Students from China to Visit CU Wednesday, July 16
Athens, W.Va. – A 60-member delegation of high school students and their chaperons from China will be visiting Concord University this Wednesday, July 16. They will arrive around 9:30 a.m. and be treated to a tour of “the campus beautiful” and then enjoy lunch in the Jerry L. Beasley Student Center cafeteria.
Mrs. Kim Hatfield, a volunteer who is coordinating activities for the delegation, noted that, “Overall, there are a number of purposes for this trip. We wanted to give them an opportunity to learn about the culture of the United States and to help them to understand how to resolve conflict peacefully. We travelled to West Virginia because we wanted to show them what ‘real’ America looks like,” she continued. “We’ve also taken them to Washington, D.C., and they will see New York City. Whenever we take them into the ‘heart’ of America, we believe we are showing them how people in America truly live. We are coming to Concord because we want them to see our educational institutions.”
The visit is sponsored by UNESCO’s (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) Center for Peace International Model United Nations. UNESCO is working to create the conditions for genuine dialogue based upon respect for shared values and the dignity of each civilization and culture. In short, UNESCO promotes international cooperation among its 193 (as of October 2007) member states and six associate members in the fields of education, science, culture and communication.
The delegation arrived in the United States on July 5 and will leave July 22. They will be staying at Pipestem Resort State Park after leaving Concord.
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