The English-Speaking Union, Kansas City Branch was one of over 50 vendors who participated in the International Relations Council's second annual "Your Global Future" event at Bartle Hall Convention Center in Kansas City on October 29, 2019. Jeff Schnabel, ESU's Programming Chair had an information table and met with many students and teachers describing some of our educational programs that could have interest to students and teachers.
IRC invited high school students from the Kansas City metro area to attend this special opportunity for them to meet local organizations, universities and businesses about international education and professional opportunities available to them.
The ESU's mission statement is to use the English language as a catalyst to foster global understanding and good will by providing educational and cultural programs for students, educators, immigrants, lifelong learners and members. Schnabel said, "This IRC event presented an ideal opportunity to showcase some of ESU's educational programs for students and teachers."
Since ESU's Annual Shakespeare Competition is in full swing to invite KC metro high schools to participate in the 2020 Competition, Schnabel noted, "The students I spoke with were excited to learn about our Shakespeare Competition. They took materials back to their English and Theatre teachers that described the Competition. I'm confident we'll see many of these schools entering the Competition for the first time due to the students' interest and excitement."
Other students were interested in ESU's TLab (Teachers Learning Abroad) program. Students commented that their teachers would be very interested in continuing their education in intensive academic programs at the University of Oxford, Shakespeare's Globe and the University of Edinburgh. Scholarships are available to enable teachers to experience authentic student life in some of the most prestigious universities in the UK during the summer of 2020.
Matthew Hughes, Executive Director of IRC, was extremely pleased with the turnout by area schools. He estimated over 400 students and teachers attended "Your Global Future" event this year and expects next year's program will double the number of schools and students at the event.