“Somebody’s Child” filmmaker Felicia Middlebrooks spent a considerable amount of time in Rwanda observing the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide and learning from many of the survivors. Consequently, this course not only provides the historic account of the events that contributed to and that took place during the genocide, but it offers a rare, authentic view of Rwanda’s road to recovery. Students of this course will become familiar with the Rwandan genocide in ways that not only inform and affect, but also inspire. The story of the Rwandan genocide and the country’s recovery, demonstrates the role of courage, strength, and community to overcoming tragedy and pressing forward to heal, survive, and grow. As an educator, I know that students will benefit from this progressive, engaging course. As a citizen, I believe this education vital to raising awareness of the impact our decisions and actions can have around the globe."
High School Mathematics Teacher,
Atlanta Public Schools
As a Black British accounting professor who studies issues of race and racism in the accounting field, I found this course especially relevant to my own experiences of being a Black British man, both in the UK and the US. This course powerfully teaches students about the impact of colonialism, imperialism, and how these forces degrade, devalue, and destroy native cultures. Students taking this course will leave their experiences with a clear understanding of how and why the tragedy of the Rwandan genocide unfolded and its global implications that remain with us today.
Anton Lewis, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Accounting
The Rwanda genocide is an example of what can happen to conquered nations who are culturally, politically, and psychologically manipulated for continued control of their natural resources and population. Filmmaker/Journalist FeliciaMiddlebrooks does a masterful job of researching and analyzing the colonization of Rwanda, and how it resulted in one of the greatest atrocities in history. The Somebody’s Child course not only summarizes the documentary film, but adds the extensive detail needed to fully understand the vocabulary and terminology featured in the film and course. I highly recommend that everyone, age 16 and older, view the film and complete the corresponding course, to gain a greater understanding of the Rwandan Holocaust, the events that preceded it, and how the country reclaimed its future.
Cynthia E. Partridge, Ph.D.
University of Cincinnati
This online course, Somebody’s Child: The Redemption of Rwanda, provided me with an intense educational experience like no other. Certain themes that will stick with me, are the power of influence, its long-lasting effects and true mercy. After completion, I felt both inspired and more equipped to promote change where needed. I am now more apt to be mindful of what events take place in other nations, to have courage in becoming involved towards solutions for global issues, not just an observer of them. The documentary acted as a great preparatory piece into the Rwandese culture, and crucial history before diving into the lesson materials, which discussed the key topics on a detailed level. There was also a proper balance of receiving information from the written content, visual media, and audio clips. It kept me constantly engaged, in anticipation of the next lesson. I highly recommend this course to not only lovers of learning, but to the whole of humanity, so they can strive towards becoming an educated people of the world, while actively being a part of the notable changes that take place within it.
Korey A. Smith, BA., BS.
MUSC NIH-Prep Scholar
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