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Reflections on teaching in Guinea, Africa


Shahied and Ollie Rashid spent 2 years in Guinea, Africa from 2017-2019, where Ollie taught English as a Second Language. They returned in the summer of 2019, and will share with us their experiences. 

A Q&A will follow.  


Shahied and Ollie Rashid are both longtime members of the Christian Muslim Dialogue and Masjid Bilal.

Shahied Rashid is one of the founders of Masjid Bilal in Lexington. After accepting Islam in 1975, he was chosen in 1978 to be the imam (Islamic worship leader) of Masjid Bilal and served in that capacity for 24 years. He graduated with honors from the University of Kentucky with a B.S. degree in social work. Shahied worked in the field as a mental health counselor and as a certified drug and alcohol counselor. He is now retired. 

Ollie Rashid is an English as a Second Language Instructor at Bluegrass Community Technical College. She recently completed a two-year term (2017 – 2019) as an English Language Fellow where she served an instructor at the University of Kofi Annan in Conakry, Guinea. Additionally, in U.S. Embassy-directed projects, Ollie facilitated English language workshops for Guinea’s secondary teachers and journalists. Ollie earned an M.A. in English and an M.B.A. in management information systems from the University of Memphis.

Time and Location

Date: January 25, 2020, 10 A.M. - Noon

Location: Hunter Presbyterian Church, 109 Rosemont Garden, Lexington, KY 40503

Pot Luck Lunch

A pot luck lunch will follow for continuing the conversation and creating new friendships. Please bring a dish or dessert to share (no pork, please). 

Support Kentucky Refugee Ministries

The Steering Committee asks that those attending please bring canned or dry goods which will be delivered to God's Pantry, or gift cards (suggested amount $10) to Kroger or Walmart for use by Kentucky Refugee Ministries and those that they serve. 

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