“Giving students the ability to interact with and understand different cultures is critical to building a brighter future. Combating cultural ignorance—and the fear and intolerance it breeds—begins with young people.”
— Mike Bloomberg, Founder, Bloomberg Philanthropies and Bloomberg LP; 108th Mayor of the City of New York
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“Interaction among students from different cultures promotes attitudes of empathy and respect for diversity and they think about the issues of global interest, which helps students to carry out critical written of the reality surrounding them.”
— Mònica Pereña, Deputy Director General of Language and Multilingualism, Catalan Regional Ministry of Education
 
“I think that a part of a well-rounded education beyond the traditional reading, writing, and arithmetic has to be a global experience. Our children will help us as we go toward the future, making sure that we know more and more about each other.”
— Michael Nutter, 98th Mayor of Philadelphia
“There is no substitute for direct connection with people who live different lives than we do. It’s how I have learned everything that I know that I value.”
— Dr. Robert C. Orr, Dean, University of Maryland School of Public Policy
 
“When Global Cities, Inc. is engaging students in understanding what sustainability means, and how topics that are global connect with actions that are local, and how that global citizenship absolutely connects with local leadership, it is helping them discover how to take action. It is helping to build confidence. It is shaping the disposition that we are in charge.”
— Fernando Reimers, Ford Foundation Professor of Practice in International Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
 

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