CWU Professors Present “To South Sudan and Back Again” at Central on Stage

Posted: Feb. 27, 2012

When humanitarian John Bul Dau, one of the original Sudanese Lost Boys, spoke at Central Washington University in the fall of 2008, he talked about his personal struggle to gain an education, and his dream to bring the tools of literacy to South Sudan, a country ravaged by decades of civil war. In doing so, he inspired three CWU faculty members to contribute their skills to the Sudanese.

Phil Backlund, communication, and Judy Backlund and Janet Finke, language, literacy, and special education, traveled to the Sudan last March to provide a two-week training session in Juba, South Sudan. This was their second trip to Africa to train teachers. Both trips were sponsored by Ellensburg Morning Rotary Club, Rotary International (RI), and the International Reading Association (IRA). They will speak about their experiences at Central on Stage at Raw Space, at 7:00 p.m. on March 6. The trio will leave on their third trip to Africa on March 8.

Last year, members of the campus community began sharing their knowledge and talents with the community at large at Raw Space, located on 4th Avenue between Pearl and Pine Streets in Ellensburg. CoS was developed in collaboration with Raw Space founder Dean DeCrease and CWU senior administrators.


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