Iraqi Students Visit Moore Square
On August 7, 2018 Moore Square hosted a group of students from Iraq—members of the Iraqi Young Leadership Exchange Program (IYLEP) visiting the US this year with the theme of "Refugees and Displaced Peoples." The group's Raleigh visit is hosted by International Focus, an organization that "supports multiculturalism and international exchange through its newsletters, collaborations, workshops, resources, and its flagship event, the International Festival of Raleigh."
This is the third year an IYLEP student delegation has made a stop at Moore Square for a US school experience. The delegation spent a week in Vermont before coming to Raleigh. At Moore Square the group was joined by Moore Square students and staff on a tour of the school including visits to some classes in session. Following the tour, the Iraqi students met with a group of Moore Square eighth graders and participated in a Paideia seminar, facilitated by English Lanugage Arts teacher, Larry Leslie. All students read and listened to recordings of accounts of several refugees from different countries. Then the students, in a round table discussion, used the evidence from the text and recordings to respond to questions surrounding the obstacles and opportunities that immigrants and refugees experience. Following the seminar, students had a chance to visit with one another over refreshments before the Iraqi students had to leave. The Iraqi student visit to Moore Square has proven to be an valuable learning experience for our students.
Our thanks to Robin Oke on the Moore Square staff for coordinating this event and bringing this multicultural opportunity to our students!