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Science and Arts Foundation News: SAF Launches Iran Internship Program

Science and Arts Foundation
Newsletter No. 31, May 2003


SAF-USA in collaboration with SAF-Iran has launched an internship program. This exciting program will offer young Iranian expatriates the opportunity to spend the summer in Iran learning the language, experiencing the culture firsthand and making connections and friendships that will last a lifetime. This is a unique opportunity for young Iranian expatriates to travel back to Iran, and to work as interns with one of the most innovative non-governmental organizations in Iran. SAF interns will have the opportunity to work directly with students in some of Iran's best schools, and to serve as mentors and educators for high school students, experiencing a side of Iran, they would rarely have the opportunity to experience, all the while visiting with family and friends. There are several types of internships available with SAF, giving interns substantial work experience in a developing country. This is a great opportunity for students who want to gain international work experience and give something back to their country of origin. For more information on this program please contact:


Through a competitive application process, SAF, in collaboration with a team of teachers and principals, has selected 52 Iranian educators and two students to attend the iEARN Conference in Japan The fifty-two educators were selected from among a pool of over 400 applicants for their commitment to promoting excellence, their promotion of interactive and student-centered teaching styles and innovation in integrating ICT in regular classroom curricula. The participation of Elham Delzendeh and Afra Abnar, both from Farzanegan Girls' High School, in the Youth Summit, a first for Iranian students, has been made possible through the generous support of iEARN.

The Iranian team is preparing for this conference, by organizing over 25 presentations, many of which will highlight the successful projects implemented through the iEARN-Iran Forum through SchoolNet. The iEARN-Iran forum is home to 15 projects initiated by Iranian educators and students, who, utilizing this and other iEARN venues, have engaged in discussion and joint projects with their counterparts in the Germany, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, China, Japan, India, US and Russia, on a variety of educational and cultural topics. These activities provide Iranian students and teachers with the opportunity to learn about and understand different cultures while teaching others about Iranian culture and heritage and breaking stereotypes.

SAF-USA, the main financial sponsor of this project, is conducting outreach to donor organizations and individuals to cover the costs of travel, registration and lodging of Iranian participants at this important event. Sponsorship for each teacher is estimated at $1,800.

Please support this worthy effort to provide professional training opportunities for some of the most outstanding educators in Iran, by making a contribution today at:


As part of its commitment to promoting equal educational opportunities for people with disabilities, SAF-Iran organized a comprehensive 5-week ICT training course for the visually impaired. The first session of this training series, held at Narjes School in Tehran, provided 24 teachers and students from Khazali, Mohebbi, and Narjes schools, with an opportunity for hands-on training on Windows and Tarava-a voice browser, developed by SAF, which assists visually impaired persons in the use of computers and the Internet. Mr. Rezaee, a visually impaired teacher at Aba Basir in Isfahan, lead the training effort. As part of the curricula for this training, SAF has provided support to Mr. Rezaee to develop ten cassettes and one CD. The Organization for Special Education has agreed to distribute these training materials to all schools for the visually impaired. In collaboration with the Children's Foundation, SAF has already equipped four computer sites for the visually impaired in the cities of Tehran (Khazali and Narjes), Isfahan (Aba-Basir) and Tabriz (Shahid Moradi). This effort promises to have a profound and positive impact on national educational strategies for special needs children in Iran. For more information please visit:


As part of an ongoing effort to develop ICT skills in Sistan and Baluchestan province and particularly at the Zahedan ICT Center, a team of SAF trainers traveled to Zahedan, during the Nowruz holidays, where they held a nine-day training course for resource persons working with Center. Training was provided on a number of commonly used office applications, including: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Front Page; network administration; and hardware assembly. These trainings are designed to strengthen the capacity and skills of resource persons working at the Center as trainers. The three training courses were offered to 23 resource persons in two shifts. Additionally, eight resource persons are participating in a ten-week JAVA training program scheduled on the weekends, when the Center is less active. These efforts are part of an ongoing training program, funded through the World Bank's Information for Development Program. For more information on the Zahedan ICT Center please visit:

*All SAF-USA projects are in compliance with US Sanctions regulations and do not involve the transfer of funds to Iran or any other country not allowed by US law. For more information on SAF USA's projects, please contact:

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