Primary and Secondary Education: February 27th - March 4th
11 people from Afghanistan will visit NH to talk about our education systems. The group will meet with various schools throughout the state, politicians working on education, and other stakeholders. This will help the group to understand the role politicians play in creating educational policy. Also, the group will learn about the new technology being used in the classroom and how it might be adapted to the realities of the classroom in Afghanistan. We will give the group the opportunity to learn about best practices in the field and help them to increase their teaching effectiveness.
Open World Accountable Governance: February 28th - March 8th
A group of 5 visitors from Russia will come to New Hampshire for training on accountability in government and US culture. This group will have the opportunity to meet with various governmental officials, non-profits, and media members to talk about how they all work to make sure the government stays open and transparent to the people. This will help the group to understand the ethics, accountability, and separation of powers inherent in the system. They will also have the opportunity to explore the various cultural aspects of the US.
Transparency in Federal, State, and Local Governments: March 2nd - 5th7 visitors from South and Central Asia will visit New Hampshire to talk about transparency in government. We will bring them around to various governmental and non-profit organizations to talk about how the NH State Government is held accountable and made transparent. Discussions will focus on open meeting and right-to-know laws here in the state, as well as how organization can work to gather government information. Finally, we will discuss how transparency in all aspects of the political system, including elections, is essential to maintaining our democracy.
Transparency and Accountability in Government: March 5th - 8th
A group of 5 visitors from Venezuela will visit New Hampshire to talk about open government and how NH keeps things transparent. They will have the opportunity to meet with various state and local governments, newspapers, as well as non-profits to get an overview of the systems we use. The group will also learn about the state's right-to-know laws and how citizens can use this law to learn about the government.
Developing Issue-Based Campaign Skills for Political Actors: March 9 - 13
New Hampshire will host 9 politicians from Iraq for this program. The group is coming to learn how campaigns are run in the US based on the issues as a way to help them move away from campaigns based on sectarian votes. We will have the group meet with various politicians, campaigns, campaign advisers, and other political groups. We will also take the group to a local Town Meeting to see true democracy in action.
US Financial Systems and the Global Economy: March 12th - 15th
8 financial experts from Europe will visit the Granite State to see where we place in the world and how the state has recovered from the economic collapse. We will set up meetings with government agencies, non-profits, and companies to talk about how they are protecting themselves from future issues and what the regulators learned in the last recession.
Rule of Law: March 12th - 15th
A group of 4 legal professionals from Montenegro will visit NH to look at our legal systems and how we maintain the rule of law. We will set up meeting with judicial officials, police units, and take a tour of a local jail with this program. This will help the visitors to better understand how our police, court, and detention centers function to uphold peace and security, while still protecting basic freedoms.
Religious Freedom: March 19th - 22nd
During this time NH will play host to a group of 3 visitors from Kyrgyzstan to talk about religious freedoms in the US. We will meet with religious groups, human rights activists, interfaith councils, and other religiously minded people. Our discussions will help the visitors to better understand how religion is kept separate from government and why people are able to practice, or not practice, how they please.
The American Language II: Connecting English Teachers with US History and Culture: March 20th - 25th
As a part of a larger group, 5 visitors from multiple countries will visit New Hampshire to learn about teaching English as a second language. We will have the group meet with teachers, administrators, and non-profits to talk about how English is taught in the US. Also, we will host conversations on cultural issues in the country that the group can take back good information on.
Youth Engagement in the Political Process: March 20th- 26th
4 visitors from Yemen will visit NH to talk about how youth are involved in our political system. Meetings will be arranged with various political entities, as well as youth, to hear how they ensure the youth voice is heard. This will help the group to better understand how to engage youth and increase their engagement.
YOUNG AFRICAN LEADERS: DEMOCRACY IN ACTION, THE 2013 U.S. STATE AND LOCAL ELECTIONS (ENGLISH): March 29th - April 2nd
New Hampshire will play host to a group of 11 African political leaders who will be here to talk about elections in the US. They will get a great overview of the political process here in NH and why we play such a big role in elections. Discussions will be set up with candidates for the upcoming elections, non-profits, and governmental agencies to learn about the ins and outs of the electoral process. Learning about the election system here in NH will give the group a good perspective to compare what they see elsewhere in the country.
The Legislative Process in the US:
A single visitor from Afghanistan has been invited to New Hampshire for a program on the legislative process. We will arrange for meetings with governmental agencies, non-profits, and other stakeholders to learn about how the government functions. This will give him insight into the nature of our volunteer government and show him why it works here. He will take back with him a better understanding of citizen government and will be able to share this information with his counterparts.
Note: Unfortunately, this program has been postponed. We will update the dates when new ones are decided.