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ABOUT THE SCHOOL-2-SCHOOL PROGRAM
As part of the AUA initiative, the School-2-School program advances goals related to education and mutual understanding at the grassroots level in the United States and in the Muslim World. S2S has benefitted thousands of students and their teachers since 2005 in countries ranging from Afghanistan and Bangladesh to Indonesia and the United States.
Through S2S, lead teachers from the American school and their partner school in the Muslim World design and implement a plan for their classrooms to engage with and learn from each other. At the same time, the American school raises money to purchase vital educational supplies requested by their partner school. In addition, an educator from the American school travels to the partner school over the summer to volunteer for two to four weeks, serving with the school’s students or administration. The educator then serves as an ambassador, sharing the experience with his or her school and the wider local community. Check out our blog for stories and insights from our 2013 S2S partners!
School-2-School is a competitive program open to all American educators in middle schools or high schools across the United States. Participating American schools are expected to raise a minimum of $5000 to purchase educational supplies for their partner school. Partner schools are vetted carefully, and students and teachers in partner schools have appropriate English language skills and infrastructure to participate fully in the program.
Maril Olson, Project Officer, is the primary contact for S2S at email@example.com or (703) 655-3306.
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“I’m just some guy. I’m not a celebrity, but anything I did was special to them….I loved it. I felt like I was accomplishing something great. This was the best teaching experience I’ve ever had.” - Sam Schindler, Lancaster (PA) teacher, on teaching English at The Carter Academy in Bangladesh in the summer of 2013 as part of the School-2-School program.
“It was a really eye-opening experience. I had no idea what that region would be like or what Indonesia was like or teaching at a school for refugees. It blew away any expectations. It was really inspiring to see that they had students who came from such difficult backgrounds and they created this learning centered background to achieve at the highest levels.” - Hannah D’Apice, Dallas teacher and Teach for America Corpsmember, on teaching at the Sumka Bangsa school in Aceh, Indonesia. The school was built for victims of the 2004 tsunami and Aceh’s internal conflicts.
“Acting as a representative of the US and giving them the chance to interact with an American – one of the teachers said that she thought Americans were all arrogant jerks … acting as a cultural ambassador was the biggest success and the most meaningful too. They were able to make that connection and able to speak to someone from this place they had heard something about but didn’t necessarily have exposure to.” - Hannah D’Apice, Dallas teacher and Teach for America Corpsmember, on teaching at the Sumka Bangsa school in Aceh, Indonesia. The school was built for victims of the 2004 tsunami and Aceh’s internal conflicts.
“We, the teachers, learned a great deal just from observing [Sam Schindler’s] classes. There, he was always in motion, almost like an actor, and the students were immediately engaged. He was able to draw out hidden talent from students as well as finding common ground with them.” – Iqbal Hossen Mozumder, vice principal of The Carter Academy in Islamabad, Bangladesh
“Our heart filled with joy when he came, it emptied when [he] went away. But the love we’ve kept for Mr. Sam, for the authority of LCDS, [its] students and our friends of LCDS in our heart will never be lessened a bit.”- Naimal Islam Emon, a student at The Carter Academy in Islamabad, Bangladesh on the visit of Sam Schindler of the Lancaster Country Day School (LCDS)
“If in every school of Bangladesh there is one Mr. Sam than every child will become a great man in his life.” – Hasan Siddiqui Sohan, a student at The Carter Academy in Islamabad, Bangladesh on the visit of Sam Schindler of the Lancaster Country Day School
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (703) 655-3306.