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“At a recent event, I witnessed students work one on one with a South Korean diplomat. They discussed South Korea’s relationship with the United States, regional issues related to Northeastern Asia, historical issues such as the Korean War, and trade issues such as tariffs and globalization issues.

"The most amazing part of this is that the students were the drivers of the analytical discussions. This program provides an educational opportunity that frankly is one of the most rigorous, useful, and noteworthy experiences in their high school education. All of this takes place in a friendly, organized, and affirming environment."

Adam Motter, Learning Specialist Social Studies K-12, Akron Public Schools, Akron, OH

“I was particularly impressed during my visit to Akron with the quality and sophistication of the interaction I had with the group of high school students you assembled.

“The questions that the students raised with me during my meeting with them revealed a much higher degree of preparation for the session and an understanding of the issues involved in U.S.-Korea relations than I find at most universities that I visit.”

Joseph Winder, President, Korea Economic Institute

"It was a pleasure to meet such eager and well prepared students. I was particularly impressed by their interest about Japan's current issues. It was very rewarding to engage in discussions with these young people, and I do wish them well in their future endeavors.

"Your individual effort to organize this event should be remarked, and also your sense of purpose in preparing these students for their future professional careers. If I were to choose the lasting impression of my trip to Akron, it would be the forward reaching dialogue of the community leaders and the students. I appreciate that I was able to contribute in some small way to the Global Scholars Program."

Junichi Ihara , Acting Deputy Chief of Mission and Head of the Economic Section, Embassy of Japan, Washington, D.C.

 

The Akron Council on World Affairs' Global Scholars
Program
helps prepare young people to participate in the global workforce. In collaboration with Akron Public
Schools, leadership high school students enroll in the
program and prepare with ACWA curricula to meet and dialogue with foreign diplomats in formal briefing sessions.

Students benefit in these sessions from their association with peers from across Akron's social, racial and economic demographics. As students report, these sessions extend their ability to bring and respect different perspectives, an important asset for their future employment in today's global marketplace.

The specific objectives of the Global Scholars program are to help students:

  • increase their cross-cultural communication skills
  • enhance their democratic decision making skills
  • become adept in discussions with peers, people
    from our community and representatives of foreign governments with economic and political
    relationships with the U.S.

This extracurricular program for Akron public high school students was innovated by ACWA in 2002 by Jane Walker Snider, Executive Director, with collaboration from ACWA board members, educators, and other advisors. Global Scholars is supported by funding from foundations and individuals.

Global Scholars students with Ann-Sofie Stude

Global Scholars students in the formal session in November 2010 with Ann-Sofie Stude, Minister-Counselor, Head of Political Affairs, Embassy of Finland, Washington, D.C. Her formal presentation began the session.

Global Scholars students with Ann-Sofie Stude

Ms. Stude's table dialogue with students included Finland's education system, her country's human rights heritage as related to its global engagement today through the United Nations and complex issues related to the rapid climate change in the Arctic region, including perspective on economics, politics, ecology and indigenous people.

Benefits of Global Scholars

ACWA’s Global Scholars program provides a vital global affairs supplement to the social studies curriculum in the Akron Public Schools (APS). This program addresses the urgent needs of our community and nation to have a more globally informed workforce and citizenry.

Education experts agree that young people must acquire new skills and competencies, all requiring a broader global outlook and knowledge. Students also benefit from participating with APS from other neighborhood high schools in Akron, across the city's social, racial and economic demographics.

David W. James, Akron Public Schools SuperintendentDavid W. James, Superintendent, Akron Public Schools

"The Global Scholars Program provides our students direct interaction with foreign diplomats following their study of current topics/media articles on each selected country. In the formal session, these students compare their findings and collaborate on questions and comments to extend personally to the visiting diplomat. The Global Scholars Program provides a vehicle for students obtaining personal perspective on global economics and politics in association with peers, the foundation for their own decisions about further education and employment
goals.

The unique core of the Global of the Global Scholars Program is in the diplomat's and students' dialog that focuses on both historical and current events, allowing our students to critically examine global issues: a) in collaboration with APS leadership students from other high schools and neighborhoods; and b) in direct personal dialog with the visiting diplomats. The diplomats, as committed citizens of their respective countries, are frank in their responses, acknowledging and addressing important and successful outcomes but also the challenges of domestic and global problems."

 

The Global Scholars Program provides our students direct interaction with foreign diplomats following their study of current topics/media articles on each selected country. In the formal session, these students compare their findings and collaborate on questions and comments to extend personally to the visiting diplomat. The Global Scholars Program provides a vehicle for students obtaining personal perspective on global economics and politics in association with peers, the foundation for their own decisions about further education and employment goals.

The unique core of the Global of the Global Scholars Program is in the diplomat's and students' dialog that focuses on both historical and current events, allowing our students to critically examine global issues: a) in collaboration with APS leadership students from other high schools and eighborhoods; and b) in direct personal dialog with the visiting diplomats. The diplomats, as committed citizens of their respective countries, are frank in their responses, acknowledging and addressing important and successful outcomes but also the challenges of domestic and global problems.

Student Participation

Global Scholars students arrive at informed opinions on key issues for the selected country through reading, discussion, and listening. Students from Akron Public High Schools participate based on their grade standing and motivation to fulfill the advance assignment.

Students who sign up attend sessions in their respective schools to study curricula on a scheduled country, prepared by ACWA, that challenges them with topics on politics and economics, supported by relevant news articles from respected global media.

Global Scholars students with Ramin Navai

In October 2010, Ramin Navai, Deputy Consul General, British Consulate in Chicago discussed measures Prime Minister David Cameron and the government was undertaking in response to Britain's economic challenge of balancing its “books” after years of deficit spending on social benefits. Another topic was Britain’s appeal to firms in other countries that set up companies in Britain, accessing Britain's key business expertise.

These students attend a formal briefing session on the country studied. The unique core of the Global Scholars Program is in the diplomat's and students' dialog that focuses on both historical and current events, allowing our students to critically examine global issues: a) in collaboration with APS leadership students from other high schools and neighborhoods; and b) in direct personal dialog with the visiting diplomats.

Each table has students from each participating APS high school, providing the opportunity to meet peers from other and different schools. Each table selects a Table Discussion Leader at each formal session to guide students through the steps of the session. This includes the students' recording notes on the diplomat's formal presentation, writing down their own opinions based on their advance preparation and assessing the points of view of others at their table.

Each table has students from each participating APS high school, providing the opportunity to meet peers from other and different schools. Each table selects a Table Discussion Leader at each formal session to guide students through the steps of the session. This includes the students' recording notes on the diplomat's formal presentation, writing down their own opinions based on their advance preparation and assessing the points of view of others at their table.

Following the briefing session, students attend a formal dinner and speaker presentation. The diplomat speaks on the same topics covered in the Global Scholars session, using and expanding on related topics and subject matter. The diplomats, as committed citizens of their respective countries, are frank in their responses, acknowledging and addressing important and successful outcomes but also the challenges of domestic and global problems. This event is open to the public by advance registration. Receive ACWA e-mail announcements of our formal evening programs. Global Scholars students with Wassane Zailachi

Wassane Zailachi, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco in Washington, D.C. listens to a question posed by a Global Scholars student at her formal session in April 2009. The topics were the liberalization of Moroccan society under King Mohammed VI and the long relationship with the U.S., beginning in 1777 and its strategic importance to both countries in the 21st century.

Foreign Diplomat Participation

Foreign governments, with a relationship with the United States and embassies in Washington, DC, are key participants in the Global Scholars Program. These governments accept ACWA's invitation to appoint diplomats who also benefit from our two other coordinated programs. In addition to Global Scholars, each visitor diplomat participates in our formal evening program, open to the public by registration, and in our WZIP-88.1-FM Radio interviews conducted by our Executive Director, Jane Walker Snider.

Global Scholars students with Fatih Yildiz

Fatih Yildiz, Consul General of Turkey, Chicago, IL listens to a question from one of the Table Discussion Leaders at the formal Global Scholars session in November 2011. Topics
included the uniqueness of Turkey's democratic government, political changes in Arab nations and Turkey response to the October earthquake in its Region of Van.

Global Scholars students with Fatih Yildiz

Alexey Timofeev, Counselor of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the U.S., Washington, D.C. addresses questions from a Table Discussion Leader. In the formal session, November 2010, Mr. Timofeev discussed U.S. and Russian 21st-century cooperation, including the historic nuclear arms agreement, and Russia's and the U.S. "space race" in the 1960s, including how astronauts of the two countries acknowledged one another's achievements.

Global Scholars provides a unique opportunity for diplomat and informed students' dialog. This, in a formal session, focuses on both historical and current events, allowing APS students to critically examine each nation's economic and political relationship with the U.S. and its own domestic and global challenges and initiatives.

Roy NortonApril 2012 - Roy Norton, Consul General of Canada in Detroit, MI

"All the students seemed impressed by the extent of the US/Ohio-Canada business relationship, and the number of jobs in both our countries (and Ohio) dependent on the successful conduct of that relationship. We discussed in some detail the nature of business that's done back and forth across the border—reaching almost $35 billion last year for the
Ohio-Canada trade relationship.

I was impressed by the extent of interaction between the students at the tables. Students with different perspectives weighed in, either in reaction to my answers to questions put by their colleagues, or by way of commentary on what one of their fellow students had asked. Surely one of the enduring benefits of sessions such as the one you organized for me is the extent to which cross-cultural ideas-driven debate and communication is fostered."

Fatih YildizNovember 2011 - Fatih Yildiz, Consul General of Turkey, Chicago, IL

"I would like to especially underline the fact that my experience with the high school students within the framework of the Global Scholars Program was highly exceptional. Bearing in mind my 5-year experience in the US. as a diplomat with Americans of this age on different occasions, it was truly beyond my expectations.

It was obvious from our discussion that the students not only worked to grasp Turkey through the pre-assigned readings but also had spent a fair amount of time on thinking about Turkey and its region.

As one American wise man, Henry Ford, once said, 'Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason so few engage in it...' I therefore congratulate you for having these youngsters engage in one of the hardest works on earth."

Contribute to Global Scholars

We ask for your financial support so that we can continue this valued program. Our APS students have the capability and willingness to prepare themselves for a global future in the workplace. Many have other significant commitments, including after-school work in local businesses and family responsibilities, yet they give priority to Global Scholars program preparation and attendance. Foreign governments, in accepting ACWA's invitation for a diplomat to participate, pay all travel expenses to Akron. These embassies and their appointed diplomats benefit from the dialog with informed APS high school students.

Please send contact information for your community or corporate foundation or let us know of your own interest in making an individual contribution, info@akronworldaffairs.org.

Listen to WZIP-88.1 Radio Interviews Covering the Topics Engaged In By Global Scholars

You can access the topics focused on by ACWA's visitor diplomats in both the students' formal program and the Formal Evening Session. A summary of each interview is provided, and you can choose to listen to any of the interviews in our Resource section.

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