We are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of OneWorld Now! alumna Halimo Ahmed (Maie) last week. Originally from Ethiopia, Halimo relocated to Kenya as a refugee to live with family members in her early years. She once shared her fond memories of going to school in Kenya, where being in school was ‘her happy place.’ “I was happy in school because I was safe,” she said. She loved her teachers, who helped spark a passion for education.
We officially kicked off the academic year on Friday, October 13th with a lively day-long orientation to welcome the new cohort of global leaders. Students from as far north as Ingraham High School to as far south as Cleveland are joining us for a year-long journey of rigorous world language studies, mind-opening leadership workshops and the opportunity to participate in scholarship-based study abroad. We’ve compiled the highlights in a photo essay below.
We’re busy collecting applications for the sixteenth year of our Global Leadership Program. We can’t help but feel that the values of inclusion, equity and social justice instilled in our programs are more important than ever. We celebratewhole heartedly the diversity of our students and the richness that such diversity brings to our community. We stand with all our students… the recent refugees, the first generation and multi-generation US citizens, and the Dreamers.
Creating opportunities for underserved youth to study abroad has always been a core component of our approach to international education. Over the last year, we made a tough choice to scale back our custom programs this summer, so we could focus our resources on becoming an accredited school, launching new programs and enhancing organizational sustainability. As a result, we’ve stepped up efforts to work with other study abroad partners across the nation to create scholarship opportunities for OneWorld Now! students.