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"Our World is a Global Village" Academic day camp teaches global economic lessons

April 14, 2008

The Longwood Center for Economic Education will host "Our World is a Global Village," an academic, summer day camp for children in grades two through five.  Now in its fourth year, the camp involves 25 students in economic activities focused on life in other countries and parts of the world including Africa, Central America, and Europe.

The 2008 camp will be held July 28-August 1 at Longwood University. The fee for attendance is $99 for the week and includes snacks and materials for all craft and cooking projects. Camp hours are 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. daily.  A limited number of spaces are available. For more information about registration call 434.395.2461 or email shoresdc@longwood.edu.

The objective of the camp is to help students understand and appreciate that they live in a global village, where people just like them engage in production to get things they want and need. The students are introduced to people around the world through the use of videos that show extended families living in thatched huts, primitive school buildings that lack amenities such as desks and electricity, and children whose lives differ drastically from the life that most campers know. 

Lessons are taught through a variety of hands-on activities such as making s’mores in an assembly line, painting African masks, making butter, negotiating trades for different types of candy, practicing with chopsticks, and learning to toss pizza dough.  Through their involvement in a working economy, students can earn money called “global geld” for being on time, giving thoughtful answers, and being helpful.  They can also be fined for bad behavior and making poor choices.  Students who earn money are rewarded with a shopping trip to the camp’s international market.

The camp is co-directed by Dr. Melanie Marks, director of the Longwood Center for Economic Education, and Diana Shores, program manager of the Longwood Center for Economic Education.  The 2005 camp earned recognition for its content and creative themes from the National Council on Economic Education.

Funding from the Virginia Council on Economic Education supports Longwood University’s Center for Economic Education.