The BRIDGE Program

Building Respect Through International Dialogue and Global Education
A Stevens Initiative Program


Connecting educators and youth in the Middle East, North Africa, and the U.S.

The BRIDGE Program is part of the Stevens Initiative, a public-private partnership designed to increase people-to-people exchanges between youth in the United States and the Middle East and North Africa as a lasting tribute to the legacy of Ambassador Chris Stevens. The Initiative aims to increase mutual understanding between youth in middle school through post-secondary education, and equip a generation of globally-minded youth with the skills they need to succeed in an increasingly interdependent world. The Initiative is funded by the U.S. Department of State and the Bezos Family Foundation, among other donors.

In the BRIDGE Program, iEARN provides professional online training and curriculum-based virtual exchange activities for educators in 11 MENA countries and their U.S. counterparts. Following an online course, educators connect their students through asynchronous activities that will culminate in videoconference connections and community exhibitions in five thematic areas: environment, civic education, heritage, identity and tradition, food security, and arts and media production.

Our Activities


Teachers receive training on global project-based learning through local, in-country workshops. Workshops tailor training materials to fit specific local and national educational standards and linguistic needs.


Educators participate in a facilitated online course to help them align collaborative projects with their curricula and standards, and facilitate dialogue, connections, and co-planning between educators from different countries.


Educators connect their students through a collaborative project exchanges. Classes join projects based on their thematic interest area in groups with four to five classes from other countries for their exchange activities.


Students and teachers organize local and virtual project exhibitions to showcase their work to each other and a larger audience and document the final outcomes of the their online exchange.

Latest News



Hajer Brahem
iEARN Teacher

This framework opens a window from the classroom to the world and makes it possible for students to travel to other countries virtually but PURPOSEFULLY.

Hicham Astaifi
iEARN Teacher

It encourages youth to come together and shoulder the responsibility of crying out loud for a better world. They aspire to a good present and a better future no matter where they come from, what language they speak, what ethnicity they belong to, or what religious belief they have. They all stand together, one body, sharing same world concerns, collaborating and cooperating, learning and tasting the sense of responsibility.

Abdelkrim Rahmouni
iEARN Teacher

iEARN has proven that by one click, a single young student in the farthest point in this globe can share his simple humble idea with thousands of his peers.

Saliha Belhacene
iEARN Teacher

I would like to express my gratitude to the team of iEARN in general. I haven’t stopped thinking about how warm and how open the participants were. The organizers and all the attendees were at each day of the conference. It was wonderful to be among kindred souls for a brief time.

Sukina Almaen
iEARN Teacher

iEARN changed my perspective towards things.  Where there was a situation, I looked at it in terms of what I could do to help and not what I could to do to gain.

Greg Reiva
iEARN Teacher
United States

Fundamentally, the Earth Stewardship Project, as part of the iEARN Bridge Program, provides educators with a truly unique opportunity to involve students in investigative and problem solving challenges, while helping them develop their cognitive abilities to effectively communicate and collaborate with peers from across the world. 


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