>Pittsburgh City Council ProclamationPosted: June 23, 2009
June 23 is Father’s Day in Uganda, Victory Day in Estonia, and Saint Jonas Day in Lithuania. It’s the birthday of Zinedine Zidane, Chico DeBarge and Clarence Thomas. But in Pittsburgh, June 23, 2009 can also be known as World Affairs Council and Global Travel Day, thanks to a City Council proclamation issued this morning. Council Member Patrick Dowd sponsored the proclamation to call attention to our Global Travel Scholarship Program.
The 2009 class of Global Travel Scholars, ten in all – the largest group yet, will be departing for their overseas destinations within the next week. Programs last three to five weeks and involve a combination of host family stays, language training, community service, and outdoor adventures. This year’s scholars will be going to: Australia, Japan, Thailand, China, Mongolia, Turkey, Germany, Spain, France, and Costa Rica, and hail from schools across the region. Ultimately, to quote the proclamation, “[The Program] cultivates their cosmopolitan and cultural sensibilities; and allows them to return home with an expanded perspective on various subjects, as informed advocates for international dialogue and exchange.”
Additionally, the proclamation called attention to the upcoming G-20 summit in September, saying that Pittsburgh’s selection “highlights the Council’s successful efforts at demonstrating the growing connections between Pittsburgh and its national and international neighbors.”
And speaking of international travelers, our study tour to Europe with 12 local educators will leave this Saturday for Paris, Brussels, Vienna and Bratislava. We will be posting updates during the trip, so keep this page bookmarked!