating conversation about Democracy here and abroad.

Watch the trailer below:

WHAT: GlobalSOMA Film Screening of PLEASE VOTE FOR ME

WHEN: October 27, at 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: Maplewood Memorial Library, 51 Baker Street, Maplewood New Jersey

* Screening Rights Obtained through The Cinema Guild Inc. *


GlobalSOMA Book Group : “Trapped”


On October 16, 2011, we launched the GlobalSOMA Book Group for parents and children in the SOMA community at Words Bookstore with Trapped by Marc Aronson. Trapped is the compelling story of how the world rescued 33 miners from 2,000 feet below the Chilean desert.

Marc Aronson is an author, historian, and speaker whose works inspire and speak to pre-teens and young adults about the world we live in. Trapped is the first selection in the GlobalSOMA Book Group.


More titles will be added through future local events. This table shows some of the other books under consideration.


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