First Impression, Join Partnership For School East West Center USA

17 11 2008

Assalamualaikum Wr. Wb

Bersama 45 Ustadz, Ustadzah, Kyai lainnya, saya mengikuti kegiatan Internasional yang diselenggarakan oleh East West Center USA. Tulisan ini saya kirim ke EWC saa melakukan “magang” di sekolah Metropolitan Leaning Center Connecticut USA:

Alhamdulillah…Praise be to God the all mighty.
We are (Sofwan Manaf, Neng Ida Nurhalida, Dadang Media Laksana) come to you with the latest news.

Metropolitan Learning Center is an amazing school. Today, we held teleconference with Indonesian students in Darunnajah Islamic Boarding School (my school) in Jakarta Indonesia. It was very exciting….amazing activity. And, also today, we met Adam Meier, Program Officer from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. We discussed many things about the program and activities.

The teleconference activity took place from 8.00 to 9.30 am. Five American students, Indonesian teachers, MLC teachers, and also Adam Meier joined this activity. Thanks to Mr. Noury, Director of Technology, who facilitated and organized this program successfully.

The Indonesian and American students were very interested to join this program. They shared and asked questions to each other about school activities, subjects, extracurricular activities, and so on. The Indonesia students also asked about Barack Obama and John McCain, the U.S. presidential candidates and also about the current financial crisis.

Afterwards, we met with American teachers, Adam Meier, Daniel Gregg (state social studies curriculum specialist) to discuss program, etc.

So, the students (American and Indonesian) will continue their communcation via email. And we have sent emails to Indonesian students, and through our ongoing exchange, we hope to contribute to “mutual understanding and cross-cultural exchange” between Americansand Indonesians. Thank you so much for your good cooperation.