Thanks to a $36,200 grant from the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation, area students will learn how other cultures are both different from and similar to their own.
Available from the Madeleine T. Schneider Fund, the grant will provide students in grades kindergarten through 12 with experiential intercultural learning opportunities in school. The project, Internationalize K-12 Education in Hancock County, will be implemented by The University of Findlay’s department of language and culture. International students at UF and domestic students who have studied abroad will work with 300-400 students each year.
“The project is expected to have a positive impact not only on K-12 youth, but also on University students,” says Hiroaki Kawamura, Ph.D., director of the department of language and culture. “The K-12 students will develop intercultural sensitivity through direct, face-to-face interaction with people from different cultures and those who have experienced different cultures firsthand. University students will better integrate into the life of the community.”
The University will also develop a resource bank with teaching materials necessary for the culture-specific activities for student presenters to use. Before the completion of the project, a service-learning component will also be developed. For more information, visit www.findlay.edu