International Education Week Celebrated at Gibbs

Gibbs Magnet School of International Studies and Foreign Languages celebrated International Education Week (IEW) with V.I.P guests from around the world and around the corner. To kick off the week, Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola read a proclamation that designated September 12 as Walter Nunn Day. Mayor Stodola also shared his personal experience as a foreign exchange student in Turkey and invited Gibbs students to apply for his Mayor’s Council— a program that sends high school students abroad to visit Little Rock’s Sister Cities in China, South Korea, Taiwan, Italy and Mexico.

The honoree, Dr. Walter Nunn, has a decades-long connection to Gibbs as an international educator, citizen diplomat, and administrator of several study abroad opportunities for teachers. Dr. Nunn, recently retired, was named an Honorary Gibbs Ambassador by the Gibbs Mini U.N. and was given a “Friend of Gibbs” Award by Dr. Felicia Hobbs, Principal.


IEW, a joint initiative between the U.S. Departments of State and Education, is a celebration of international education, foreign language acquisition, and international exchanges worldwide.  The purpose of IEW is to promote mutual understanding and to attract future leaders from abroad to study in the United States. Gibbs recently hosted 12 future leaders from Africa.  The visitors, in the United States observing the presidential election, were from Burkina Faso, Central African Republic(CAR), Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Guinea, Madagascar, Mali, Niger, Senegal, and Togo.