One Thousand U.S. Schools Set To Learn Elementary Arabic Through Friendship Through Education and Fairfield Language Technologies Collaboration

San Antonio, June 19, 2002 - The Friendship Through Education Consortium today and Fairfield Language Technologies announced today the Rosetta Stone Project to help U.S. students involved in collaborative work with students in Arabic-speaking countries by supplying them with free copies of the Rosetta Stone Language Learning Software Libraries in Arabic.

Through this collaboration, U.S. students who participate in the Friendship Through Education initiative will have free access to the Rosetta Stone Arabic Language Software, a language-learning tool retail valued at $3,000 per school site license.

"Learning a new language is a fundamental part of building relationships between people of different cultures," said Allen Stoltzfus, president of Fairfield Language Technologies. "Our software contribution gives students a simple and effective way to do that," he added.

U.S. students currently interacting with Arabic-speaking students overseas through Friendship Through Education programs have already exchanged views on a diverse range of topics, including culture and ethnicity, human rights, civic responsibility, and religion. The Rosetta Stone software libraries will enable these youths to develop their friendships further by learning how to communicate with their peers in Arabic-speaking countries in their own language.

"These learning tools will help students to learn first hand about the culture that is transmitted through the language itself. This generous contribution will also help to deepen the awareness and understanding we want to foster through the Friendship Through Education initiative," said Ed Gragert, director of the International Education and Resource Network (iEARN-USA), the organization responsible for coordinating the Friendship Through Education Consortium.

Other members of the Friendship Through Education Consortium include ePALS Classroom Exchange, Inc., Global SchoolNet Foundation, NetAid, Peace Corps Coverdell World Wise Schools, People to People International, Schools Online, Sister Cities International, United Nations Global Teaching and Learning Project, and U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

Since announced by President George W. Bush and leaders of the Friendship Through Education Consortium on October 25, 2001, the Consortium has provided opportunities that facilitate online and offline interactions between youth around the world through classroom-based interactions in order to build a culture of peace and understanding in which the dignity and rights of all human beings are respected. Although the initial focus of this commitment is an effort to expand links between U.S. schools and those in Islamic countries, the Friendship Through Education organizations offer programs and projects that reach out to students in more than 100 countries worldwide.

The Rosetta Stone Arabic Language Software was released in December, 2000 by proprietor and publisher, Fairfield Language Technologies. The Arabic language software program was designed to contain the text with and without vowels so that users at all reading levels can hone their skills. The company produces both elementary and advanced levels of the language software, each accompanied by a real-life image and voiced by native Arabic speakers in an interactive format. Fairfield Language Technologies publishes and produces the Rosetta Stone language-learning software libraries that teach 24 languages to millions of users in schools, businesses, homes, and government agencies in 55 countries around the world.

For more information or to request a copy of the software, please contact:
Diane Midness