ERIC Number: ED171624
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Mar
Reference Count: 0
International School to School Experience--I.S.S.E.
Du Tilly, Geraldina Margain de H.
The paper describes an international student exchange program for 11-year-old children, and discusses the operation and goals of the program in Mexico. The main objective of the program is to create a base for world friendship and global understanding during the pre-adolescent years, which are believed to be formative for acquiring basic social relation skills. Participating countries include the United States, Mexico, India, Canada, Liberia, Guatemala, Iran, Japan, England, and France. Four students and an accompanying adult visit a host school for a three to four week period where they teach native songs and dances, arts and crafts, games, and sports. In return the host school shares its culture. Every year a host school receives children from a country which has not previously visited them. Criteria for selection require that the child be 11 years old at the time of departure, sufficiently independent, emotionally stable, advanced in studies, interested, adaptable, and able to transmit his experiences upon returning home. Results of a study of the program indicate that students become personally acquainted with another country, become aware of the basic likenesses of all humans, acquire an active desire for world peace, acquire communication skills even when a language difference is present, and are free from prejudice. (KC)
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Educational Innovation, Educational Programs, Elementary Education, Experiential Learning, Friendship, Global Approach, International Educational Exchange, International Relations, Participant Characteristics, Peace, Program Descriptions, Social Relations, Speeches, Student Characteristics, Student Exchange Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research Conference (Mexico City, Mexico, March 2-9, 1979)