Guest post by Barbara Zielonka @bar_zie
We would like to invite you to the global and collaborative project for middle and high school students and teachers #singlevoicesglobalchoices. We are reaching out to educators who want to bring the real world into their classrooms and who want to engage their students without the coursebook.
We are going to do that by focusing every month on one or more international event/ events created by the United Nations and other organizations and by analyzing current events. International days are occasions to educate our students on issues of concern, to mobilize political will and resources, to address global problems and to celebrate and reinforce the achievements of humanity. The existence of international days predates the establishment of the United Nations but is also a powerful advocacy tool that may help us empower our students and create global citizens who are aware of the wider world, have a sense of their role as world citizens, respect and value diversity, want to tackle social justice, and believe that all children and young people have a right to an education.
Each international day offers the opportunity to organize activities related to the theme of the day at our schools. The themes of international days we have selected will always link to:
- the maintenance of international peace and security;
- the promotion of sustainable development and global mindedness;
- the protection of human rights, and the guarantee of international law and humanitarian action
The main aims of this global and collaborative project are to:
- infuse curriculums with more project-based learning and exposure to real-world examples;
- empower students by giving them the opportunity to co-create knowledge and learn through mistakes in a safe environment;
- support students in becoming familiar with the professional environment and behaviours such as clear and timely communication, thinking critically, problem-solving and time management;
- help students to see how their achievements are based upon more than just the grades they earn in class, but also the experiences they develop during their lessons
Upon completion of this project, students will:
- define real world problems and find solutions;
- meet international students and become a part of a global community;
- participate in thought-provoking conversations and self–reflection activities that challenge students to investigate global problems;
- gain factual knowledge of human rights and environmental issues;
- learn and expand their digital citizenship skills;
- be challenged to share the information they learn;
- develop their global competency.
More than ever before rapidly changing working conditions and social structures require students to actively shape their role in society. Schools form future leaders for positions in society that require a high degree of social emotional skills and global mindedness. In response to that, our project provides specific collaborative assignments and strategic threads to realise related education goals. Democracy and citizenship, health and life skills, sustainable development are three interdisciplinary themes the project aims to address.
After having registered, we will verify your identity and invite you to our Microsoft Team where all the collaboration will take place.
Find more information about out project here:
We hope to see you soon! Join us in this collaborative and global adventure!
Lesley Fearn, Lynn Thomas and Barbara Anna Zielonka
Project logo- created by Barbara Anna Zielonka
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