Cool Schools: Inquisitive Students Ask Tough Questions

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WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- "The question I asked him was about Gay rights in his country, like does he defend it?"

Fearless is one way to describe the inquisitive students at Bell Multicultural High School. Harold Dawson's question was directed to the Chilean Ambassador to the United States!

Visiting embassies is one of the ways the school gets its students to think globally.

The teens took the mission to heart according to Ambassador Arturo Feramdios. "These guys were very provocative. They didn't have any problem asking you shocking things, because they wanted to know about that, so from my perspective, it was an enriching opportunity too."

The trip was organized by the non profit organization Global Kids. Director Eddie Mandhry says the goals include giving the students a chance "to influence policy change and address some of the things that are happening in their community in different parts of the nation, or in Africa, central America or in Europe."

That, coupled with their school work, can lead the students to think beyond our borders as they plan for their future, says Maria Tukeva, the Principal of Bell Multicultural High School, "because a lot of our students are bilingual or becoming bilingual, then they could understand that they could work in an embassy some day, or work for the state department."

International exposure and getting a chance for an interesting job right here at home, now that's a Cool School.

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