Live Face to Face Interaction with Africa

by  Oiada International

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Spend time talking with and interviewing regional experts and students from Ghana on a topic(s) of your choice. Experts at Oiada International and Ghanian students from local schools are at your disposal. This is your unique opportunity to choose a topic for a tailor-made presentation and have your students engage in live interaction with their peers from Ghana and other countries. We also welcome suggestions for “customized” topics/specialties to serve your class's specific area of interest.
Sample topics may include:
• Ambassador Program - Students of the United States and other countries will team with a sister school in Cape Coast, Ghana to represent their country, their schools and themselves. Students on both sides of the ocean will meet regularly to compare research conducted on selected topics. The final results will be presented to each other in an innovative and creative format at the end of the first semester.
• Learn African Music - Music is an international form of communication that can be understood and expressed beyond the limitations of language. In some African and Asian cultures, there is no word associated with the word “music” because it is so closely integrated with the daily living of people! Our goal is to teach students to learn and appreciate their culture and cultures around the world as a central part of their curriculum. The sharing of music from different cultures provides for a very rewarding cultural exchange experience.
• Create African Arts and Crafts- Oiada offers an interactive educational session on dying cloths with Adinkra symbols. Adinkra symbols have been part of the Ghanaian culture for centuries. The first part of the session will teach the history and significance of the symbols and their impact on the Ghanaian culture today. In the second part of the session, we will give a demonstration on cloth dying. The third part will be a “show and tell” with both sides to presenting the final product. Finally, the instructors of the ANCC will teach the students how to traditionally wrap their new garments.
• Learn to Cook African Dishes - Oiada would like to give a demonstration on preparation of foods indigenous to Ghana. The interactive session will include a demonstration of traditional techniques with common foods such as Cassava, Plantain, FuFu and Banku. Our goal is to teach students to learn and appreciate their culture and cultures around the world as a central part of their curriculum. The sharing of food and facts is conducted in a fun way that provides a very rewarding cultural exchange.
• Tour of the Cape Coast Slave Castles - Like the tour President Obama took in 2009 and experience what life was like inside the dungeon of the Cape Coast Castle. Experience what life was like inside the dungeon of the Cape Coast Castle. See the conditions the enslaved Africans were forced to endure before being loaded onto ships destined for the western world. Hear the stories of what they experienced during months and years in these dungeons from some of the descendants of the enslaved Ghanaians. You will be able to ask questions during our program as you learn about the Cape Coast Dungeons.

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Multipoint: $175.00
Multipoint Premium: $150.00
View Only: 75.00
View Only Premium: $50.00
Point to Point: $175.00
Point to Point Premium: $150.00
By Request: $175.00
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1 Hour

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Pre-K Students, Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Parent, Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons Content Providers: Content Providers

Minimum participants:

No Minimum

Maximum participants:

There is no maximum

Primary Disciplines

Best Practice, Career Education, Character Education, Collaboration, Community Interests, Economics/Business, Family & Consumer Science, Fine Arts, Foreign/World Languages, Gifted & Talented, Health/Physical Education, Industrial Technology, International, Language Arts/English, Leadership, Literacy, Mathematics, Performing Arts, Problem Solving, Reading, Sciences, Service Learning, Social Studies/History, Special Education, Special Needs, Standards, Technology/Information Science, Writing

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

We will not charge for programs cancelled due to nature i.e. snow days. The full fee will be charged to sites which cancel with less than 48 hours notice.

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Oiada International

Elizabeth, NJ
United States

Oiada International is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that has been providing award-winning educational and experiential programs via videoconference that takes learning beyond the four walls of the school building. Since the opening of our NJ and Ghana, West Africa centers in 2009, over 500,000 students in 50 US states and 77 countries worldwide have engaged in our programs. What differentiates our programs from other distance learning programs is that we give students the opportunity to interact “LIVE” face to face with their international peers in order to develop educational/cultural awareness and relationships. 

The primary goal of Oiada is to prepare students for the global workforce and empower them to become 21st century global citizens and world leaders. One way to make education relevant is to provide students with the necessary learning tools and opportunities so they gain the core competencies necessary to understand and appreciate the world in which they live while caring enough about others to want to make a global difference. Global education is not a new idea…but how to deliver that education is where we excel. Oiada’s programs provides a unique opportunity for educational and cultural growth, which gives students an edge in the classroom and a head start in life.

Darryl Batts

Program Details


1. Introduction to presenter/program topic
2. Discussion of topic
3. Question & Answer session throughout the course of the presentation
4. Review
5. Wrap up


Explore, engage discussion, and develop an appreciation of the topic selected in this custom presentation developed specifically for your class

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Geography Standard 1:

How to Use Maps and Other Geographic Representations, Tools, and Technologies to Acquire, Process, and Report Information From a Spatial Perspective

Geography Standard 10:

The Characteristics, Distribution, and Complexity of Earth’s Cultural Mosaics.

Geography Standard 6:

How Culture and Experience Influence People’s Perceptions of Places and Regions.

Geography Standard 14: How Human Actions Modify the Physical Environment

History Standard 1: Comparative characteristics of societies in the Americas, Western Europe, and Western Africa that increasingly interacted after 1450.

Standard 1C: Comparative characteristics of societies in the Americas, Western Europe, and Western Africa that increasingly interacted after 1450.

Standard 1D
The student understands the differences and similarities among Africans, Europeans, and Native Americans who converged in the western hemisphere after 1492.

History Standard 2:

Era 1: Three Worlds Meet (Beginnings to 1620)

How early European exploration and colonization resulted in cultural and ecological interactions among previously unconnected peoples.

Standard 2A
The student understands the stages of European oceanic and overland exploration, amid international rivalries, from the 9th to 17th centuries.

Standard 2B
The student understands the Spanish and Portuguese conquest of the Americas.

Era 2 : Colonization and Settlement (1585-1763)

Standard 1
Why the Americas attracted Europeans, why they brought enslaved Africans to their colonies, and how Europeans struggled for control of North America and the Caribbean

Standard 1A

The student understands how diverse immigrants affected the formation of European colonies.

Standard 1B

The student understands the European struggle for control of North America.

Standard 3
How the values and institutions of European economic life took root in the colonies, and how slavery reshaped European and African life in the Americas

Standard 3A
The student understands colonial economic life and labor systems in the Americas.

Standard 3B
The student understands economic life and the development of labor systems in the English colonies.

Standard 3C
The student understands African life under slavery.


Students adjust their use of spoken, written, and visual language (e.g., conventions, style, vocabulary) to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and for different purposes.


Students employ a wide range of strategies as they write and use different writing process elements appropriately to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes.


Students apply knowledge of language structure, language conventions (e.g., spelling and punctuation), media techniques, figurative language, and genre to create, critique, and discuss print and nonprint texts.


Students conduct research on issues and interests by generating ideas and questions, and by posing problems. They gather, evaluate, and synthesize data from a variety of sources (e.g., print and nonprint texts, artifacts, people) to communicate their discoveries in ways that suit their purpose and audience.


Students use a variety of technological and information resources (e.g., libraries, databases, computer networks, video) to gather and synthesize information and to create and communicate knowledge.


Students develop an understanding of and respect for diversity in language use, patterns, and dialects across cultures, ethnic groups, geographic regions, and social roles.