One World Makes Planet Smaller for D.C. Students

Excellent article about the efforts and impact of Connect All Schools partner One World Youth Project published January 2, 2012 by Larry Luxner, news editor of The Washington Diplomat:

“More than 1,700 U.S. soldiers have died in Afghanistan, yet nine in 10 American high school students can’t find that war-ravaged country on a world map. …

“OWYP, a nonprofit organization founded in 2004, aims to fight ignorance about the world by using email, Skype and Facebook to pair U.S. secondary schools with classrooms in other countries, and eventually by broadening the program internationally.

“This is our third year of working with One World,” she explained. “Ours is a leadership elective class where I interview the students to see if they’d be a good fit for our program. We focus on life skills, career development, anger management. We try to help students at risk of dropping out of school early. Being a part of the One World project allows them a glimpse of the world at large. They’ve had sister schools in Qatar and Kosovo — and now their eyes are opened to a bigger world.” …

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2 thoughts on “One World Makes Planet Smaller for D.C. Students

  1. Hi,

    My name is Anjali Daryanani and I work for One World Youth Project. Thanks for featuring The Washington Diplomat article about our work! I really enjoyed your most recent piece on internationalizing education in the United States and looking to Asia as an example. Here at OWYP we’ve all read Educating for Global Competence published by the Asia Society and we’re working to create a skills- and values-based definition of Global Citizenship, which we can then create a formal secondary school curriculum around with measurable goals. What are your big projects coming up this year? We should keep each other in the loop!

    • Thanks for the comment, Anjali!

      We love sharing awesome global collaboration stories, and the biggest project this year is improving the Connect All Schools site so we all can share our stories more effectively. I am excited how this evolves in 2012!

      Cheers,

      Dave

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