The International Education Week was held in November (13-17) this year. Many teachers and students still have little knowledge about what this is all about. It is basically the opportunity for every teacher, school, institution and association to celebrate educational programs oriented towards global exchanges. It is all about teaching and learning about different cultures and languages. Well, IEW is something quite special for me. I certainly wouldn’t be here today writing articles and training teachers if I hadn’t been given the incredible opportunity to get some international education. It is through International Education that I am now capable of sharing my beliefs and thoughts about Education in different languages. It is through International Education that I am able to build up links with schools and organisations everywhere in the world.
So, yes, IEW is something I want to personally share with you even if I think that it shouldn’t be a one-time year event but rather something to be celebrated every time we can.
1. International Education Week, what is it?
It is a way to embrace the benefits generated by exchanges abroad and international education. It is originally an initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education. The aim to promote global programs focusing on learning and studying abroad to create future leaders in a global economy. It is not just for American people, it is now a widespread event with some other International organisations like the British Council taking part in it.
2. Who can be part of it?
Anyone interested in education, languages and/or studying abroad. If you are a teacher, student, school coordinator, business owner, member of an association or work in an international organisation or embassy, the IEW should be a priority for you. You can attend events or prepare them. You can create material that promotes the events and that spreads the idea that International Education is vital for our young generations.
3. Why should you take part?
The International Education week is more than just a date in your calendar, it has to be a time of celebration to raise the awareness of the importance of languages and of the discovery of other cultures. It is the right time to connect with other organisations abroad and learn about what’s new in terms of language teaching and learning.
4. What can you do?
Involve your students in the International Education Week. Challenge them and motivate them, get them to be creative! You can connect with other schools and students abroad. Have them to create quizzes to challenge their mates abroad. Have them to use social media to connect with eachother. Bring motivational articles in the classroom about leaders that have more than one language under their belt. Partner with schools overseas and organise visits abroad. Use students’ creativity to enhance the importance of languages. Create videos together, post them and more than anything else: Spread the word. Languages are key to education and to a brighter future.