International Education Week (November 15-21) is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.
In honor of International Education Week the Public Affairs Section organized daily events on a range of topics about Fulbright Scholarships, educational advising through EducationUSA, English language training, and the experience of studying in the United States. These activities aimed to give Nigerien students the tools and information to be competitive applicants to American universities. The programs also provided important information about scholarships and gave students confidence in their ability to succeed in the United States. The International Education Week program reflects the Embassy’s commitment to increasing the number of Nigeriens studying in the United States.
Some of the highlights of this week have been when Nigerien Fulbright Alumnus Candide Nazzirou presented on his experiences as a student in Arizona and Tennessee. Nazzirou talked about how to deal with culture shock and gave advice on applying for scholarships. Holly Farris gave a presentation to the same group emphasizing the American university experience. EducationUSA Advisor Oumar Adama Maiga appeared on Labari TV to talk about the ever popular topic of admission procedures and opportunities to gain scholarships for Nigerien students at American universities. Finally, Ambassador Reddick gave a very animated book reading for a group of mesmerized toddlers at the Kokaranta School.