A Different Look at Rural African Education

January 23, 2020 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
First Congregational Church of Old Lyme
2 Ferry Rd
Old Lyme, CT 06371
Free for members and their guests; $20 walk-in
Paul Nugent
A Different Look at Rural African Education @ First Congregational Church of Old Lyme | Old Lyme | Connecticut | United States

Megan O’Neill, Associate Director of Imagine Scholar, will present, “A Different Look at Rural African Education” on Thursday, January 23, 2020 at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, with dinner to follow at Old Lyme Country Club. Register online at https://scwac.wildapricot.org/event-3638550.

Imagine Scholar is an educational non-profit organization based in the Nkomazi region of South Africa. The organization’s innovative and sustainable approach to education is creating meaningful impact in the local community and re-imagining education systems for rural, underserved communities. Through working with high-achieving, low-income secondary school students in the development of leadership, critical thinking, and community-mindedness, we aim to build Africa’s next generation of change-makers. 


Megan O’Neill has spent the last 5 years working with Imagine Scholar. A native of Connecticut, she received a degree in Africana Studies from Dickinson College. Shortly after graduating from Dickinson, she moved to South Africa to join Imagine Scholar’s staff, where she now serves as Associate Director. Megan spent over three years working in South Africa with Imagine Scholar’s students, where she facilitated classes centered around effective and empathetic communication skill development, developed curriculum for the program and mentored students through the university application process. She now leads Imagine Scholar’s efforts in fundraising and strategic partnership development.


The Rise of Populism/Nationalism in Europe

When: December 12, 2019 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Where: Connecticut College, 270 Mohegan Ave Pkwy, New London, CT 06320, USA

Join us on Thursday, December 12, 2019 at Connecticut College for a presentation by Sarah Wiliarty titled, “The Rise of Populism/Nationalism in Europe.” A reception begins at 5:30 p.m., with the presentation starting at 6:00[…]

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The mission of the Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) is to foster an understanding of issues of foreign policy and international affairs by study, debate, and educational programming, primarily through a Speakers Series of 8 to 10 monthly meetings.