The Town of Addison and the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth are pleased to present the WorldFest on Saturday, October 22 and Sunday, October 23 in Addison Circle Park. The region’s largest global festival, WorldFest is a day-long celebration of world cultures that seeks to unite the diverse communities of our region and foster global understanding through international music, exhibitions, food, games, markets, children’s activities and much more.
Performers are willing to come out to schools at no cost the week before and after the event. Please e-mail Jennifer if you would like to host a performance for your school or volunteer at the WorldFest event!
This global festival is the perfect opportunity for local Junior World Affairs Councils (JWACS) at D/FW high schools and Campus Councils at local colleges to get involved! We will need volunteers to help run activities and workshops for the children’s area. Volunteering is a great way to fulfill service hours for your school or JWAC, or simply learn more about the world while experiencing some fascinating international food and sights. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (214) 965-8416) school wants to be a part of this exciting event! We hope to see you at WorldFest, on October 23-24, 2010.
A new direction of the International Education Program will be to focus on specific countries and regions for in-depth workshops and cultural immersion events. These programs will cover multiple topics and give attending students and teachers a better understanding of a country, its people, traditions, heritage, culture, and more.
Saturday, April 09, 2011 at 12:00 PM
A Small Act premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January and was broadcast on HBO this summer. The film tells the story of Chris Mburu--once an impoverished boy living in a small Kenyan village and now a prominent human rights lawyer for the United Nations--whose journey from poverty to diplomatic influence was made possible by a tiny scholarship from an anonymous donor continents away. The film showcases the challenges of attaining an education in the developing world, but also reveals the powerful ways in which even tiny gestures of educational support can create life-changing impact in individuals and their communities.
Our first country-specific workshop was the Japan Cultural Immersion Day for 250 high school students held in March 2010 at Ursuline Academy in Dallas. At this workshop, students had the opportunity to discover the traditions and heritage of Japan and continue promoting international cultural understanding. Teachers who attended also received a brief guide to Japanese culture and lesson plans.
The day-long program included an information session on modern Japan by the honorary consul general of Japan to Dallas, John Stich; information on the Japanese education system; several different performances of traditional Japanese dance; a demonstration of Japanese martial arts; and an information session on Buddhism, Zen and Shinto. Also, students broke into groups and attended interactive workshops
including an authentic tea ceremony; an introduction to Kabuki theatre; a seminar on Japanese language and calligraphy; instruction on origami & Ukiyo-e; and finally a Japanese quiz game with prizes from Japan.
This program was made possible by a generous grant from the Japan Foundation’s Center for Global Partnership.
- Nov. 14, 2009: African Cultural Heritage Day for 150 Middle School Students. Program included sessions about African music, art, dance, customs, animals, history, geography, and challenges. Read more...
- May 9th, 2009: Asian Cultural Heritage Day for Middle School Student Councils/Honor Societies. Program included sessions about Asian music, art, dance, customs, animals, history, geography, and challenges