We are very excited to announce that we have been awarded a Public Diplomacy Small Grant from the US Department of State!
The award is focused on expanding the Building Cultural Bridges (BCB) program within Namibia. The BCB program aims to connect American and Namibian students through video technology to foster cultural competency, build 21st-Century Skills, and strengthen ground-level relations between the U.S. and the Republic of Namibia. Currently, the BCB Program is implemented in six schools across five cities and towns within Namibia, impacting over 200 students. To facilitate the program’s expansion, Erie 2 Cattaraugus-Chautauqua BOCES (Board of Cooperative Education Services) partnered with Educators of America for their application to the New York State Education Department’s Learning Technology Grant, which was awarded in 2018.
The purpose of the U.S. Department of State’s Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program is for the enhancement of mutual understanding between the U.S. and Namibia. The U.S. Department of State funds projects that include a focus on Economic Growth, Education, English Teaching, Environment, Judiciary and Law Enforcement, Social Issues, and Social Entrepreneurship.
Educators of America is proud to work with the U.S. Department of State on this incredible opportunity to advance the Building Cultural Bridges program. This grant will allow for the strengthening of relationships between U.S. and Namibian citizens, the development of workforce skills in Namibian students, and the improvement of cultural awareness within students and teachers in both countries.