The US Embassy observed the 14th Annual International Educational Week from November 18-22 by conducting information-sharing sessions at several secondary schools in Georgetown, Berbice, Linden, and Essequibo.
A release from the Embassy said that representatives shared information on tertiary education in the United States with more than 1,800 students during visits to the Bishops’ High School, St Roses High, Queen’s College, New Guyana School, and Marian Academy in Georgetown; JC Chandisingh Secondary, Berbice High, and Rosignol Secondary in Berbice; Wismar-Christianburg Multilateral in Linden; and Abram Zuil Secondary and Anna Regina Secondary in Essequibo.
Students learned about the US higher education system, the opportunities for study existing in the United States, and the university application process. Each school was presented with a book and pamphlets with information on the US university application process.
The release said that International Education Week 2013 was observed under the theme, ‘International Education: Learning Matters Around the World,’ with the aim of highlighting the benefits and value of a high quality education and study abroad.
Earlier this year, during the launch of the American Spots at the National Library, US Ambassador D Brent Hardt had underscored the value of international education exchange.
He stated, “the importance of international educational exchange in promoting understanding across national, cultural, religious, and racial borders really should never be underestimated.
Hundreds of thousands of students who study overseas each year help to create a global citizenry that is culturally aware and respectful of people from different backgrounds, and can help to build the close, interpersonal connections that will solve scientific problems, meet social challenges, and develop new forms of creative, artistic expression.”
In observance of International Education Week, Secretary of State, John Kerry said, “international education prepares our youth for the globalized 21st Century workforce, whatever their field of study. Students with experience overseas gain the skills, self-reliance, and worldview they need to compete in a global economy,” the release added.