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Apr 10, 2017

Training to Bring Peace to Mosul

Adnan is an educator in Mosul, Iraq, who will benefit his community with your help. Through your generous donations, Adnan now has an opportunity to attend the Sarajevo Symposium on Post-Conflict Transitions, providing him with indispensable skills in governance, peace building and community resilience. Using this practical training Adnan will be able to serve his community and contribute to a successful post-conflict transition.

The Sarajevo Symposium on Post-Conflict Transitions offers its participants extensive training in areas such as transitional justice, security sector reforms, economic transitions, and conflict analysis. The International Peace & Security Institute (IPSI) team has a proven track record of transfer of knowledge and skills to a global audience through a hands-on experiential learning approach. This year, IPSI is bringing premier world leaders, academic experts, practitioners, and advocates to the inaugural Sarajevo Symposium. Through formal lectures, site visits, interactive simulations, and workshops, attendees such as Adnan will be able to gain the skills necessary to strengthen legitimate institutions and governance to provide security, justice, and development and break cycles of violence.

Former two-time President of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina through the Sarajevo School of Science and Technology is partnering with us and will be present throughout the program. Former U.S. Secretary Madeleine Albright has agreed to record a video to address the students as they embark on this journey. William Stuebner, the former Chief of Staff and Deputy Head of Mission for Human Rights in the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina, will introduce the former Yugoslavia to the students. From there, world-class trainers from USAID's Office of Transition Initiatives, Creative Associates International, and the decionmakers from the implementation of the peace agreement willteach the class through IPSI's proven experiential learning techniques.

Our trainers will cover the most pertinent post-conflict transition topics, including Governance, Security, Economics, Justice and Reconciliation within the context of the former Yugoslavia. After addressing these areas and visiting Srebrenica and Mostar - two critical sites within the Bosnian War - the students will begin to extrapolate lessons learned and best practices to active and potential post-conflict transitions in Colombia and Syria. Their capstone group exercise will bring together everything they have learned to reimagine what the Dayton Accords could have been or may still become.

By learning directly about the realities of post-conflict transition from the field’s most accomplished academics and practitioners, Adnan will be equipped to promote a stable future for all - inside his classroom and in his community at large.

Oct 25, 2016

Final Report for 2016

Eric with students at the Sidi Moumen Center
Eric with students at the Sidi Moumen Center

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your continuing support of America’s Unofficial Ambassadors and the School-2-School initiative! In this past quarter, School-2-School reached new heights in bringing together students and teachers from across the globe and providing opportunities for virtual exchange as well as in-person trainings. School-2-School wrapped up the 2015-2016 round with Mr. Eric Northard’s trip to The Sidi Moumen Cultural Center in Casablanca, Morocco in June. Since returning from his trip meeting the students and teachers at the center, Eric has been planning on how to maintain and grow the relationship between his school, Grand Rapids High School in Grand Rapids, Minnesota and the Center. Featured in the Harold Review of Grand Rapids, Eric says he “can’t wait to go back.” School-2-School is excited for the overall success this school year and looks forward to the continued partnerships in the future.

Over the past few years, your support for the School-2-School program has allowed us to do incredible things! For the 2016-2017 School-2-School Program we will no longer be accepting donations through Global Giving. Thank you for your continued support, and to stay updated on School-2-School please visit

Jul 12, 2016

More success for School-2-School in 2016!

Eric with the students at SMCC
Eric with the students at SMCC

School-2-School rounded off our final partnership of the 2015-16 school year with Mr. Eric Northard’s successful volunteer trip to The Sidi Moumen Cultural Center (SMCC) in Casablanca, Morocco in June. Eric and his students at Grand Rapids High School in Grand Rapids, Minnesota spent the 2015-2016 school year engaging in cross-cultural learning with the students at SMCC in Casablanca, Morocco through the exchange of videos and e-mails.

In June, Eric visited SMCC for two weeks where he delivered interactive trainings on programs on Critical Thinking and Civic Education, and conducted a curriculum planning workshop for teachers and parents. Eric was able to foster personal connections during these group trainings and his one-on-one interactions with the SMCC students and staff. He worked directly with the teachers and students he and his students conducted the virtual exchange with over the course of the year, as well as many other SMCC students and staff members.


Prior to his departure, Eric expressed how fortunate he is to have the opportunity to visit SMCC and expand on their partnership. Reflecting on his experience, Eric says, “All of the personal connections I made during my visit have been so meaningful, and it has never been so hard for me to leave and say goodbye to a group of people.” Although Eric had to say goodbye to SMCC this past June, discussions have already begun for Mohammed Elkhattaby, SMCC’s English Program Coordinator to visit Minnesota this September. Eric is also pleased to see that the students at SMCC continue to follow and interact with his students on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat.


School-2-School is thrilled that Grand Rapids and SMCC continue to expand on their partnership and we look forward to seeing this exchange continue to grow into a long-lasting partnership. With the start of the 2016/2017 school year, we plan to continue to grow and deepen our partnerships with schools in Indonesia and Palestine. Your support made all the successes of 2015/2016 possible. Thank you again -

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