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Northeast Times | November 30, 2021

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Kazakh leaders examine libraries, community centers in Fort Worth

Kazakh leaders examine libraries, community centers in Fort Worth

The Open World Leadership Center, an agency of the U.S. Congress, has sent a delegation of Kazakh librarians to Fort Worth from June 14-23. The delegation consists of six professionals and will be accompanied by a bicultural facilitator and an interpreter. While in Fort Worth, the Open World program participants will be hosted by Fort Worth Sister Cities International.

Before their arrival in Fort Worth, the participants completed an orientation in Washington, D.C. Delegates had policy meetings with U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey of District 33.

In Fort Worth, delegates will collaborate on best practices for libraries and community centers with staff and local leaders in Fort Worth. Additional activities include visits to Texas A&M Law School, Texas Christian University and the UNT Health Science Center. The delegation will stay in the homes of Fort Worth residents who serve as hospitality hosts.

More than 28,000 current and future leaders from post-Soviet-era countries have participated in the Open World program. Open World offers one of the most effective U.S. exchange programs to promote mutually beneficial options for engagement between future national leaders.