Sep 12, 2008, 6:29 AM
Momodou Jallow principal of Farafenni senior secondary school is in the United States of America under International Visitor Leadership Program, IVLP.
The IVLP is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program.
Through short-term visits to the United States, current and emerging leaders in a variety of fields experience the United States first-hand and cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts.
Mr. Jallow is attending a program on science and technology education in the U.S.
The program participants consisting of 20 educators from throughout the world, and they will explore how the U.S. system of education is organized; and, how curricula is developed and implemented to improve math and science instructional practices.
It will also provide an opportunity to examine best practices in classroom instruction, discuss policy initiatives and public/private partnerships to accelerate student learning in science, technology, engineering, and math, and they will review technological innovations in science education.
The three-week program will take Mr. Jallow and his counterparts from around the world to Washington DC, Portland Oregon, and two other U.S. cities.
Before his departure, Mr. Jallow met with deputy chief of mission Richard T. Yoneoka at the U.S. Embassy in Banjul.
Launched in 1940, the IVLP helps strengthen U.S. engagement with countries around the world, and cultivates lasting relationships by connecting current and emerging leaders in various fields with their American counterparts, through short-term visits to the United States.
Participants meet with professional counterparts, visit U.S. public and private sector organizations related to the project theme, and participate in cultural and social activities.
The program typically also involves a homestay with an American family.
Since its inception, over 300 Gambians have attended the IVLP and maintain the IVLP Alumni Association of The Gambia.
The association administers community development programs, including a recently-completed environmental program and a women’s empowerment project launched last month.