Humphrey Fellow Nampoiniaina Rabenasolo spoke with 5th-8th
grade students at Wellwood Middle School in the Fayetteville-Manlius School
District in December. His talk focused
on perceptions people have based on media coverage and how society I impacted
by the media . One student wondered how
much information people in Madagascar hear about what is happening in the U.S.
and was surprised to learn that the majority of information about America emanates
from Hollywood films. Nampoina also
talked about student life in his native Madagascar, the limited number of television
channels and the fact that the internet is not nearly as pervasive and is
non-existent in schools. The talk was
organized by Wellwood 8th grade social studies teacher Joann Harrod
and the school store student organizers.