Since being founded in 1989 by then-Director of the Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell, The Coverdell World Wise Schools (WWS) program has worked to fulfill the third goal of the Peace Corps: to educate Americans about the people and countries where Peace Corps Volunteers serve. More than two million students have participated in WWS programs, broadening their perspectives, increasing cultural awareness, understanding global connections, and performing community service. Educators can use published WWS materials to teach cross-cultural understanding and respect for other cultures worldwide. The materials are used in subjects as varied as social studies, language arts, mathematics, science, foreign languages, environmental education, and international economics. Teachers incorporate WWS materials into existing study units or use them as the centerpiece of an interdisciplinary curriculum.
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