The Goldman Sachs Foundation and the Asia Society have announced the winners of the 2006 Goldman Sachs Foundation Prizes for Excellence in International Education. The prizes, which recognize schools and organizations working to make international knowledge and skills a key part of a 21st century education, are accompanied by a $25,000 cash award.
Driven in part by international competition, concerns about international relations, and increased parent demands for higher-level skills, the program seeks to highlight the fact that competencies in cultural awareness, world history, economics, and languages are an increasingly important part of a good education. The 2006 winners are the Washington International School, a K-8 school in Washington, D.C., that prepares students to live and work anywhere on the planet; Walter Payton College Preparatory High School, an inner-city selective enrollment school in Chicago that claims to have the largest Chinese language program in the United States; the Massachusetts Initiative for International Studies, a statewide coalition that spearheaded the introduction of legislation to promote international education and helped create the Global Education Advisory Council to the Massachusetts State Education Department; and New York City public television channel Thirteen/WNET, whose Window into Global History project engages high school teachers and students in issues of global significance.
"Emerging interconnectedness brings the promise of new markets and new levels of prosperity, but also demands a new kind of leadership — one that is internationally fluent," said Goldman Sachs Foundation president Stephanie Bell-Rose. "These award recipients are equipping the next generation of leaders with the critical international knowledge and skills they will need to lead successfully in our global society."