On December 5, Ambassador Suzi LeVine and Eric LeVine visited Uzwil Oberstufe to learn about the students’ participation in the GLOBE program. Second-year students presented their research on leaf growth which they had gathered over the course of the school year. Their attention to data integrity and keen observation skills demonstrated how much young people can accomplish when teachers encourage them to follow their natural curiosity. After the presentations, the students prepared a traditional Swiss meal for Mayor Lucas Keel and a U.S. Embassy representative – a delicious lunch that quickly disappeared from the plates of the enthusiastic guests.
The meeting at Uzwil was one of over 50 engagements the U.S. Embassy has had with student groups in the past year. In addition to visiting schools, diplomats from the U.S. Embassy Bern have welcomed countless students and exchange program alumni to share experiences and learn about embassy work. Recent visitors included students from Global Perspectives Program, Youth for Understanding and Schulen nach Bern. Ambassador LeVine and her husband Eric even led a “walking discussion” recently with university students in Bern on the theme of tolerance and appreciation for diverse perspectives.
Engaging with young people is an Embassy priority. Each dialogue presents a new opportunity to discuss topics that matter to tomorrow’s leaders – both Swiss and American. Would you like a diplomat from the U.S. Embassy to visit your school? Let us know here!