EAST-WEST CENTER’S“AsiaPacificEd Program for Schools”in partnership withScarsdale Schools & the Interdependence Institute
Since 2004 with support from the Administration and the Interdependence Institute, we as a district have developed a partnership with the East-West Center’s “AsiaPacificEd Program for Schools” directed by Namji Steinemann. The EWC is an education and research organization established by the U.S. Congress in 1960 to strengthen relations and understanding among the peoples and nations of Asia, the Pacific, and the United States.
Scarsdale teachers from all levels, have participated in a variety of AsiaPacificEd Institutes, workshops, curriculum projects K-12, and in-country immersion experiences in Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Korea, and have hosted teachers from Thailand, Indonesia, China, Korea and Japan.Scarsdale high school students have participated in AsiaPacificEd’s “Partnership for Youth” programssince their inception in 2005, first in Thailand after the Tsunami and now in Cambodia for the past 10 summers. This summer’s Cambodia experience will be the 11th year. In all about 78 students have participated in these summer experiences.The “Partnership for Youth” student programs specifically provide ‘people-to-people’ cultural immersion in a focus country and
- develop student knowledge of this country locally, nationally, regionally and globally,
- provide student opportunities for cross-cultural immersion and dialogue through local community home stays,
- emphasize the importance of seeing the world through multiple perspectives,
- and engage students in authentic service learning projects with their local peers.
Overall, both Scarsdale as a district and the AsiaPacificEd Program focus on students as future agents of change in our growing interdependent world, and teachers as guides, mentors, and educators in the process of preparing students for the 21st century.
For further information see: www.asiapacificedcrossings.org