Association of Southeast Asian Nations Visits Salomé Ureña Campus

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Twenty six members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children visited the CAS Salomé Ureña Campus on April 24. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton invited the group to visit the United States as part of U.S. support for ASEAN and its developing institutions. Before visiting CAS the group was meeting with officials, NGOs and others in Washington, DC. The Department of State recommended the visit to the CAS community schools as a way to see innovative practices around school, family and community partnerships in action.

The group included representatives from Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Brunei Darussalam. They toured the school and had a panel discussion with Alma Whitford, June Barnett, Margaret Caspe, Migdalia Cortes-Torres, Roy Laird and Alirio Guerrero; Hersilia Méndez moderated the panel. According to Kate Longhurst, from the Office of Multilateral Affairs, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the Department of State, the representatives loved visiting the school and in a wrap-up session yesterday afternoon, many of them counted it as a highlight of their entire visit to the United States. They were very impressed with the depth and breadth of services provided, and that services are integrated and readily available at school. They were particularly interested in CAS' focus on the family, including continuing education for parents and early childhood programs. The group wants to continue a dialogue with CAS to see how elements of the approach can be implemented in their own countries.