Global Citizens in Action: US-Afghan Virtual Exchange
Global Citizens in Action (formerly Youth LINKS) offers educators and students in the US and Afghanistan a dynamic educational and collaborative platform to engage in dialogue and learning on topics of cultural exchange, media literacy and civic engagement. In partnership, Global Nomads Group (GNG) and School of Leadership, Afghanistan (SOLA), have developed a distinctive approach for this program, combining in-school curriculum and training with virtual exchanges promoting active intercultural learning and communication.
Global Citizens in Action (GCA) exchanges and activities are designed to promote cultural tolerance, understanding, and critical thinking – skills that are needed in times of conflict and peacebuilding. Through this program, students in Afghanistan and the US will have the opportunity to connect directly through interactive videoconferencing, social networking and more. It is our hope that through this program students will learn something new about the US, Afghanistan and their relationship; and that this new knowledge will give them the energy and confidence to start making a difference in their own communities.
PROGRAM FACT SHEET
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* When citing these materials, please include these recommended citations:
Global Nomads Group, “Global Citizens in Action Educator Handbook,” (2012). www.gng.org.
Global Nomads Group, “Global Citizens in Action Student Workbook,” (2012). www.gng.org.
• SCHOOL PAIRS- Groups of students from selected schools are paired off with a partner group from Afghanistan/the US. The pair will work together through the duration of the program.
• TIMEFRAME- Student program activities will occur between late September through late May 2013.
• EDUCATOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT – GNG will provide participating educators with tools and resources to implement the program in the classroom. This includes training on how to effectively integrate program curriculum, best practices for videoconferencing, tutorial of various program activities such as social networking platform, etc. This will occur late August/early September. Exact dates to be determined by school calendar of selected participants.
• PROJECT-BASED CURRICULUM- The standards-based curriculum is designed to support program implementation. In project-based learning, emphasis is placed on student inquiry and investigation through hands-on activities. Details found below.
• INTERACTIVE VIDEOCONFERENCES (IVC)- Through the internet and supporting tech hardware, classrooms connect in real-time for face-to-face dialogue and interaction. Five IVCs will take place during program- approximately every six weeks beginning October. Exact dates are to be determined by school calendars of participating schools.
• SOCIAL NETWORKING PLATFORM- Students and educators will engage on a social networking platform, designed for Youth LINKS participants.
• FINAL COLLABORATIVE PROJECT- As part of the curriculum, student groups will be supported in developing final collaborative projects with their partner schools. This project will be centered around the program’s essential question, “how does dialogue contribute to peacebuilding” and will showcase their cumulative knowledge over the course of the program.
In project-based learning, emphasis is placed on student inquiry and investigation through hands-on activities. The Global Citizens in Action curriculum allows students to explore the question, “How does dialogue contribute to peacebuilding?” through at least five (5) modules, each including an interactive videoconference (IVC), on the topics of cultural exchange, media literacy and civic engagement.
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