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Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority hosts delegation from Azerbaijan

TOLEDO, Ohio, October 21, 2019: The Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority, along with some of their 2Gen Partners, met with a delegation from Azerbaijan on Friday. The delegation was sponsored by the U.S. Open World Program—funded by the U.S. Congress and administered by Rotary International. The delegation was visiting the area to collaborate on best practices for early childhood education. Azerbaijan is a former Soviet republic and is a small petroleum exporting country. 

The group, was hosted by Adrian Morning Rotary, and finished their weeklong visit on Friday morning with a presentation on the 2Gen strategies being implemented at LMHA developments. LMHA, along with representatives from Lucas County Family Council, Zepf /NetWORK and Brothers United outlined how this emerging concept in educating and supporting not only pre-school age children, but their parents as well, produces positive results in our communities.

The 2Gen Program is an anti-poverty initiative that provides integrated support for both children and their parents. This approach has proven effective in breaking children and their families free from the taps of poverty and empowering them to live up to their full potential. It helps children and families get the education, workforce training, social support (such as parenting skills) and health care they need to create multi-generational economic stability and overall well-being.

Research shows that a parent’s education, economic stability and overall health has an impact on a child’s trajectory. A 2Gen approach helps both generations make progress together and gets closer to fulfilling all parents’ wishes that their children will do better than they did. 

The government of Azerbaijan’s goal is to expand early childhood education to centers, for children ages three and four, throughout their country. They were looking at the 2Gen model as well as gathering information from schools, preschools and daycare centers. They also visited educator training institutions at Eastern Michigan University, Adrian College and Siena Heights University.

“We were extremely happy to have hosted this delegation and familiarize them with our 2Gen approach,” stated Coleena Ali, Vice President of Resident Services for LMHA. “LMHA, along with our 2Gen partners, are striving to make this approach work for the betterment of our community.”

 

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