By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News
Madison has partnered with AFS in a variety of ways to foster global citizenship through intercultural learning, said Shaun Sullens, a local volunteer for the organization.
During the years it has hosted more than 75 students from 60 different countries and sent 20 students abroad, said Jean Goecks, AFS local team chair. It also has worked with AFS-USA to incorporate intercultural and experiential learning opportunities in the curriculum, Goecks said.
Only 80 U.S. high schools are selected for the Global Learning recognition each year. The schools are voted on by local volunteers. Eight other Oregon schools have received the honor, including those in Corvallis, Enterprise, Newport, South Salem, The Dalles, Roseburg and Pacific Crest, a private school in Portland.
“The ability to speak another language, to navigate in a different cultural context and to marshal a global perspective are skills that today’s students need to succeed in our increasingly interdependent world,” according to a news release from AFS-USA.