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This fall has been a busy one for the Global Education Program. Started in 2016, the program gives Fordham Prep students opportunities to raise their awareness of the world outside their own environment. Participants expand their worldview and become true global citizens by interacting with peers from across the globe, caring for the earth, and immersing themselves in other cultures. This is accomplished both by visiting other countries and welcoming others to the United States. The program prepares Fordham Prep students to enter a world that is evermore interconnected.
In September, the Prep welcomed two students from St. Leo XIII Institute, a Jesuit high school located in Milan, Italy, for a full semester of study. The students have lived with a host family, been enrolled in a full academic schedule, and have taken part in multiple community activities. In November, eight of their schoolmates came to the United States and participated in the first part of an exchange between the two schools. During the week, the visitors attended classes, went to a Knicks game, toured St. Patrick’s Cathedral, The Empire State Building, Times Square,The Botanical Gardens, and many other NY sites with their host brothers and their families. Fordham Prep students will take part in a reciprocal visit to Milan during the February break. This is the second year this exchange has taken place.
Also in November, six students and two faculty members from Fordham Prep spent a week in Dublin, Ireland, at Clongowes WoodCollege, Ireland’s oldest Jesuit School. This is the third year of this partnership. . During their trip, Fordham Prep students attended classes, experienced traditional Irish music, hiked in the Glendalough valley, and led school-wide prayer. Students from Clongowes will come to New York and visit with students from the Prep in April of 2020.
Fordham Prep has also increased its allocation of resources to the Global Education Program this year. In September, the school officially christened the new Global Education Conference Room. The room, replete with new furniture, photographs of excursions past, and a state of the art video conference system, allows students to engage with their peers from around the world without leaving the Rose Hill Campus.
Finally this fall, a group of faculty members including Mr. Russel Baker, Patricia Simeone, members of the Global Education Committee, and Teresa DiVita-Geremia, Coordinator for Global Education, attended a conference of secondary schools from the USA East Province of the Jesuits in Washington, DC. The group discussed best practices as it relates to the offering of opportunities for students to participate in global education programs.
In the second semester of the school year, the Global Education Department will be sponsoring trips to Guatemala, Tanzania, Italy, China, Costa Rica, and Rwanda. You can follow Fordham Prep students around the world via the Global Education Twitter feed.