STONE MOUNTAIN, GA, June 24, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- As the world unites and borders of the past become obsolete through international trade, technology and travel; it is increasingly important to ensure all children have opportunities for enriching experiences beyond the basics. In today's ever changing world, a new generation of youth and the future of our society will require more than experience and education but exposure and interaction on all fronts. The ability to thrive in a culturally diverse environment is one of those fronts grabbing the attention of parents from all socioeconomic ranks. The Exchange Project Inc. is a non-profit organization, that has researched and developed specialized programs that provide a variety of culturally diverse educational opportunities for students pre-k through college.
Research for The Exchange Project has included field visits and studies in Asia, Africa and the USA by education specialist and CEO Aiyanna Meghoo-McDonald. In a recent press interview, Meghoo-McDonald states, "I have been fortunate enough to work in several countries. My ability to gain and be successful at these opportunities was my childhood exposure to different cultures. The last international position I held was in South Korea. I recall being out at a beautiful temple having lunch, masterfully using my chopsticks, when I was approached by a curious older gentleman. Forty five minutes later, following a vibrant discussion on culture, I was offered a job. All because of a cultural norm I was practiced in, because I was exposed to it within my childhood formative years. The majority of children, regardless of race or culture, aren't exposed to international cultural experiences. Ironically, most urban areas are filled with communities from diverse traditions, but most children will never engage with these communities and therefore never learn about other cultures. Opening them to something new can literally be a game changer - socially and economically."
Ms. McDonald has over 10 years experience as an educator and has designed affordable and dynamic programs for all students through her organization, The Exchange Project Inc (TEP). Combining her educational experiences with USA and international curricula and methodology, and pulling on vast resources available through a network of valuable partners; she offers three main programs. These programs include 'Cultural Explorations', 'The Exchange' and 'Young Mentors'. All designed to help children or young adults gain a deeper understanding of and appreciation for cultural diversity, as well as awareness on how we all can work together to protect the environment. "One thing I observed in South Korea, is regardless of the access to MTV and other new platforms to expose contemporary culture, Korean children still sought to understand their American counter parts. And the students here are really engaged as well, they always ask what we will learn next, what new topic will
they explore about Ethiopia. Its great". The Exchange has now completed its second year of a pilot study that included classes at Dekalb Academy of Technology and Environment, a leading charter school for k-8 students located in Stone Mountain. This year, students at DATE participated in 'The Exchange', in collaboration with Bright Future School, a leading international school in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Through the school year, TEP provided the students from DATE and BFS with corresponding lessons on things like food, music, history, language, and international trade and business. To complete this first year and prepare for the second (where the students will work on a joint environmental science project), a group of students from the program in Ethiopia is scheduled to visit Atlanta from August 5-15 for the overseas exchange travel portion of the program.
The Exchange Project also offers specialized sessions for organizations and groups. For more information on how your school or group can participate in any of the programs provided, they can be contacted through SchoolExchangeProject@gmail.com.
The Exchange Project Inc is an organization dedicated to providing quality cultural diversity and global citizenship education. For further information, please contact us at SchoolExchangeProject@gmail.com or 347.719.1028
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