Quiet Diplomacy Gets Loud


iEARN-USA is not only a proud membership organization serving K-12 teachers and students across the United States, we’re also proudly part of a unique global network for which each week is a celebration of innovative teaching and learning. This week, we’re celebrating our iEARN peers in Bangladesh and Pakistan, who have just finished hosting their first Youth TechCamps, in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the US Embassies in Dhaka and Islamabad, respectively. The three-day Youth TechCamps build on the series of TechCamps hosted by the State Department around the world over the last two years to increase the digital literacy of civil society groups. Last August, Mozilla’s Hackasaurus team helped host the first Youth TechCamp in Washington, D.C., and provided hands-on training in open source Internet design and development to 21 Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program alumni representing 11 countries. The Pakistani and Bangladeshi Youth TechCamps likewise involved 70 more YES program alumni and, to no one’s surprise, generated a ton of excitement. Read more >