Teachers for Global Classrooms is a program sponsored by the U.S. State Department and run by a company called IREX. It is a branch of the Fulbright program that endeavors to bridge cultural gaps between countries by bringing people from different parts of the world together. I am one of 70 teachers out of over 2000 applicants who was selected to be a part of this year’s TGC cohort. 14 of us have been brought here to Peru to observe, learn and co-teach in a classroom. We will also share educational strategies, experiences and culture with Peruvian teachers and students.
We have arrived in Lima and have toured a lot of sites. We’ve eaten different foods and met many people. Since we’ve been here, we have been treated like ambassadors. On Wednesday, we visited the U.S. embassy and the Fulbright Commission in Lima. It was a great experience! We participated in a panel discussion on the relationship/history of terrorism and education here in Peru. The discussion centered around the professor, Abimael Guzman. The “Shining Path” was a terrorist group who was inspired by his discourse and who were active in Peru in the 80’s and early 90’s.
I am with an extraordinary group of teachers who are all dedicated to global education and cultural awareness. I consider it a privilege to be traveling with them.
Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton