International Week Slated for November 18-22

October 31, 2002

International Education Week (November 18-22, 2002) is an opportunity for our schools to celebrate and foster the benefits of international education. As West Virginians endeavor to meet the demands of the twenty-first century, our school systems must ensure that students are prepared to live in a diverse and tolerant society and succeed in a global economy. In his statement of support for International Education Week, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell emphasized, “ As we work to end the scourge of terrorism, let us also work to increase peace, prosperity and democracy. We can do this through international programs that promote exchange of ideas and the sharing of experiences.”  

In support of this challenge, State Schools Superintendent David Stewart is encouraging every school in West Virginia to observe International Education Week throughout their schools and classrooms. The attached document outlines several suggestions and activities that can be easily implemented during the International Education Week to broaden students’ understanding of the world in which we live. For more information, please go to the International Education Week website at  

The Department of Education encourages you to use your creativity as you modify and adapt these activities to the particular needs of your school. In addition, we request that schools provide the Department of Education with a brief summary of your commemoration activities. Please send your feedback, along with any questions or comments to Amelia Davis Courts at or Debbie Harki at . Schools submitting summaries of activities will receive a resource book on International Education. Thank you for your participation.  

Activities and Suggestions for International Week (MS Word)  


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