WASHINGTON and CAPE TOWN – May 17, 2016 – The World Affairs Council-Washington, DC’s (WAC-DC) inaugural Global Education Teacher-International Exchange Program (GET-IEP), between the United States and South Africa will conclude in mid-June. The year-long teacher exchange program, between 6 Washington, DC area and 6 Johannesburg high school educators provides a two-way cultural exchange and professional development opportunity for teachers. The program was made possible by a generous grant from The MasterCard Foundation.
In August 2015 and January 2016, the teachers participated in week long professional development workshops in South Africa and Washington, DC, in which they visited their partner schools and engaged in intensive curriculum development. The teachers were introduced to WAC-DC’s 10 Global Competencies and how they can be utilized to teach students 21st century skills such as critical thinking, cross-cultural awareness, making interdisciplinary connections, media literacy, and multicultural communications.
Through the professional development workshops, the teachers worked on cooperative lesson plans designed to give their DC and Johannesburg & Pretoria area students an opportunity to learn from and interact with each other. The students have been involved with letter writing projects, classroom Skype conversations, cross-cultural Instagram projects, and video discussions that analyze current international events.
The program was led by Ms. Amanda Stamp, WAC-DC Director – Global Education. All of the US and South African teachers who participated will receive an Academic Achievement Award for successfully completing the GET-IEP professional development program.
Tony Culley-Foster, President & CEO of WAC-DC will travel to Cape Town, South Africa on May 16-21 to meet with South African government, corporate, civil society, educational, and media representatives to discuss the results produced by the 2015/16 GET-IEP pilot project.
“The World Affairs Council-DC has gained national recognition for its expertise in the teaching of teachers of global education and the techniques needed by educators to multiply that learning for high school students in the United States and South Africa,” said Mr. Culley-Foster. “Through the expansion of the programs begun in Johannesburg & Pretoria and Washington, DC we intend to establish new GET-IEP programs in Cape Town and throughout South Africa and the United States in 2016-2020.”
His Excellency Mninwa Mahlangu, Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa to the United States has been a leading champion for the establishment of the US-South Africa – GET-IEP. “Our hope lies in programs such as the global education teacher exchange between Gauteng and Washington, DC,” said Ambassador Mahlangu. “This is a platform for both teachers and students from both countries to have a shared international learning experience.”
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