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American Embassy in Turkey Provides Boost for International Education
The international My Community, Our Earth (MyCOE) geography and sustainable
development project received a significant local boost due to the efforts of
the American embassy in Ankara, Turkey.
MyCOE is a special educational program that encourages participating
secondary school and university students throughout the world to use
geographic tools to demonstrate how their communities are changing, the
effects of those changes, and what might be done in their communities to
improve the quality of life and conserve natural resources.
The American embassy recently hosted a MyCOE presentation for Turkish
officials that attracted more than 70 attendees. Representatives from the
ministries of Foreign Affairs, Environment, and National Education as well
as other government officials and educators attended the meeting.
In addition, the official MyCOE announcement has been translated into
Turkish and posted on the embassy Web site.
The results of these efforts were almost immediate, with more than 40
students and teachers registering their project ideas and requesting the
free resource kits.
Organizers of the MyCOE project include the National Geographic Society, the
Association of American Geographers, the United Nations Environment
Programme, and ESRI.
The results of the MyCOE project will be presented at the World Summit for
Sustainable Development (WSSD) Conference, which will convene in
Johannesburg, South Africa, later this summer.
For additional information, please visit www.geography.org/sustainable for
program details. Students and their schools will receive educational
resource materials to assist in developing their projects. The deadline for
project submissions is May 31, 2002.
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