United States – Chile Cooperation on Education
Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs
March 20, 2011
President Obama and President Piñera are committed to an expanding and comprehensive education partnership. They affirm that U.S.-Chile education cooperation contributes to the creation of knowledge-rich societies. The U.S.-Chile partnership is critical to improving and expanding access to quality education, promoting educational exchanges, and developing greater mutual understanding and lasting relationships in all fields. The Obama Administration supports Chile’s goals of improving the quality of education through outreach to educational policymakers, trainers, and teachers, and by direct engagement with youth.
Toward this end, President Obama and President Piñera agreed to strengthen existing U.S.-Chile cooperation on education, while encouraging new collaboration:
Youth Ambassadors and Science Camps: The United States is committed to expanding opportunities for Chilean youth at all levels of society. Approximately 28 Chilean high school students have traveled, and roughly 20 will travel, to the United States this year under the Youth Ambassadors Program. Through U.S. government sponsorship, Chilean students from disadvantaged backgrounds also participate in the National Youth Science Camp, a one-month residential program in West Virginia, and in the Institute of the Americas’ summer science program.