Generation Global Newsletter - Issue 3, 2023
Hold onto your hats because Generation Global’s third newsletter of the year is off-the-charts thrilling!
BIG News Alert: We have just launched the Generation Global App! Young people aged 13-17 can now dive into dialogue and master those essential core dialogue skills, all from the comfort of their smartphones.
This month, we are thrilled to announce two incredible partnerships that will enhance the teaching experience for educators worldwide. First, we have teamed up with the International Baccalaureate (IB) to bring our teaching resources to IB educators and the British Council to supercharge teachers with powerful dialogue tools and resources.
And that’s not all! We have also teamed up with the Rwanda’s Ministry of Education (MINEDUC) and the Rwanda Basic Education Board (REB) to bring the magic of global citizenship education to over 4,000 Rwandan youth, preparing them with the skills for life and work. These partnerships represent our commitment to fostering global citizenship education.
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The Generation Global Team
Generation Global Mobile App Launched
The moment we have all been waiting for has arrived! We are excited to announce the launch of the Generation Global App, providing young people aged 13-17 with the chance to dialogue with their global peers in over 40 countries and build core communication skills right from their smartphone.
The app brings the comprehensive benefits of our web platform whilst offering real-time notifications, offline accessibility, new skills chart, and the ability to easily book and attend video conferences via smartphones.
Best of all, it’s entirely free to use and can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Find more about the app by visiting our dedicated page or watching a new video we have produced.
Educators Community is now LIVE!
We have announced a brand-new feature - the Educators Community - on our Teacher Portal designed exclusively for educators to share insights, exchange best practices, and explore the transformative power of global citizenship education.
Here, educators can practice what they teach in their classrooms by engaging in thought-provoking conversations, posing essential questions, and exchanging innovative teaching techniques. This community empowers educators to embody the very core dialogue skills they impart to their students. All educators have to do is sign up on the Teacher Portal be able to be a part of the Educators Community. Check it out for yourself right now!
Generation Global and International Baccalaureate (IB) Team Up!
We are thrilled to announce our partnership with the International Baccalaureate (IB) to bring Generation Global dialogue resources and training to IB educators. Stay tuned for further updates on this exciting collaboration.
Generation Global and British Council Empower Educators in Dialogue Education
Generation Global and British Council have come together to provide teachers with essential professional development skills in utilising dialogue tools and resources to enhance their teaching approaches. In this partnership, educators will explore classroom resources that can elevate their teaching methods, fostering an inclusive learning environment centred around dialogue.
Empowering Rwandan youth through Dialogue
Rwanda’s Ministry of Education (MINEDUC) and the Rwanda Basic Education Board (REB) have joined forces with Generation Global to bring global citizenship education to over 4000 Rwanda youth. Together, the goal is to empower young people of Rwanda with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes they need to thrive in an interconnected and diverse world.
In July, the Generation Global team trained 69 teachers from 10 Kigali schools. The training covered dialogue pedagogy, core skills, practical activities, and lesson plans, empowering teachers to seamlessly integrate dialogue-based learning into their daily teaching practices. During the training, a teacher shared: “The two days of training have been truly transformative, and I am immensely grateful for the knowledge, insights, and skills you imparted during our time together.”
The Power of Intercultural Connection - engaging in dialogue across boundaries
Generation Global team members, Kayla and Holly, have penned an insightful blog to delve deeper into the importance of intercultural interaction. This piece explores how dialogue serves as a powerful bridge across borders, nurturing authentic connections, and empowering young minds to contribute to a more inclusive and interconnected world. Dive deeper into this topic by reading their blog post here.
Youth Day Dialogues
This August, 300+ young people from India, Indonesia, Philippines, and Afghanistan took part in Generation Global Youth Day Dialogues, where they shared their experiences and perspectives on global topics of Identity and Belonging, Civic Participation, and Global Citizenship.
After participating in the virtual dialogues, a Student from Afghanistan shared, “As my first time being to participate in a video conference and talking about important topics such as Civic Participation, I enjoyed it very much and it was so interesting to me. In this video conference, I had the opportunity to listen, talk, ask questions, and receive feedback from my peers. I had a great time with my peers from different parts of the world foster mutual understanding and worldview.”
Educator Meet-Up Part II
In September, we hosted a special workshop for educators on ‘Enriching learning through extra curriculars’ to learn and share the importance and best practices of extracurricular activities and their impact on your students’ overall development. We were delighted to welcome over 200+ educators from 20 countries, including Rwanda, Taiwan, Brazil, Mongolia, and many more.
During the meet-up, one participant from India shared a unique approach at their school, where extracurriculars are referred to as co-curricular activities, emphasising their importance in broadening students’ skill sets. They have integrated co-curricular activities into the weekly schedule, allocating 40 minutes per week for each student to engage in clubs of their choice including Generation Global Club. Here, young minds tackle global issues while nurturing future-ready skills.
Partnership anniversary with Children Believe
This International Youth Day on 12th August, Generation Global and Children Believe marked a year of partnership. Together, we celebrated young people in Ghana, Burkina Faso, and India, supporting them on their journey to enhance confidence, communication skills, and critical thinking through intercultural dialogues as part of their participation in the Generation Global programme. To remember this milestone, we released a photo snippet and a blog that encapsulate our accomplishments and experiences over the past year.
Generation Global at Festival of Education
As part of our commitment to global education, our Director, Lucy Hayter, took the stage at the Festival of Education this past July. The session resonated with educators and practitioners alike, who eagerly delved into the world of Generation Global’s dialogue pedagogy, dynamic skill-building strategies, and engaging classroom resources. The event was a great success, reigniting our passion for fostering meaningful global connections through dialogue education.
New Resource Alert: ‘Quality Education’
Download our latest teaching resource on ‘Quality Education’. This comprehensive tool highlights education as a fundamental human right that transforms lives and builds a better world.
Within this resource, you will find a thorough exploration of the significance of quality education for all, and its pivotal role as a United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG). Learners will engage in a thought-provoking journey, delving into the global challenges that surround quality education, while also envisioning the future of learning, equipped with essential 21st-century skills.
Being a Professional Teacher
The Commonwealth Education Trust, one of our partners, has launched a brand-new course, ‘Being a Professional Teacher’. This course is a direct response to the invaluable insights and feedback provided by the dedicated members of their Teach2030 community. Whether you are a seasoned educator with years of experience or just beginning your teaching journey, ‘Being a Professional Teacher’ is designed to empower you with practical skills and knowledge to effectively apply teaching standards in your day-to-day practice. For more information about this course, please read this blog.
Passport to Earning (P2E) by Generation Unlimited
P2E represents Generation Unlimited’s flagship e-learning platform, dedicated to equipping young people with the right 21st-century skills and connect them to relevant opportunities, such as internships, apprenticeships, entrepreneurship, employment, and social impact.
P2E aims to work with Government, UN Agencies, NGOs, and the Private Sector to deliver long-term sustainable skilling for 5 million youth (15-29 years) in India by 2024, providing them with a world-class learning platform, certificate programs, and opportunities required for their success - in other words, become their “Passport to Earning”. Find out more about this initiative here.
“Through Generation Global video conferences, I have built my communication skills, my collaboration skills, and I have learned a lot. Especially by empathising with other students and experiencing the problems that they have been going through.”
Aditi, Student, City Montessori School (India)
“I use dialogue in my classroom because I firmly believe that dialogue is key to creating safe and empathetic space for everyone. I am very proud to say that I have seen my students have become more empathetic, more engaged, and active citizens.”
Paula Marty, Social Science and Humanities Teacher
PrepaTec Monterrey (Mexico)