Groups of educators from Islamic boarding schools in Indonesia
will be spending the next two weeks visiting schools in 11 U.S. states as part
of a new East-West Center AsiaPacificEd program designed to foster mutual
understanding between the United States and Indonesia, the most populous Muslim
nation in the world.
The Partnership for Schools Leading Change program has brought 45 educators from 31 private Islamic boarding schools, called pesantren, in various regions of Indonesia to visit schools in diverse communities around the U.S. Twenty-three American schools are participating in the program, in cities and towns as varied as Berkeley (CA), Hilo (HI), Eugene (OR), Hamilton (OH), Indianapolis (IN), Attleboro (MA), Bloomfield (CT), Scarsdale (NY), Fayetteville (NC), and Tampa (FL).
The participants, a number of them Muslim clerics, gathered first in Indonesia for orientation meetings, then spent a week attending a “best practices” workshop at the East-West Center’s Honolulu campus before departing for the schools they will visit. They will then return to Honolulu to compare notes and tour several schools.
Goals of the program include:
Funding for the Partnership for Schools Leading Change program is provided by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Click here for more information on the program.