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March 29, 2011

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South African Early Childhood Ed Team Visiting Bridgeport To Observe Best Practices

BRIDGEPORT – A team of Early Childhood Education specialists from South Africa’s Royal Bafokeng Kingdom is in  the Bridgeport area to observe and interact with the area’s early childhood education community. Among their goals is to gather information to be used to help create an early childhood education lab school back home. As part of the visit, the South African contingent will is spending  days at HCC attending workshops and discussions and conducting focused observations at HCC’s nationally acclaimed Early Childhood Education Laboratory School, which President Clinton described in a 1998 visit here as “what every child in America needs.”  The group will be HCC for the workshops and focused observations 4/4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. After the visit, HCC will offer online courses for Bridgeport and South African ECE specialists and create an online discussion board that will link HCC’s lab school with the new lab school being set up in South Africa. The visit is made possible through $110,000 in Rotary grants.  The South African contingent is staying with area Rotarians, including HCC President Anita T. Gliniecki of Monroe.