Bishop Ward High School

Bishop Ward Hosts Iraqi Delegates

April 22, 2016 (Kansas City, Kan.): Bishop Ward High School was pleased to host several delegates from Iraq on Monday, April 25. Students had the unique opportunity to engage in a live face-to-face international conversation about what they are learning about their government, press and interaction between the two.

The delegates look to the United States as a role model for nation building and used this visit as a chance to learn about the US and share about their own country. They presented to the students on the conflict in Kurdistan as it seeks to become an independent nation and about the progress being made in Iraq to move forward as a country.

“What a special opportunity to connect with these international visitors and be able to provide a real-life interaction. Our students were able to ask questions and learn directly from one another.  As a Catholic high school, we have a unique perspective when it comes to integrating government, religion and even science. We were lucky to share our distinctive position with these visitors,” said Devon Whitton, Bishop Ward Social Studies teacher. 

Thriving in the urban core for over 108 years, Bishop Ward High School is diverse in their own right, representing students of many nationalities and religions. The school welcomes all students with open arms and reminds students that there is a larger world beyond their backyard by taking students on an international mission trip and by having a strong partnership with a school in Uganda.  

The school was selected by Global Ties KC as the only high school institution in the Kansas City metro to host a visit with this group. The Iraqi delegates are in the United States under the auspices of the Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program. The program in western Missouri and Kansas is arranged by Global Ties KC, an organization thats purpose is to improve global understanding and make peace through exchange programs between international leaders and their American counterparts in Kansas and Western Missouri.

The Iraqi delegates are high-level government officials from the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Finance and Economy, Media and Awareness, and the Independent Human Rights Commission. They are participating in the “Running a Government Press Office, A Project for Iraq” program.