After all the statistics
and program descriptions have been shared, FTE ultimately is about building
a world in which students and teachers view each other with respect and therefore
build a culture of peace. At the same time, students' learning is enhanced because
of the interactive nature of the teaching and learning. Tens of thousands of
lives have been impacted by the programs and iniiatives launched by FTE and
its member organizations. Here is a small sampling of the many people who have
is perfect having a pen pal in Pakistan because they are from a different country,
and maybe we could communicate better with people from other countries. Sometimes
we don't like each other. Maybe if we communicated with people from other countries
they would like us more and maybe we would like them more....It is exciting
having a pen pal from a foreign country because I can ask questions about what
he did at school and see if his world and my world are almost the same or if
it's different. At first I thought having a pen pal would not be fun, but then
after he wrote me back it was really fun! I especially liked it when he sent
me a card for Valentine's Day. He is the same age and in the same grade as me.
He sent me a picture, and he looks different because of his skin, but I didn't
care because we are really all the same. Having a pen pal will help me see the
Sara, Triangle Lake Montessori Elementary School,
felt the video-conference was very successful and it gave me an insight on how
students, all the way across the globe, felt about the war. It was amazing to
her their thoughts. I was able to connect with them and talk about teenage issues
like music and hobbies. I enjoyed the conference and can't wait to do the next
Alicia, a high school student at the Metropolitan Learning
Center, Bloomfield, CT posted these thoughts on an iEAR N online discussion
forum concerning the Project Voice: After the War, live 90 minute videoconference
that continued a direct video dialogue that was established in March when students
from the US and Iraq.
helped me with writing words when I wrote about the Friendship through Education
school supplies project and it helped me read. It made me very verrry happy
to help the children in Afghanistan because now they have crayons, pens, pencils,
and books and that stuff you need to go to school."
Rachael Sikes, a second
grader student in Sunnyside Elementary School, Pullman, Washington, how working
on the Schools Outfitting Schools (SOS) project helped him when he was in second
young children worked so hard on their reading and their writing and their math
and did this project because they knew how important it was to give school supplies
for the children in Afghanistan and they were so inspiring in the way they cared
about building friendships with children around the world."
Rennebohn Franz, Sunnyside Elementary School, Pullman, Washington
think it's great to have a sister school in Pakistan because we will get to
communicate with people from Pakistan and other countries and get to know about
other schools from different countries. We can find out if they have the
same materials and find out if they like to read books, make up stories and
things like that....I think a partnership and talking with our sister school
in Pakistan is better than reading from a book. Because we can ask our sister
school questions and we'll learn. I think it's best to talk to them because
then we will be talking to real people, not looking at a book. Because then
we can see what it's like for them and what they think of Pakistan because it
probably wouldn't say in any books."
Beth, Triangle Lake Montessori
Elementary School, North Carolina.
on the Youth Peace Exhibit has been exciting, especially the live video chat
with students my age from India and Pakistan. This friendship project is helping
me to see how similar we are as kids no matter where we live in the world.
14, Memorial Middle School in Laconia, New Hampshire.
helped me with my reading because there were big words to read like "Afghanistan"
and school supplies. I had to sound out the words and I learned them! It helped
me with my counting of money and how much coins were worth and how many ways
you could make a dollar with pennies, dimes and nickels. We learned how all
those dollars could buy a lot of school supplies. The jar of coins was so heavy
it took three people to hold it. It is important that other children around
the world like in Afghanistan have places to learn at school and have supplies
and books to read."
Christian, a 4th grade student, commenting on
how working on the Schools Outfitting Schools (SOS) project helped him when
he was in second grade. Sunnyside Elementary School, Pullman, Washington