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Forum on Intercultural Learning and Exchange (FILE)

The topic of the seventh annual Forum on Intercultural Learning and Exchange (FILE) was “The intercultural training of teachers: what, when, how?”. This event is sponsored by the Intercultura Foundation (AFS Italy), the European Federation for Intercultural Learning (EFIL) and AFS Intercultural Programs, and it took place in Colle Val d’Elsa, Italy. Sixty experts, researchers and practitioners in the field of international youth exchanges and intercultural learning exchanged research and practical ideas on teacher training and tools to provide intercultural learning opportunities for pupils, especially in secondary schools. They concluded that teachers have the ability to transform lives and the responsibility to help students learn to live together.

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IIE Generation Study Abroad Summit

AFS Intercultural Programs and AFS USA facilitated a highly interactive workshop, “Fostering Global Competency and Creating Pathways to Study Abroad”, preceding the 2016 IIE Generation Study Abroad Summit. The workshop was attended by Generation Study Abroad partners, leaders in education, faculty members, teachers and students. The workshop focused on how intercultural learning experiences and study abroad can address and reduce cultural barriers. Participants left this session with easy-to-implement experiential learning activities, resources to develop global competency and strategies to promote study abroad in different settings.

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EFEITO+ Global Citizenship Education Workshop & Forum

AFS Brazil and AFS International jointly hosted a community impact event during the 2016 World Congress. The EFEITO+ Global Citizenship Education Workshop & Forum leveraged the principles of global citizenship education and intercultural learning to help Rio de Janeiro-area students address critical local social challenges and advance the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in their country. This public event connected the AFS global leadership with local youth and schools for a meaningful community intercultural learning opportunity. The event had two parts: an all-day Workshop on Sunday, 23 October and an evening Forum on Wednesday, 26 October.

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Upcoming education events around the world

The following are global and intercultural education events organized by AFS and other organizations around the world. If you know of any events that should be on this list, please contact us at education@afs.org.

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Forum on Intercultural Learning and Exchange (FILE VII)
AFS Italy, AFS International, European Federation for Intercultural Learning (EFIL)
Colle Val d’Elsa, Italy
2-6 November 2016
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World Bank Group Youth Summit 2016: Rethinking Education for the New Millennium
Washington, DC, USA
14-15 November 2016

CIEE Annual Conference: The Reinvention of Study Abroad: Setting the Course for 2020
CIEE
Los Angeles, CA, USA
16-19 November 2016

Intercultural competence – the key to the globalised world of today
SIETAR Poland
Wroclaw, Poland
24-27 November 2016