On April 6, Mr. Abdelkamel Lahlou, Director of Le Cedre School in Casablanca was in Chicago to visit Le Cedre’s sister school in Chicago, Francis W. Parker School.
While in Chicago, Mr. Lahlou met with members of the Casablanca Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International, who accompanied him on a tour of Francis Parker. They also had the opportunity to discuss how they can work together to bring the schools closer and to facilitate a deeper engagement among students.
Pictured in front of the sister cities signs at Francis W. Parker School, from left to right: Francis Parker French teacher Lorin Pritikin; Francis Parker principal Dan Frank; Mr. Lahlou; Andy Tinich; Casablanca Committee Co-Chairs Lisa Roberts and Julie Stagliano; and Mr. Lahlou’s son.
Also in early April, the Casablanca Committee enhanced the visit of five security officials from Morocco who stopped in Chicago as part of their International Visitor Leadership Program, sponsored by the US Department of State. The Casablanca Committee hosted a dinner for them and arranged a meeting at the FBI to discuss complex international crime and terrorism issues and collaboration among agencies. The theme of their visit was Cross Border Security Issues.
The International Visitor Leadership Program promotes mutual understanding through carefully designed visits to the U.S for international visitors that address their professional interests and expand their range of contacts. From its launch in the 1940s, the IVLP has provided leaders from all over the world the opportunity to exchange knowledge and ideas in their professional fields and to build lasting relationships with those they meet. The program, which invites over 4,000 distinguished visitors to the U.S. every year, is funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.