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Birney Elementary School Learns About Afghanistan

On April 25, Embassy staff participated in the Embassy Adoption Program at Birney Elementary School in Washington, DC. With the support of volunteers from the Washington Performing Arts Society, Embassy event manager Riga Sadeq and interns Dominique Rosaul and Rachel Quist presented a slide show about Afghanistan’s history, culture, arts and education to Mr. Steve Burton’s sixth grade class. Mr. Burton has been teaching his sixth graders about Afghanistan since January. On May 31 the students will visit the Embassy and learn the Afghan National Anthem in English. The program culminates with a Mini-United Nations, where student delegates will deliberate on critical global environmental issues.

The Embassy Adoption Program, now in its 32nd year, is an award-winning global education program, which matches embassies with sixth grade classrooms in Washington, DC Public Schools. By linking schools with embassies, the program provides students with the opportunity to increase their knowledge and appreciation of the history, culture, arts, and current issues facing other nations. It gives embassies the opportunity to reach out to the local community and to share information about their countries with American children from diverse backgrounds. An estimated 35,000 students have benefited from participation in the Embassy Adoption Program.



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