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International Education Week this week

16 November 2015

Reposting a message from the U. S. Department of State below. Recent events certainly underscore the importance of building our students’ global awareness.

Dear Teachers and Alumni,

We invite you to participate in International Education Week (IEW) from November 16-20, 2015! IEW is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. The U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education co-sponsor the event together with schools, universities and organizations worldwide.

As you know, international education develops the skills and competencies among individuals that are necessary to succeed in the 21st century global community.  This year’s theme is “Access for All” as we are committed to all people having a quality education and the opportunity to learn about the world.  Your work as teachers is critical to this goal as you help your students acquire knowledge of other countries, cultures and perspectives, work collaboratively across borders, and address common challenges.  You are a powerful multiplier as each of you has the potential to positively influence hundreds or thousands of young minds.

We encourage you to engage your students and host an event as part of IEW.  You may browse events around the world and post your event at http://eca.state.gov/programs-initiatives/international-education-week/iew-events-2015

One project that might be of interest to you is the first IEW global “Mapathon.”   This event will feature MapGive (mapgive.state.gov), a public engagement program that encourages people to become digital volunteer mappers and contribute map data for use by aid agencies, governments, and NGOs.  Teachers can organize their own local “mapathon” in which teams collaborate to help trace roads, buildings, and houses in various locations to help inform humanitarian aid missions around the globe.  You can map your own community, a community nearby, or one across the globe!  By coincidence, November 15-21 is also Geography Awareness Week. This is a great opportunity to teach, learn, and discover geography, but of course you can do so anytime of the year.

With thanks for all that you do from the Teacher Exchange Branch at the U.S. Department of State

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