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University of Iowa News Release

July 31, 2003

Advisory: Youth To Attend 'Africa Is Not A Country' Summer Camp

EDITORS AND NEWS DIRECTORS: The information below describes a program that may be of interest to reporters and editors.

WHO: Twenty children, between eight and 10 years old, from the local community.

WHAT: The UI International Programs "Africa Is Not A Country" Summer Camp.

WHEN: From 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. daily Aug. 4-8.

WHERE: The basement of North Hall and other University of Iowa campus locations.

A group of 20 area children between the ages of eight and 10 years old are scheduled to attend the first-ever International Programs "Africa Is Not A Country" Summer Day Camp Monday, Aug. 4 through Friday, Aug. 8 on the University of Iowa campus. The camp, organized by Buffy Quintero and Blythe Burkhardt, UI International Programs staff, is a week of fun, interactive activities designed to help area youth learn that Africa is not a country, but a continent comprised of many unique nations, each with its own customs, languages, religions and traditions.

During the week, students will have the opportunity to learn words in languages spoken in parts of Africa, including Swahili, Yoruba and Arabic. They will also discover valuable resources and information, which can be gained from the UI African student population, students who have studied abroad in Africa and their community.

Activities include storytelling and mask making, Masai beadwork, trying on and viewing Kenyan clothing, learning drumming and much more. Participants will also have the opportunity to eat delicious African cuisine. There will be a free public performance of a West African folktale presented by the camp participants on Friday, Aug. 8 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at North Hall.

For a complete schedule of events or more information, contact Buffy Quintero, International Programs outreach coordinator, at 319-335-0345 or at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, Program: Buffy Quintero, 319-335-0345,