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Ep 113 Create@State Features NASA Downlink Connection Between Jonesboro and Johannesburg Schools

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This is A-State Connections on KASU. I’m Johnathan Reaves. This is the weekly segment called “A-State Connections and Create@State: Making Connections That Count. In this episode, we talk about a connection between elementary students in Jonesboro, Arkansas and Johannesburg, South Africa. A non-profit organization called Every Child is Ours is a global educational exchange program. Jan Paschal started the organization, which is based in Tuckerman. The program works with under-developed elementary schools in Mexico, South Africa, and South Dakota on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Zodwa Dlamini runs the Every Child is Ours campaign in Johannesburg. Some elements of the NASA Downlink program that Nettleton STEAM has been involved are also used in South Africa. Students there will hold a virtual watch party when Nettleton STEAM will host an in-flight educational downlink on December 10th, which includes a 20-minute conversation with Expedition 64 astronauts aboard the International Space Station. In this interview, I conducted a Zoom call with Dlamini from the Arebokeng Primary School, which is part of the Kanana School Community in Johannesburg. Along with Dlamini was head of the department of science, math, and technology at Selang Thuto, Dineo Maphosa…as well as teachers Dimakatso Mmolawa and Khene Jacob from the math and science school in Arebokeng. Zodwa Dlamini tells about Every Child is Ours. Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.

Johnathan Reaves is the News Director for KASU Public Radio. As part of an Air Force Family, he moved to Arkansas from Minot, North Dakota in 1986. He was first bitten by the radio bug after he graduated from Gosnell High School in 1992. While working on his undergraduate degree, he worked at KOSE, a small 1,000 watt AM commercial station in Osceola, Arkansas. Upon graduation from Arkansas State University in 1996 with a degree in Radio-Television Broadcast News, he decided that he wanted to stay in radio news. He moved to Stuttgart, Arkansas and worked for East Arkansas Broadcasters as news director and was there for 16 years.