The team at IEARN-USA is pleased by the announcement on November 20 by U.S. Vice President Biden in Morocco of the new J. Christopher Stevens Virtual Exchange Initiative. The Stevens Initiative is a multilateral public-private endeavor designed to achieve the largest-ever increase in people-to-people educational exchanges between the U.S. and the broader Middle East. The goal is the reach one million youth to create opportunities for prosperity and peace through virtual exchanges.
This important and timely program builds on the efforts of many since 9/11 to empower young people to use technology and new media to help us build enduring relationships with Muslim peers.
Two global education champions, Asia Society’s Tony Jackson and Soliya’s Lucas Welch, have published blog posts this week that go to heart of the mission of our Connect All Schools consortium. Both posts are stark reminders of how little US and Muslim relations have changed since September 11, 2001. Both posts, however, are also optimistic in how much more capable we are—with new tools, resources, and knowledge—to positively affect these relations.
Both Tony and Lucas zoom in on the recent Libya tragedy and importance of young Americans understanding their peers worldwide. In his Education Week blog, Tony focuses on empowerment and taking action in our communities:
The most promising approach to changing this is to make the need known. Students, parents, businesses, communities, national security, and every other stakeholder should identify education as a primary means to greater global competency, security, and stability. Specific focus is needed on integrating…
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