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Mission Statement

Global Voices is a non-for-profit program that uses the power of art and language to promote cross-cultural understanding and good will between American middle and high school students and their peers around the world.


 « Global Voices »  برنامح غير ربحي ، يستخدم قوة الفن واللغة لتعزيز التفاهم بين الثقافات وحسن النية بين الطلاب الأمريكيين ذوي المستوى الإعدادي و الثانوي  ونظرائهم في جميع أنحاء العالم.


« Global Voices » est un programme à but non lucratif qui utilise la force de l'art et du langage pour promouvoir le rapprochement interculturel et la bonne volonté entre les élèves américains des collèges et des lycées  et ceux du reste du monde.





Global Voices es un programa sin fines de lucro ,que usa el poder del arte e idioma para promover el entendimiento intercultural y la buena voluntad entre alumnos Americanos de varias escuelas secundarias y sus compañeros alrededor del mundo.



Global Voices: Theatre
"Global Voices is the best opportunity, if not the only one, for our students to share their experiences and their Moroccan heritage with their American partners, to exchange idea about different values and beliefs, to share their feelings and their worries with the American students, and above all to make everlasting friendships."
 Bouchaib Mouflih, Principal, Oued Eddahab High School, Casablanca

“This is important because it could change what we think of each other.”  
   - Student, King Hussein School, Amman, Jordan

How Global Voices Works
By design, theater demands cooperation, both within the classes and between the collaborating schools. First, students are taught the basics of playwriting, including an introduction to the elements of drama: setting, character, plot, conflict, dialogue, and theme.   Next, they develop a storyline and compose a play in the language being studied.  The play can be (and has been) about anything but most often the plays address issues confronting both American students and their international partners, for example, illegal immigration, drugs, violence against women, generational issues.    

During the composition stage, the partnered classes exchange their work, helping each other with proper language usage.  Finally, the students exchange their plays and perform them for each other over an Internet video connection. 

Impact of Global Voices
Begun in Chicago in 2004, the program provides a unique opportunity to open American schools to genuine interaction with a larger world.  Since its beginning Global Voices has served 12,000 students worldwide and currently reaches 2000 annually.   Last year 29 schools, 40 teachers, 50 classes and 2750 students participated in the program.

Global Voices is in twelve schools in Chicago: Schurz High School in French, linked with Casablanca, Morocco; Lindblom High School in Arabic linked with Amman, Jordan and Casablanca, Morocco; Kelly High School in English as a Second Language, linked with Birmingham, England; Northside Prep in Mandarin Chinese linked with Beijing; Francis Parker in French linked in French with Casablanca, Morocco; University of Chicago Laboratory School linked in French to Martinique; Westinghouse College Prep linked in Spanish to Bogota, Columbia; Murphy Elementary School lined in Spanish to Mexico; Passages Elementary School linked to Casablanca, Morocco; Rutledge Hall in Lincolnwood linked to Beirut, Lebanon; Evanston Township High School linked in French to Casablanca, Morocco; Sullivan High School linked on French to Casablanca, Morocco.  Global Voices has, in addition, recently begun a program partnered with Cairo, Egypt.  The program is also located in Boston at Buckingham, Browne and Nichols linked to Casablanca, Morocco.

A study of the theatre component of Global Voices by the Harris School for Public Policy at the University of Chicago showed that Global Voices students developed a greater sense of tolerance and saw fewer differences between themselves and their sister students.  Teachers reported increased class participation and said that Global Voices motivated students to learn the language at a faster pace.

“I am writing to express our appreciation for the Global Voices it is a big thrill to know that our students' Chinese dramas have been shared with Beijing N.8 School and the dramas have also been performed in for Chinese speaking communities in Chicago.”       
   - Barry Rodgers, Principal Northside College Prep H.S.

The MacArthur Foundation has sponsored Global Voices Initiative.   This is a select scenes from their documentary. 

This video shows students involved working together.