Five years ago today in Cairo, Egypt, President Obama called for an expansion of programs to connect U.S. and Muslim youth:
On education, we will expand exchange programs, and increase scholarships, like the one that brought my father to America. At the same time, we will encourage more Americans to study in Muslim communities. And we will match promising Muslim students with internships in America; invest in online learning for teachers and children around the world; and create a new online network, so a young person in Kansas can communicate instantly with a young person in Cairo.
iEARN is pleased to contribute to this effort through programs like the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Program, the National Security Language Initiative for Youth, and the Chris Stevens Youth Network.
iEARN-USA looks forward to working with the Obama Administration, like the Clinton Administration and Bush Administration before it, to support the critical investment in online learning for teachers and students worldwide. Globally connected learning is effective, inclusive, and transformative. The new Connected Learning Alliance, The Exchange 2.0 Campaign, Connected Educators, and the new Collaboratory will amplify and accelerate this globally connected learning, which one day will simply be known as “learning.”
We invite teachers and students worldwide to join us and our partners to create new beginnings for your classroom.