FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: Tuesday, May 13
Contact: Patricia Baine, 202-232-3862
Africa Society, World Affairs Council-D.C. Partner with U.S. Department of State on Teach Africa Program for High School Students
The Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa and the World Affairs Council-Washington, D.C., in partnership with the U.S. Department of State, will host 200 Washington area high school students for a Teach Africa program on Thursday, May 15. The program will be held at the Department of State in the Loy Henderson Auditorium from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm.
Teach Africa, The Africa Society’s flagship program, educates and informs students about the continent of Africa and their counterparts in African nations, provides exposure for them to policymakers and leading experts in many fields, and demonstrates that Africa education cuts across the curriculum.
Ambassador Michael Anthony Battle, Senior Advisor to the U.S. State Department’s Africa Bureau for the first-ever Summit of African Heads of State and Government, will provide the opening address to the students. Participants will have an opportunity to learn about and engage on the same topics that Heads of State will discuss at the upcoming Summit, hosted by President Barack Obama on August 5 and 6. These topics include Peace and Security, Governance, Trade and Investment, and the role of youth in Africa and in the United States.
Students will have an opportunity to interact with their peers in South Africa, Ghana and the Democratic Republic of the Congo via satellite.
Launched in 2002, Teach Africa is intended to create goodwill ambassadors for the United States through the provision of knowledge so as to strengthen future U.S.-Africa relations. The program has reached 10,000 students and trained more than 3,100 administrators and educators.
The mission of The Africa Society is to be the premier entity that engages and educates Americans about the countries comprising the continent of Africa and to create, through partnerships, a better understanding of its peoples, diverse cultures, histories and economies.
Since 1980, the World Affairs Council-Washington, D.C. has provided thought-provoking, top level presentations, debates and discussions of global education and international affairs in the Washington metropolitan area. Council’s global education programs offer students, teachers, educators and adults opportunities to engage with global leaders and foreign policy experts to expand their understanding of critical issues facing our increasingly interconnected world. These programs, including the teacher development workshops, and youth leadership forums, foster a balanced view of global issues and prepare our youth to compete in the 21st century workplace.
Contributions toward this program have been provided by Chevron; in-kind contributors include the Corporate Council on Africa, AllAfrica.com, Whole Foods, Afrique Expansion, and MHZ Networks.