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Raising our Youth as Global Citizens

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Global KidsWITHOUT A DOUBT, the Global Kids’ Digitial Media Initiative is one of the most inspiring, and yet down-to-earth projects out there. Certainly worth looking at, is their Digital Media Essay section. Similarly, Life Round Here, is very similar with work from 10-13 year olds from around the world submitting Digital stories. Also, Global Learning: Connecting the World with ePals. insightful commentary what education could and should look like if students are to learn by connecting with learners in other parts of the world.  To help students get a large world-perspective on the world, the Whole Earth Video which comprises of NASA footage of the satellites looking towards the earth, is a reminder of ‘the earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens’. Worldometers,  ‘managed by an international dream of developers, researchers, and volunteers with the goal of making world statistics available in a thought provoking and time relevant format to a wide audience around the world.‘.Very simple, and yet very effective.

LIKEWISE, HeiferVillage is a Serious Game created by Heifer International, and BeaconFire they hope to educate players about real world conditions of poverty, and how communities can create sustainable solutions to this plight via the ‘innovative and proven method to reduce poverty and hunger around the world: they give families living in poverty a gift of a goat, chicken, sheep, or other farm animal, along with training of sustainable farming methods.

GET ideas (Global Education Transformation) is an amazing site for all those wishing to gain solid pedagogy ideas and resources on global education for the 21st Century,

Get a sneak preview of ServiceNation’s Summit, ‘where 500 leaders of all ages from every sector of American life — from universities and foundations, to business and politics, to celebrate the power and potential of citizen service, and lay out a bold policy blueprint for addressing America’s greatest social challenges through expanded opportunities for volunteer and national service‘. Although this is very American-focused, I have included it because I think that the solutions to their social challenges are applicable to many, if not all, countries around the world.

In the spirit of ‘Think Global. Act local’, I close with an article ‘Make Youth Neighbourhood Nicer… in 11 easy steps‘  as found by a very good site by Kevin Harris aptly named ‘Neighbourhoods‘.

Finally, I end with a slightly tangential resource: ‘Great Speeches of the 2oth Centruy‘, part of the Guardian.co.uk’s website, including very well-known ones such as Churchill’s ‘We shall fight on the beaches’, JFK’s ‘Ask not what your country can do for you’ and Mandela’s ‘An ideal for which I am prepared to die for.’

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2 Responses to “Raising our Youth as Global Citizens”

  1. This is an excellent resource. I sincerely hope you will keep it updated and going.

  2. You’ve inspired me to write another post.
    Thanks for your encouragement!

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