Pontotoc, Miss. (WCBI) -It could be termed… Mississippi meets Africa, for what is adding up to a beautiful cultural exchange with children from Uganda who are visiting with students at Pontotoc Middle School.
Signs at Pontotoc Middle School could be seen Friday tells of the rolling out of the red carpet for singers of the 22 member Ugandan Thunder, an African children’s choir. The Thunder spent the day hanging out with students they meet for the first time.
“And we’ve been traveling to many different states since we came here. Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, and other states,” said Elizabeth Musubika, Choir Member.
“Basically we go through our normal routine that we would with our school children, And the Ugandan children are part of the classroom. They go through the interaction we have with our students and we are interacting with them just like we would our own students so they are getting the American experience of education,” said Murray Collum, PMS Teacher.
The Ugandan boys and girls got a chance to share what its like for them while at home in Africa.
“In Uganda our normal school schedule, we wake up at four thirty, brush our teeth, do domestic work,” said Musubika.
A part of that domestic work includes washing their own clothes by hand….before academics.
“Here you have a bilingual child that can speak English, read English, as well as speak her native tongue, and read her native tongue,” said Collum.
“She is fine, I mean she is really smart as I just now got to know her. And she is well behaved,” said Maggie Martin, PMS.
In addition to the cultural exchange with Uganda, Pontotoc Middle School administration and faculty is being recognized for reaching Positive Behavioral Intervention Support model school status. A rare feat not done by many schools.