Over the past 30+ years, the World Affairs Council - Washington, D.C. has been dedicated and committed to supporting the education of international affairs in Washington, D.C. area students as well as middle and high school educators. Today, the Council sponsors a variety of programs during the academic year and summer to help enrich the knowledge of educators and students. Programs for educators include the Summer Institute and Professional Development Programs. Programs for students include Youth Forums, the Young Journalist Program, the Young Ambassadors Program, and Academic World Quest. These programs give educators and students in the Washington, DC metropolitan area the opportunity to develop and hone leadership and teamwork skills, gain knowledge of international affairs and of important global issues, and meet a variety of influential leaders, experts, and newsmakers.
Programs available for educators include the week-long Summer Institute on International Affairs and one-day Professional Development Programs throughout the academic year. These programs help educators discover creative and interesting ways of integrating international affairs in the classroom, expand their academic resources, and enhance their knowledge-base on specific issues. Past topics for educator programs include the U.S. and the Arab World, terrorism, U.S. Foreign Policy, democracy and reform, and East Asia.
Programs for students include Youth Forums, the Young Journalist Program, the Young Ambassadors Program, and Academic WorldQuest. These programs give students in the Washington, DC area the opportunity to develop leadership and teamwork skills, travel and study abroad, gain knowledge of international affairs and important global issues, and meet a variet of influential leaders, experts, and newsmakers. In the past, students traveled to Costa Rice and Spain, met and spoke with Ambassador Bruce Laingen, former U.S. hostage in Iran, and attended interactive day-long programs regarding global poverty.
Global Education Gala
Every year the World Affairs Council - Washington, DC hosts its annual Global Education Gala. The gala serves as a forum to recognize the achievements of the Council throughout the year. It also honors the work of citizens and teachers, government officials and diplomatic corps members, and Council supporters for their commitment to educating the national capital area community about issues of international affairs and the United States’ relationship with the world. The Global Education Gala is a critical source of support for the World Affairs Council - Washington, DC's international and global educational programs for metro area citizens, teachers and students. Fore more information on the Global Education Gala please click here.