Partnership for Schools (P4S): Teaching for Diversity


February 26 - March 12, 2011


Application deadline has passed.




[ Bahasa Indonesia ]


The East-West Center’s AsiaPacificEd Program for Schools is pleased to announce the 2011 Partnership for Schools (P4S) Program. Subject to funding, the East-West Center will invite approximately 20 pesantren, or Islamic boarding school, leaders from Indonesia to the United States for a two-week program in March of 2011. The goal of the 2011 P4S program is to strengthen school-to-school ties at the grassroots level by building professional, institutional, and personal relationships of substance between educators in Hawaii and Indonesia. Both Indonesia and Hawaii are important international gathering places, where individuals routinely encounter the religious, ethnic, and philosophical diversity that is found both within and between nations. By recognizing what makes us unique as well as what we share, the program enables participants to emerge with the skills of a peacemaker, capable of diffusing negative and stereotyped perceptions.


Indonesian educators will spend the first week engaged in workshops that address diversity, and different ways to craft humanizing and empathy-building multicultural curriculum. The second week will include spending time visiting schools on Oahu to gain cultural understanding of the U.S. educational system and the diverse culture and communities of Hawaii. They will also have the opportunity to work in teams with American teachers on projects that support engaging youth in the themes of personal and public diversity. Because of the many problems we face in today’s world and the clear need for collaboration to solve those problems, young people in Indonesia and the United States need to have access to a curriculum that introduces multiple cultural perspectives and promotes multifaceted understandings of history and contemporary events. Together teachers from Hawaii and Indonesia will discuss, reflect upon and commit to teaching from multiple perspectives. Teachers will develop new pedagogical knowledge and skills, and the means to adapt and apply these to cross-cultural conflicts and challenges at home. Indonesian educators will leave Hawaii with a strong new set of tools to build communication skills in students and help them better understand the world’s complexities.



There is no fee for this program. The East-West Center will cover the cost of roundtrip international travel between Jakarta and Honolulu and any program-related travel in Hawaii; arrange and cover the cost of on-campus housing, meals and all program materials in Hawaii; work with the US Embassy in Jakarta to help secure participants’ visas to the United States and reimburse participants for the cost of the visa application and SEVIS fee.


Participants will be responsible for their travel cost to Jakarta or Surabaya for the US visa interview and approval as well as arranging and covering the cost of their passport and airport exit fees in Indonesia, and any personal spending while in the United States.




The East-West Center promotes better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia, and the Pacific through cooperative study, research, and dialogue. Established by the US Congress in 1960, the Center serves as a resource for information and analysis on critical issues of common concern, bringing people together to exchange views, build expertise, and develop policy options. The Center’s 21-acre Honolulu campus, adjacent to the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, is located midway between Asia and the US mainland and features research, residential, and international conference facilities. The Center’s Washington, DC office focuses on preparing the United States for an era of growing Asia Pacific prominence.


The East-West Center’s AsiaPacificEd Program for Schools works with elementary and secondary school teachers and youth in the United States and in Asia Pacific to foster mutual knowledge and understanding as well as cross-cultural communication and collaborative skills key to community building in the Asia Pacific region.



Application material must be received at the East-West Center by December 15, 2010.The following items constitute a complete application packet:


  • A completed application form


  • A Statement of purpose: Please describe your professional background and interest in the subject of the program; your special perspective, skills (including technology and communications skills), and/or experiences that would contribute to the program; and please make clear note of how you hope to apply these experiences and perspectives to the work of your particular classroom, school, and community. Since we want the collaborative exchanges between educators to continue well beyond the direct scope of this project, please also let us know how you propose to make continued use of new connections and relationships as you return to your classrooms and community. Your statement of purpose must be typed in English (two pages, single-spaced, using font size 12 pt; Times New Roman).


  • Two references: For teachers, one of your references must be from your school leader (kyai) or principal. For kyai or principals of pesantren, one of your references must be from a teacher at your school. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ask the referees to send the reference form directly to the East-West Center and to make certain that they are received by the application deadline.




Should you have any questions about the P4S program or need further assistance, please contact:


AsiaPacificEd Program
East-West Center
1601 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI 96848
Phone: 001-1-808-944-7378; Fax: 001-1-808-944-7070
Email: [email protected]