World School International Forum 2012

Welcome to World School International Forum 2012 “Environment: Housing and Volunteerism,” hosted by Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, Tennessee, in Cooperation with Kanto International Senior High School, Tokyo Japan.


Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) and J. Frank White Academy (JFWA) are honored to host World School International Forum 2012. Ten years ago LMU/JFWA hosted the first World School held outside of Japan—World School 2002, which was a very successful event. The missions of LMU and JFWA encompass fostering an appreciation of multiculturalism, international studies, and progressive educational practices. Each of these attributes will be a catalyst for a highly successful World School 2012. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in each World School since its inception in 1997. Participation in World School has greatly impacted the global perspectives of LMU and JFWA faculty, staff, and students throughout the years. It is through the visions of programs such as World School that we all can make a difference not only in our own communities but throughout the world.

We welcome the teachers and students from the other twenty World School member institutions to the campus of Lincoln Memorial University for this global odyssey through the theme of Environment: Housing and Volunteerism. We also welcome visitors from our local schools and communities who will have an opportunity to share this journey by participating in the educational and cultural events.

World School unites, enhances a global perspective, creates international friendships, and fosters tolerance and understanding. World School encourages participants to become international citizens and ambassadors of peace. We are very proud to be a part of World School, Where We Stand As One, representing not only Lincoln Memorial University and the J. Frank White Academy, but also the United States of America

The World School was initiated in 1997 by Masaki Matsudaira, the former Chairman and present advisor to the board of trustees of Kanto International School which is located in Tokyo, Japan. The aim of the World School is to create a truly borderless entity that will bring together high school students and teachers from all areas of the world, for the purpose of helping students to adopt a global perspective, through accepting international standards. In this way we hope to prepare the students of the World School to excel in international society, which we believe will gain prominence in the new millennium.

“Where We Stand As One”
A rapid growth of technology has created a world where we must reach past our immediate cultural boundaries and behavioral patterns to include a set of standards that can help us to function in multiple cultural settings and in inter-disciplinary fields. To succeed in an international community means that we must continually stay tuned to standards that are created, be a part of the creation process itself by demonstrating the ability to voice our own set of values in an international context and to incorporate the knowledge we gain by making what we learn about the world, a part of ourselves and a part of our lives. As international citizens we must learn all we can about the world by creating a network of friendships that constantly broaden our perspectives, and to adopt the attitude that as responsible globally minded leaders of our future, together all things are possible.

Since 1997 we have been inviting students from schools all over the world to visit us annually as representatives of their countries in an international forum which has received the moral support of the Ministries of Education and the Embassies of represented countries.

One member school per country or region is chosen as a representative of the World School. Each year the member school sends three students and one teacher to a World School International Forum which is held during the end of O

October to the beginning of November. Participants are only responsible to cover the costs of transportation from their home country to the World School host city. The remaining fees are covered by the host school. We hope that this may lead to exchange programs and increase the opportunities for students to join those from many different countries, deepen international awareness and become ambassadors of peace and friendship.