The person I interviewed is Anna Obura, one of the Parent Engagement Specialists at the Southern Sudanese Community Center, connected to the East African Community and Cultural Center (pictured). Anna helps run the tutoring program for newcomer students (elementary to middle school) from places like Tanzania, Sudan and Uganda (to name a few). The interview took place in the main workroom of the center on Monday morning, May 21. Anna reflected on the difficult transition for students from the education system in Africa to America, how it is working with parents and students and why she continues doing tutoring and community work. The interview also encompassed Anna’s own personal reflection of her journey from Uganda to a Kenyan refugee camp to City Heights, all before the age of 12. I felt moved and connected by her passion for educating youth and being a support system/home when we might not have it anywhere else.
June 11, 2018