AUNE Alumna Endures Tunisian School Devastation
Tifin Calcagni, MS ’07, a teacher at the American Cooperative School of Tunis, was at the school when rioters and looters overran it September 14. Writing about it for the September 30 Keene Sentinel, Calcagni said, “When we open the school again in the coming weeks, we will be sending a message that respect, learning and hope are stronger than hate.”
School staff and community members worked to reopen the school to its high school students on October 2. No one was hurt, but the buildings had sustained $5 million in damages by the rioters, who burned the library and gutted twelve classrooms during demonstrations against an anti-Muslim video produced in the United States.
Calcagni earned a master’s degree from AUNE’s science teacher certification program. The American Cooperative School of Tunis serves 632 students, from preschool through 12 from more than seventy countries. Parents from the U.S. embassy founded the school in 1959 to give their children an American-style education.