E. Friendship Through Education
4. FTE Resources
The following resources are provided to increase cultural
understanding and to foster exchanges between US students and students in
predominately Muslim countries.
For an extensive listing of global education
resource links, see our library of
Global Education Resources.
Educational Resources for Discussing
Coalition of Essential Schools
"Framing Discussions of Terrible Events," offers questions that teachers can
use to frame dialogue about events surrounding September 11th.
Educators for Social
Produces guides to help teachers discuss recent events with young people.
Education Development Center
Offers a mini-curriculum entitled "Beyond Blame: Reacting to the Terrorist
Attack" for middle and high school students.
Global Connections: The Middle East/Communities Respond
In the wake of September 11, communities across the country were faced with
the difficult task of helping people cope with an unprecedented tragedy. The
Case Studies and Local Responses to 9/11 are just a few examples of how some
communities addressed the crisis.
Learning About Islam
The Asia Society features a collection of teaching resources on the recent
histories of Central and South Asia. The unit also provides broader context
on many topics, including the many faces of Islam. The site offers teachers
and students resources, such as lesson plans, readings, maps, online
exhibitions, exchange opportunities, etc.
poster exhibit which is the first of its kind aimed at presenting Islamic
information in a fascinating format.
Global Connections: the Middle East
Collection of background articles, lesson plans, timeline, and other
resources about the Middle East.
History for Kids: Islam
Teacher guides, lessons, crafts and other information for kids about Islam.
Islam for Children
Educational website that teaches children about Islamic traditions.
Middle East Institute (Introduction to Islam)
Introduction to Islam by M. Cherif Bassioumi is available on the
Middle East Institute's website. The book, which is written for a non-Muslim
audience, presents an understanding of Islam, its history, culture, and
contribution to civilization. M. Cherif Bassioumi is a Professor of Law at
For Cultural and Educational Outreach
A guide for school boards, superintendents, administrators and educators to
assist them in explaining and discussing with students how Islam condemns
violence and terrorism.
Muslim Intercultural Awareness Resources
NAFSA: Association of International Educators
U.S. - Muslim
This project is designed to promote increased communication between Muslim
students and their peers and improve the campus services provided to Muslim
United States Institute for Peace: Special Muslim Initiative
This is a major integrative effort to develop crisis prevention strategies
for managing and resolving international conflicts resulting from the
violence of terrorism and turmoil in the Muslim world, bring the unique
strengths of the Institute to bear on the policy debate and actions
necessary to respond to the enormous challenges of terrorism, and support
those in the Muslim world working through nonviolent means to integrate
democratic and human rights principles into existing Islamic political,
social, and economic frameworks.
International Education Exchange Programs
Teaching exchange program that strives to encourage and build international
understanding and friendship by offering young people the opportunity to
share their language, culture, and expertise at schools around the world.
Programs include: The Intern Teacher Program; The Exchange Teacher Program;
and the Amity Volunteer Teachers Abroad Program.
Council on Standards for Educational Travel CSIET
A number of exchange organizations, both for-profit and non-profit, are
options to enable students to travel and study in countries around the
world, including those that are predominantly Muslim populated. Another
option is to serve as a host family for a student from abroad. The Council
on Standards for Educational Travel (CSIET) is one place to explore
approximately 100 programs that meet its criteria. CSIET publishes an annual
handbook listing programs which exchange with specific countries.
Additional Support Services
National Peers Association
A support service initiated by peers in a variety of diverse settings. Peer
helpers act as preventive agents, using education and forums for learning to
prevent conflict, promote toleration and trans-cultural understanding, and
service to others. The organization is now active in over fourteen different
countries around the world.
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