International Education Week 2010

This week, November 15th to 19th, is the 11th annual International Education Week.

“And today, fortunately my new role, it affords me extraordinary opportunities to visit foreign countries.  And during these trips, I try to spend as much time as possible with young people.  And those experiences are what convince me so fully that it’s in this nation’s best interest that your generation get out there, because it’s going to strengthen all of us.”- First Lady Michelle Obama

In her speech promoting International Education week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talks about how diplomacy is not just state to state or country to country, but rather it occurs at the person to person level and student to student connections are some of the most important.

And I think she’s absolutely right.

Spending time abroad, for those fortunate enough to be able to do it, is amazing.  It teaches you about different countries and different people, but most importantly it teaches you about the human parts of all people.  For those who don’t have the opportunity to go abroad, programs within the United States that support international education bring those opportunities home.  One thing we need in the world is more understanding of those different from ourselves.

On the International Education Week website, you can find International Education events that are taking place this week (and add your own, including photos for the even), you can submit your own videos that promote international education, and you can read about the support that International Education Week has from all over the world.

“Today’s increasingly international age calls upon each and every one of us to take a global standpoint and play an active role in building a sustainable future. It is also important that education enables the younger generation – in whose hands our future lies – to develop the necessary attitudes and skills to do this.” – Nobuo Fujishima, Director-General for International Affairs, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan

 

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