News Release: HAMILTON, Bermuda – The Department of Education has launched the first cross-campus Social Studies educational initiative.

Titled “Pizza and Politics” and hosted by the Social Studies division over a lunch hour period, the seminar series aims to introduce students to the intersections of geopolitics, history and local activism.

Offered to students at both Senior Schools, the inaugural session took place on January 24 at CedarBridge Academy with The Berkeley Institute students attending virtually.

The presentation and discussion offered a compelling exploration of “The Scramble for South America and Business Land Grabbing Parallels in Bermuda.” 

Ms Shimaine Furroze from CedarBridge Academy’s Social Studies Department, along with Ms Lynn Winfield and Mr Cordell Riley of Citizens Uprooting Racism in Bermuda (CURB), delivered insightful presentations.

“As tomorrow’s social influencers and voters, it is important for Bermuda’s young people to engage in conversations around local and global social, economic and political issues,” said Social Studies Education Officer Nekesha Holdipp.

“Young people need to see connections between home and abroad, yesterday and today. Change and progress both happen when we learn from the mistakes of the past and others.”

Romel McDonald, Social Studies instructional teacher leader at CedarBridge Academy said: “The combination of rich content and the informal setting, complete with pizza, fostered a unique learning experience for all participants.”

Michelle Morris, Mr McDonald’s counterpart at The Berkeley Institute, echoed similar sentiments. She said: “My students enjoyed the interaction with CedarBridge Academy and learned valuable knowledge about the history of Tucker’s Town.”

CedarBridge Academy student participant Leeya Jeremy reflected on the experience in an article posted on online news outlet, Bernews, calling the inaugural session “an insightful and brilliant discussion”.