Secondary Education | Colorado Springs World Affairs Council

Our Educational Mission

At the Colorado Springs World Affairs Council we are dedicated to preparing this and the next generation to be more informed citizens of a global power and more effective participants in a global marketplace. The Council is non-partisan and our mission is to create and sustain greater study, discussion, and public participation in international relations. Our secondary education outreach is an integral part of this.


Students from Rampart High School who placed 3rd in Academic WorldQuest

Academic WorldQuest Winners from Rampart High School

Students from Rampart High School who placed 3rd in Academic WorldQuest

Educational Opportunities for Students and Their Teachers

High School Symposium 

Each year a timely international topic becomes the focus of an all-day interactive debate. There is a keynote speaker, a debate, and a film on the topic, followed by small group discussions and conclusions. This popular annual event takes place this year on September 23 at Colorado College, and draws several hundred students from across the city.   For information on this year’s topic, “Responding to the Global Challenge of Migration: What Factors Should Influence U.S. Policies?” and directions for registering, click High School Symposium.

International Visitors

Teachers or students may be able to offer programs to official guests of the federal government who come to Colorado Springs to investigate areas of interest.  For more information about the Committee on International Visitors, click here.

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Academic WorldQuest™

The World Affairs Councils of America’s flagship youth education program is a fun, fast-paced team competition for high school students. Academic WorldQuest tests players’ knowledge of current international politics, geography, global economics, history, and world cultures. Teams consist of four high school students who answer multiple choice questions chosen by leaders of the World Affairs Councils nationwide. The Colorado Springs winning team will go to Washington, D.C. to compete in the national finals. For a look at topics, the extensive study guide and more details visit the World Affairs Councils of America website.

Expert Speaker Opportunities

When the need arises for an expert to speak on world affair topics, teachers may look to our Speakers Bureau for the appropriate subject matter expert.

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