This coming week, November 16 to 20, the U.S. departments of State and Education invite us all to participate in the 10th annual International Education Week. This is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. Exchanges are critical to developing mutual understanding and respect, building leadership abroad, fostering an appreciation for the United States, and investing in the future relationship between Americans and people around the world.
As a community coordinator for PAX, the Program of Academic Exchange, an international high school exchange program based in Brattleboro, I want to applaud the high schools in our area that are hosting international exchange students this year.
This year we have four students at Twin Valley High School, and a total of over 20 students from 12 different countries attending Brattleboro Union High School, Bellows Falls Union High School, Hinsdale High School, Keene High School, the Compass School, and Charlemont Academy.
International education enlarges our perspective, as individuals and as a nation. As Nelson Mandela says, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
I am proud to represent PAX and to work with schools and host families who are committed to making international exchange possible for high school students both at home and abroad. I invite anyone interested in having a PAX student make a presentation about their home country or in knowing more about how to become involved in this exciting experience to call me for additional information.
Area manager for Vermont PAX