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As IVECA Fall semester begins, new teachers from South Korea, the United States and Sri Lanka came together this week for teacher professional development sessions to start preparing for a semester full of fun, meaningful intercultural activities with IVECA. While they were introduced to IVECA’s mission towards enriching students' lives as global citizens, the teachers shared greater enthusiasm and commitment to a successful semester.

Through the teacher professional development sessions, educators learn more about one another and IVECA. This session allowed teachers to understand the goals of the program while expressing their dedication and eagerness in helping their students become compassionate global citizens. One Korean teacher put it, “I hope that students will gain a deeper understanding of different cultures, perspectives, and global issues through interactions with students and teachers from around the world.”

Teachers also learned about guiding their students through cross-cultural communication with their global partners, broaching a wide range of topics such as artificial intelligence, natural resources, philosophy and more. Using the IVECA platform, students and teachers can share their experiences and views on such topics through multimedia posts and presentations.

Setting the tone for the rest of the semester, teachers shared engaging posts introducing themselves to each other, just as their students will in the coming days. One teacher expressed their excitement in “equipping students with essential digital skills and tools” to communicate effectively with their partners. Meanwhile, a veteran teacher from the United States shared her gratitude that the IVECA program provides her students in rural Virginia the opportunity to become global citizens despite their remote location.

With educators united in purpose and passion, this new semester promises to bridge divides and cultivate a generation of global citizens who truly understand and appreciate the cultural dynamics of our global community.

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As the Fall semester has now arrived, the IVECA Team is delighted to extend a warm welcome to educators and students from around the world. Embarking on another cross-cultural journey through our virtual exchange activities, we are thrilled to have returning and new students and teachers back for another semester filled with intercultural learning and global collaboration.

At IVECA, we remain steadfast in our mission to facilitate the exchange of diverse ideas, fostering an environment where the next generation can cultivate essential 21st-century skills such as creativity, intercultural communication, and critical thinking. Our ultimate aspiration is to nurture interculturally competent global citizens who are not only willing but eager to work together towards making a brighter global future for everyone. This semester, students from primary and secondary schools across the United States, China, Korea, Tunisia, and Sri Lanka join us in this pursuit.

Our commitment to foster global citizenships reaches beyond our younger learners. IVECA’s university program, Greening Education Partnership, continues to flourish this semester accompanying esteemed university partners from the United States , India and South Korea. In keeping with the UN SDG Summit's emphasis on amplifying global efforts to meet sustainable development goals, these youth changemakers will present their tangible solutions and recommendations for sustainable environments at the United Nations. This event will involve diverse stakeholders including UN representatives, private and public sector leaders, and members from NGOs and civil society.

As the new semester begins, we look forward to embracing the diversity of voices and ideas shared through the virtual exchange classroom. It is in these interactions that we can build connections, broaden our horizons, and cultivate a deep appreciation and respect for humanity.

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High school students and educators from Argentina and Tunisia gathered virtually on the final day of the IVECA Summer Exchange Program offered from July 26 through August 4. Filled with excitement and anticipation, students presented their group work on using Artificial Intelligence (AI) for environmental sustainability, sharing intercultural insights and collaborative efforts towards potential solutions.

Argentina's students engaged in discussions that revolved around AI's pivotal role in addressing deforestation, an issue with wide-ranging impacts. One group shed light on the power of AI-driven technologies, such as satellite imagery and drones, for real-time monitoring of expansive forested regions. These technologies not only identify instances of illegal logging but also facilitate the tracking of changes over time, enabling swift intervention by authorities. Moreover, AI's capacity to enhance public awareness through social media analysis and chatbots was exemplified by the impactful "CHACO FOREST" campaign.

On the other side, Tunisian students tackled their nation's environmental challenges. One group highlighted the vulnerabilities of coastal regions due to climate change, showcasing AI-powered solutions to fortify coastal development. A shining example was the Coastal Resilience Project, emphasizing regulatory frameworks, risk reduction measures, enhanced climate information, and strategic financing as cornerstones of a resilient coastal future. Another group from Tunisia directed their attention toward desertification, a pressing concern. They explored how innovative agritech applications leveraging AI could empower farmers, monitor land health, and safeguard vital ecosystems. While acknowledging the limitations of AI, the students brainstormed strategies to enhance accessibility, improve performance, amplify marketing efforts, secure financing, and bolster the overall sustainability of their proposed solutions.

As the Live Class concluded, students from both sides reflected their appreciation, gratitude, and a renewed commitment to a sustainable future. Tunisia's students echoed insightful sentiments, “We teenagers from different worlds and different cultures fought together in order to counter the environmental issues that have been endangering our planet that are climate change, water pollution, desertification, air pollution etc. Throughout this experience, we’ve been trying to fight against environmental problems. The solutions that you explored and suggested had encouraged us to participate and to build a healthy green planet.” Similarly, Argentina's students found themselves captivated by the insights and perspectives shared during the Live Class, highlighting, “This experience took time and effort but it is worth it. We are so delighted and full of joy to be here today because we feel we have learnt a lot regarding cultures, our world and environmental sustainability.”

Throughout the exciting experience of being part of the IVECA Summer Exchange Program, students from Tunisia and Argentina showcased their passion, ingenuity, and determination to address the planet's pressing challenges. The Live Class was not merely a showcase of solutions; it was a canvas upon which cultural exchanges and collaborative efforts painted a picture of hope. Argentina and Tunisia came together to discuss shared concerns, applaud each other's initiatives, and weave a tapestry of ideas that transcended borders. As their shared experiences and insights reverberate beyond this Live Class, a profound ripple effect of positive change is poised to touch lives, inspire action, and usher in a new era of collaborative technological solutions for a brighter, greener future.

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