Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Somerville's Sister City relationship with Tiznit, Morocco

Question/Comment:  A resident heard the Mayor say something about a trip Morocco in the Ward 5 ResiStat meeting.  If this trip has something to do with Somerville she is interested in learning more about what it has to do with the city and how it is being funded. 

City Update 12/11/09: University of the Middle East Project, who work in Somerville at the Armory, asked if the City would consider embarking on a Sister Cities project with Tiznit, Morocco.  The UME Project receives funding through Sister Cities International, so though the City typically does most of the work regarding Sister Cities relationships, this was a ready-made one.  UME already does numerous trips with groups from around the country, connecting teachers, artists, and businesses with their counterparts in Tiznit, and it has been very successful.  The City is creating a similar exchange in Somerville.  A group of teachers and artists will be participating in the trip along with the Mayor on the trip from December 16th through the 21st.  Anyone wishing to travel funds their own trip, although UME provided grant opportunities to help subsidize teachers.

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