Humphrey Fellow Speaks at area middle school

 Wellwood

 An integral component of the Humphrey Fellowship experience is for Fellows to get out into the community as a cultural exchange opportunity, speaking to various organizations and school groups.  Humphrey Fellow Brahmanand Thakur spoke to a lucky group of 5th- 8th grade students at Wellwood Middle School in Fayetteville, who learned first-hand about life in Nepal.  He provided a glimpse into the history of Nepal and everyday life in his country, describing the differences between rural and urban schools.  He also talked to them about how social media has been used to invoke social change in Nepal and the power Facebook had last year in publicizing a peace rally where thousands attended.  It offered an important alternative to how most of the middle schoolers thought of the social media site.