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Over and over studies show that students in the United States are unable to locate many countries on a map and may not even be aware of their existence. As a whole, Americans have a reputation for not knowing much about the rest of the world.

Through the Citizen Diplomacy in the Classroom Program international emerging leaders will visit local classrooms, educating students about their countries and cultures while sharing with the students their thoughts and ideas. These classroom interactions will provide role models for L.A.’s student population whose heritage is as diverse as our International Visitors. This program opens up new and exciting ways for Los Angeles area students to learn about different cultures firsthand, and helps break down misconceptions that can arise through lack of knowledge.

As we enter the age of global economy, our children will be living in a world where social and economic conditions demand global interaction. There is no better place to develop understanding and communication between cultures with the future generation than in our schools. Our Citizen Diplomacy in the Classroom Program helps to ensure that their interactions with the rest of the world will be positive and productive.

 
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