For most Latin American and Caribbean governments, traditional foreign policy concepts still trump soft power as the preferred and most comprehended instruments in the diplomatic toolbox. Most countries in the...KEEP READING
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An interesting new blog post from the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy discusses World Learning’s recent partnership with America-Mideast Educational and Training Services, INC. (AMIDEAST). Through this partnership, World Learning, a non-profit organization that provides education, exchange, and development programs, will offer their internationally recognized Professional Certificate in English Language Teaching (PCELT) program to teachers across the Middle East and North Africa. Carlos Sosa, the World Learning education director, highlighted the importance of the project when he stated that “while English is increasingly seen as a necessary skill to get ahead economically, high-quality English teaching was once only available to elite private language schools, World Learning is proud that, through this partnership, we will be able to work with local public school teachers and universities to make quality instruction available to all of the regions youth.” World Learning’s initiative with AMIDEAST demonstrates both the importance of a language teaching and training programs which provide valuable skills to a target audience and directly outreach to the youth populations. This model of a public diplomacy program, developed and conducted by two NGOs, provides a valuable service to a foreign public while at the same time shares and imparts American values to the audience it is reaching. The World Learning and AMIDEAST partnership program is an example of public diplomacy which should be replicated.
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