November 14 – 18 is International Education Week (IEW). A joint initiative of the U.S. Departments of State and Education, International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of global education and student exchange worldwide. It is also a wonderful occasion for me to personally thank the administrators, teachers and staff of Altmar Parish & Williamstown, Mexico, Pulaski , Central Square, Bishop Grimes and Baldwinsville High Schools and all of the families who have welcomed exchange students this year through EF Foundation for Foreign Study.
According to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, “A complete education in the 21st century must teach our children about their interdependent world, and it must prepare them to be good leaders and good global citizens.”
By participating in EF Foundation’s exchange program, our schools and our host families provide an important avenue to enhance our community’s global understanding and knowledge. It helps prepare our children to embrace the diversity of today’s interconnected world.
On behalf of the students and staff of EF Foundation, our warmest thanks to all who are helping to enhance international understanding. To those interested in learning more about becoming a host family, please visit effoundation.org.
With many thanks to everyone,
Bonnie Kastler Loforte
International Exchange Coordinator
EF Foundation for Foreign Study