Students and teachers to visit College as part of international leadership program
6/28/2005 2:37:03 PM
LYNCHBURG – A group of Indonesian students and teachers will soon arrive at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College as part of a federally-funded international youth leadership program.
The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs awards the grants as part of a program to promote relationships and understanding among the United States and other countries.
R-MWC and Legacy International, which is based in Bedford, are hosting the program. This is the only grant nationwide targeting Indonesian participants. This is the second year of the three-year grant.
The 34 students, ages 15-17, and six teachers will be in Lynchburg for three weeks beginning July 5. They will stay on campus during the three-week period. The fourth week will be spent in Washington, D.C. at American University.
R-MWC professors will teach English, and current R-MWC students will teach leadership classes. The group will make site visits to area schools and churches. They will also perform community service while in Lynchburg.
The program is designed to heighten the sense of civic responsibility and commitment to community development among the Indonesian students. The activities will introduce the participants to the principles of civic education, civil society and youth leadership as they are practiced in the United States. The goal is for the Indonesian students to return home and incorporate what they have learned into a civic community service project.
Indonesia is the world’s third largest and youngest democracy. With little experience in democratic rule, the Indonesians selected a parliament and president in free and fair elections in 1999. The people of Indonesia face many challenges. They are trying to rebuild their economy which was devastated by the general Asian collapse in 1997. The youth leadership program is trying to strengthen the bond between the region and the United States.
CONTACT: Brenda Edson, Director of Communications