Sunday, January 5, 2014

Global Education Activities

International Education and PAR value of the whole person and target educational indicators such as reflectioncooperation and social engagement.  

Oxfam’s "Guide to Education for Global Citizenship" develops knowledge, attitude and skills such as:  
asking questions
participating in society
acknowledges global issues

Through the use of photography, this curriculum asks participants to reflect on their values, beliefs and stereotypes.  In “Changing Situations” participants are asked to look carefully at a photograph and discuss what they believe is happening. They are then asked to use evidence from the photograph to think about what might have happened before the photograph was taken.  

Using a photograph of someone from another country, “Links and Commonalities”, asks participants to find all the commonalities and links between their lives and the life of a person in the picture. These activities suggest that photography plays an important part in forming our values toward other people, place and cultures. Photography and other media outlets are a great tool for inquiry and reflection. They help build respect for people, an ability to argue effectively, as well as empathy and equity. 

In “Get Global”, global education is defined as skill based.  This project based curriculum is a process of six steps that focus on how to:
build leadership through action
develop enquiry and participation
reflect and an understand the world as a global community

To begin, "Get Global" asks participants to choose an issue. In “Local to Global Power”,  participants are asked to discuss power, influence and understand who influences and has power over them. Using a Venn diagram, participants calculate the number of people who have power over them at local, national and global levels. Activities such as this give participants an idea of who stakeholder, allies, and challengers may be for their project.  

The Global Dimension In Action” asks teachers to create curriculum to explore:
what connects students to the rest of the world
what enables engagement with complex global issues
what builds links between lives, people, places and issues

Langdon School served low-income students that felt overwhelmed by the scale of global poverty. To build global citizenship, Staff and faculty planned a timetable of activity weeks where students would link learning about global issues and their role as active world citizens.  In 2005 students took part in “Send My Friend to School” and learned that 80 million children who miss out on schooling.  Learning about this issues inspired 60-70 students to start volunteering, and they chose to take part in Make Poverty History campaign.

Global Education curriculum are project based. Participants are asked to practice reflection and leadership. These curricula and others like them ask participants to assess their relationship to the world and work with others to address issues of importance.

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