A group of eighth-graders from East Northport Middle School arrived to
school over an hour early on Jan. 12 in order to video chat with
students that were already at school, across the world, in India.
This opportunity, organized by teachers Andrew Luberto and Diana Aiello,
was made possible by Generation Global. This UK-based organization is
part of the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, and is committed to
fostering positive cultural discussions using student dialogue by
opening up a passageway for live video calls between student groups all
over the world.
East Northport Middle School students spoke with students from Delhi
Public School in India and discussed their own individual traditions and
values, what every-day life looks like, and celebrations that are
special to the Northport-East Northport community, like Cow Harbor Day.
Indian students discussed their love for different languages, pop
culture, and athletic passions that are specific to their country such
as kho kho, which is a popular tag-like sport they play.
Students from Delhi Public School also talked about academics, and East
Northport students were intrigued to discover that most spoke two
languages fluently, and were in the process of learning a third.
Both groups also explored different religious rituals and
celebrations—discussing Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and Hinduism and
how these religions impact a student’s identity.
All students enjoyed the conversation so much that another video
conference is sure to follow—further building bonds of mutual respect
within the global community.