Teachers and Students Making Connections
2010 Global Action Week – “Education for All” Campaign
Many students and teachers in BC work to make a difference, globally, not just at home. The Global Action Week of April 19 to 25, 2010, provides an opportunity to feature projects that are focused on the international goal of Education for All. The following five stories describe action that leads toward global understanding as well as providing concrete support for education of students in other countries.
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School Projects and Youth Programs
Many BC teachers and students have developed international projects through global studies courses or global awareness clubs. Some of these have created websites that tell about their projects. Course outlines and lists of teaching resources are part of a number of these websites.
- Belmont Secondary
Outreach program, Mexico 2005 housebuilding project. Belmont students assisted in the construction of a house in Vicente Guerrero for a family in need -- a young, single Mexican woman and her three children. Their web site describes the scope of the project and how the students prepared for the trip.
- Johnson Heights Secondary
The students at Johnson Heights Secondary in Surrey received an anti-racism award for the Ribbon Simulation Game. Check out the description of how to play the game, including video examples of different aspects.
- McBride Elementary Annex
McBride Annex, an elementary school with just over 60 students, has raised over $2,000 to finish construction on Ufenkenda orphanage in Nkurenkuru, Namibia. This is a small, isolated community located in the “bush” of northern Namibia.
- Richmond Secondary
A tradition has developed at some Richmond secondary schools of major projects where students engage in a working visit to a project in a developing country. They learn a great deal both at home and abroad, and contribute to a project that has an ongoing impact. Richmond Secondary school projects are described on their Global Perspectives web site.
- Stelly’s Secondary
Stelly’s Secondary in the Saanich district has run a career preparation program to encourage students to consider work in the international development field.
- Steveston Secondary
Steveston Secondary has carried out projects with Casa Guatemala for nearly 20 years. You can find out about the project through student essays and photos.
Here are some Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) sites dedicated to involving youths in global education.
- Check Your Head: The Youth Global Education Network is an organization that works with young people to raise awareness of globalization from a social justice perspective. The offer workshops in schools and sponsor youth conferences.
- Canada World Youth is looking for teachers and administrators interested in partnering with the organization to create unique Global Learner non-formal education programs for students.
- The Maquila Solidarity Network (MSN) is a Canadian network promoting solidarity with workers producing goods for Nike, Adidas and other things we wear. Their web site includes ideas for action as well as information.
- The Pembina Institute's Green Learning web site provides environmental education programs and offers programs specifically for teachers. The site includes interactive tools, resources, and activities.
- The World Food Program has a well produced simulation game on issues related to world food supply and some of the critical questions involved in supplying food aid and resolving a famine crisis.