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Generation Global

Developing global citizens through intercultural dialogue

Generation Global is the Tony Blair Institute’s education programme for young people ages 13 to 17 that equips them with the knowledge of global issues, life skills, and attitudes of open-mindedness to become active and engaged global citizens. We provide live dialogue sessions and interactive online modules on global topics for learners and educational materials for teachers.

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November 2023
Young people are open-minded global citizens who leverage intercultural dialogue to engage with diversity and navigate global challenges. Generation Global provides a platform for them to share their perspectives and ideas, foster camaraderie, celebrate diversity, and respect each other's perspectives and ideas.

About the innovation

What is Generation Global?

Ten million young people reach working age each month. Yet, the education they receive does not equip them to thrive in an increasingly interconnected world.  

Together we can help young people be more resilient in the face of global challenges, by making education systems more inclusive and better equipped to support students’ development into active and open-minded citizens. Generation Global helps young people find their voice in an increasingly interconnected world. We offer:

1) Free, flexible teaching resources and skill building activities for 13-17-year-olds on a range of global issues, and high-quality training and support for teachers. 

2) Our facilitated videoconferences are a unique opportunity for students to engage in dialogue on complex contemporary issues, improve communication skills, boost self-confidence, and develop critical thinking. This is synchronous video-based dialogue, it takes place at the same time, giving direct communication with their global peers. 

3) The Ultimate Dialogue Adventure (UDA): UDA is an immersive and fun online game for young people aged 13-17 to develop core dialogue skills, explore 14+ global topics, and build intercultural connections with peers from all over the world through written and live dialogues.

The UDA is accessible via both an online platform and a Mobile App, offering young people the flexibility to engage in dialogues anywhere, anytime. The App provides the convenience of real-time notifications, offline content access, and seamless interaction in low-bandwidth settings. It's a testament to our commitment to accessibility, ensuring that individuals, regardless of their background or economic status, can engage in dialogue. Moreover, the App complies with the Web Accessibility Initiative 2.1 guidelines, prioritising inclusivity, especially for individuals with disabilities. 

  • Be part of a safe and moderated online global community, that connects students around the world outside of the classroom; 
  • Be able to learn the key skills of dialogue, which are critical thinking, active listening, global communication, questioning and reflection; 
  • Improve their communication skills and enhance their English language skills in a way that is engaging and informative, through forums and facilitated video conferences;
  • Share their perspectives on a range of topics, including the importance of education, the rights of women and girls, climate change, media and fake news, culture and beliefs.
  • Have fun as part of a gamified online learning experience! 

At its core, the programme adheres to established educational standards, including the Home Learning Approaches Framework and ISTE Student Standards, providing young people with an immersive learning experience.  

Our practical approach to global citizenship has been tried and tested in over 30 countries, with state and country education ministries and departments, and our resources are recognised as best practice by UNESCO, The Club de Madrid,  National Council for Social Studies, and the Brookings Institution. 

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Free access to resources and the ability for any school to register for online participation in the program, this innovation can be easily scaled internationally.
By creating a safe space for students to interact with students from different countries while training teachers on effective dialogue facilitation, this innovation is a safe and impactful global citizenship program.
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Essentials of Dialogue Young people need tools to build societies that welcome diversity and encourage an open-minded and inclusive approach. To support this, educators need straightforward and simple lessons and activities. This is a free resource filled with activities for use in learning communities to build the core skills of dialogue and is foundational for any curriculum or programme.
Building capacity of school leaders in Accra, Ghana Generation Global organised a session for school leaders to learn about Global Citizenship Education resources & explore ways to incorporate them into their schools in order to equip young people with 21st century skills. Leaders from Ridge Church School, Alpha Beta School, DPS International, and many others actively participated in the session.
Generation Global has teamed up with Lead for Ghana To support soft skills development including self-confidence, effective communication, global citizenship, & critical thinking in young people . To provide a platform for them to learn & practice these skills with peers and grow as open-minded global citizens. To provide a space for young people to learn & explore contemporary global issues.
Generation Global and the Commonwealth Education Trust (CET) have joined forces. This partnership is supporting educators globally in strengthening their professional development in global citizenship education and promoting the Teach2030 mission to provide educators with continuous learning opportunities through a variety of free self-paced courses.
Partnered with YuWaah: a public-private-youth partnership platform by UNICEF We are collaborating to provide opportunities to adolescents and young people in India, including those with special needs, those leaving care institutions, migrant youth, victims of child labour, violence, child marriage, and trafficking, in order to equip them with 21st century skills and active citizenship.
Educator capacity building in Indonesia Generation Global organised an in-person training for educators from various schools in Indonesia to help them use the programme more effectively in their classrooms and connect our resources on global topics such as Health and Well-being, Digital Wellness, Fake News Online, Wealth and Poverty, Climate Change, and many others to the subjects they teach.
Generation global programme launched for students in A.P. and Tamil Nadu
The Hindu, a leading Indian newspaper published about the launch of Generation Global programme in schools of Andhra Pradesh & Tamil Nadu with Children Believe to transform the mindset & attitudes of young people and make them 'global citizens' Read more here: www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/generation-global-programme-launched-for-students-in-ap-and-tamil-nadu/article65835984.ece
'Through interacting with peers from other parts of the world, more awareness will be created among our students about current global issues and ways to address them,' says Odette Kuunaa Dery (left), a member of the science faculty at a junior high in Tamale. Read how youth expand local conversations to worldwide: generation.global/news/2022/08/16/children-believe-partners-with-generation-global/
Celebrated World Youth Skills Day Generation Global invited young people to share the skills they gained through participation in the programme on World Youth Skills Day through the medium of a photo. Check out what young people shared here: https://twitter.com/Gen_Global_/status/1548004474911764484
Introduction to Dialogue course launch event - Generation Global
Generation Global launched its first online professional development course for educators with an online webinar in which experts and practitioners from the United States, Africa, and Mexico discussed the importance of intercultural communication for Global Citizenship. Watch the online launch here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olhfpN7h0EM
Youth Blog: Easy Ways to Sustain the Dialogue Skills Rishabh, our alumni moderator, has been learning the skills required to be a Global Citizen through the Ultimate Dialogue Adventure. He writes about how the programme is supporting him in developing future-ready skills in a fun and engaging way. Read here: https://generation.global/news/2023/02/21/easy-ways-to-sutain-the-dialogue-skills/
A journey and a dream to master the dialogue skills and pass them on to others
Kotturu is a first-generation learner from Chittoor (India) who is actively participating in the Generation Global programme to develop 21st century skills, learn about different cultures & values, and foster open-minded attitudes in order to thrive in an ever-changing interconnected world & prepare for the future workforce. Here's what he has to share: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zixq6ja0ikU&t=12s
#MyFreedomDay: Promoting Student Action Against Human Trafficking | The International Educator (TIE Online)
Veronica McDaniel, a secondary school physical and health education teacher at Atlanta International School, has published a blog in which she shares her students' experiences participating in Generation Global's global youth dialogues on the topic of human trafficking. https://www.tieonline.com/article/3419/-myfreedomday-promoting-student-action-against-human-trafficking
Keren! Siswa Subang Diskusi Soal Perubahan Iklim dengan Siswa India
Pasundan Ekspres published an article about young people developing global skills through Generation Global Video Conferences. The students came together to discuss the topic of climate change. Read more here: https://pasundan.jabarekspres.com/2023/01/19/keren-siswa-subang-diskusi-soal-perubahan-iklim-dengan-siswa-india/
Global Citizenship - What is it for the youth of tomorrow? Vaidehi, a Generation Global alumni from India, answers three critical questions that young people today may have on their path to becoming global citizens. Her blog for young people helps them understand their relationship with the world. generation.global/news/2023/01/19/global-citizenship-what-is-it-for-the-youth-of-tomorrow/
Generation Global at the TVET launch in Bonn Generation Global spoke about the programme and its importance in education in providing core communication skills to young people as they transition into technical and vocational opportunities. She presented this on a panel with other Global Skills Academy members at the UNESCO Strategy for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) launch
At Global Learning for an Open World (GLOW) conference We offered a session entitled ‘Transferable Skills: Tools for Youth Voice & Agency Through Dialogue’ at the 2022 GLOW conference. The session explored why integrating dialogue as a key learning strategy is essential & how it provides tools for supporting youth voice and agency in developing core skills for intercultural communication.
Generation Global at DigCit Connect We conducted a session at DigCit Connect - a virtual summit produced by the DigCit Coalition in partnership with ISTE and the Los Angeles School District’s Instructional Technology Initiative (ITI), where she discussed about practical approaches for supporting young people in our highly digital world.
Generation Global educator wins Outstanding Teacher and Education Personnel Award 2022 Ahmad Thohir Yoga, a Generation Global educator from Indonesia, has been awarded the Outstanding Teacher and Education Personnel Award (GTK) 2022 by Ministry of Religious Affairs in Indonesia for his innovation in global citizenship education for madrasah students using the Ultimate Dialogue Adventure.
Sharing Experiences Matters - Big or Small Yamun, a Generation Global alumni moderator from India, writes a blog in which he shares quick tips for making sharing experiences more effective and memorable for young people when interacting in physical space or virtually through video conferences https://generation.global/news/2022/12/06/sharing-experiences-matter/
Photo Contest on Well-Being We launched a well-being photo contest for young people to learn what this means to them and what they do to maintain their well-being. We received over 330 entries from young people that represented their sense of well-being, and from over 15 countries. The top three winners of this year’s photo contest are Dipesh (India), Polina (Ukraine), and Gaurav (India).
Climate Change and Wealth and Poverty resources updated! We have updated our teaching materials to support educators in teaching a full unit or individual lessons to students aged 13 to 17. Each resource includes skill-building activities, lesson plans, reflection exercises, and video conferencing preparation tips, and is ideal for teaching about UN SDG 1: No Poverty and SDG 13: Climate Action.
New ‘Digital Wellness’ topic for young people to create safe experiences online Technology and online spaces are a necessary part of young people’s life, and it is important that they understand how to stay safe and healthy online. To address this need, we have launched a new topic on the Ultimate Dialogue Adventure (UDA): Digital Wellness!
Strengthening global citizenship education in Burkina Faso, Ghana, and India
Strengthening global citizenship education in Burkina Faso, Ghana, and India Almost 90% of youth in developing countries face barriers to accessing education and training globally. Watch this video to learn how Children Believe and Generation Global are empowering young people from underserved areas with 21st-century skills. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JAJcxUqG8c
‘Skills for Communicating with the world’ at The Youth Assembly Generation Global led a workshop on ‘Skills for Communicating with the World’ at the 27th session of the AFS Youth Assembly in New York. At the workshop, our team addressed young adults to be global communicators capable of navigating their future pathways and social interactions within education, employment, and diverse communities.
At the Festival of Education Generation Global led an interactive session on ‘Cultivating Global Citizens & the Importance of Fun in Driving Educational Outcomes’ at FoE. During the session, educators & participants learned about our approach to dialogue and the programme’s gamified platform Ultimate Dialogue Adventure which equips young people to become active and open-minded global citizens.
Our visit to India! Our team travelled to New Delhi, Lucknow, and Chittoor to meet educators, school leaders, and young people to learn about their Generation Global experiences. We led focus group discussions in schools & communities to better understand what young people and educators enjoy and value, as well as the challenges they face, and to ensure how we can support them
Generation Global is now on Instagram! Through our dedicated Instagram channel, we will foster a community of young people and provide them with a space to discuss global issues that are important to them, such as Climate Change, Women’s Rights, and Hate Speech. https://www.instagram.com/gen_global/
SDG Dialogues Series 2022 | Generation Global
We hosted the SDG Dialogue Series for learners to gain knowledge and engage in dialogue on four select UN Sustainable Development Goals, namely SDG 3, SDG 8, SDG 10, and SDG 13. Throughout July, 400+ learners from more than 20 countries shared their personal experiences through live video conferences. https://generation.global/events/2022-07-sdg-series-2022/
First online professional development course launched ‘Introduction to Dialogue’ course is designed to equip formal & non-formal educators with an understanding of dialogue skills, and the resources needed for implementing intercultural dialogue practices into their learning communities. Educators can enrol in this free & self-paced course through Teacher Portal: adventure.generation.global
Taking Global Citizenship to Ghana and Burkina Faso with Children Believe As part of Generation Global partnership with Children believe, we trained facilitators and volunteers to incorporate dialogue and Global Citizenship resources with young people so that they can provide a space for youth to learn and explore contemporary global issues and support them in developing 21st century skills.
'Health and Well Being' topic launched We added a new a topic that could not be more relevant to the current time we are living in - Health and Well-Being! This topic will encourage young people to learn about health, explore what influences their health and how they can promote healthy living, as well as further engage in dialogue with their peers on this topic.
The importance of fun in learning to drive outcomes at EdTechX Generation Global was invited to the EdTechX event, held as part of London EdTech Week. Our director, Lucy Hayter, discussed the importance of 'fun' in education with Shahneila Saeed of Ukie - The Association for UK Interactive Entertainment, Bo Stjerne Thomsen of Lego Foundation, and Tamas Haiman of SuperCharger Ventures.
Preparing future global citizens As part of the International Conference on Transformative Education for Global Citizenship and Sustainable Development (ICTE) 2022 organised by Global Citizenship Foundation, Generation Global was invited to talk about the 'Importance of cultivating Global Citizens Through Dialogue'.
Future of Gaming in Education - DEFI
Future of Gaming in Education Generation Global spoke at the Digital Education Futures Initiative (DEFI) Cambridge event about developing Global Citizens through gamified dialogic practices, as well as how Generation Global's student-led gamified platform, the Ultimate Dialogue Adventure, is advancing learning for young people. https://www.deficambridge.org/events/future-of-gaming-in-education/
India Education Summit 2022 Day 2 Live
Professional aka problem-solving thinkers Generation Global participated at the Indian Education Summit 2022 to discuss the need for education programmes. Along with Generation Unlimited, we shared our experiences with providing a safe space for young people to express themselves and develop 21st century skills. You can watch the event here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sjz1M1LHQWU
Teaching ‘Generation Global’
Teaching 'Generation Global' In her recent blog, Radhika Misra of Our Own English High School, Sharjah - Boys describes how she established a Generation Global Club in her school to encourage students to dialogue on global issues. Read this blog to learn how the club is assisting her students in becoming global citizens. https://gemsin10.com/2022/04/28/teaching-generation-global/
New Educator Resource page Our new Educator Resource page helps educators navigate our collection of teaching resources. This page contains a collection of downloadable guides and curriculum that provide dialogue skills-building activities, lesson plans, and information resources to teach about specific global issues and topics. https://generation.global/educator-resources
Educator Awards Generation Global launched the first-of-its-kind Educator Awards to recognise educators who have demonstrated excellence in integrating dialogue and global citizenship into their teaching and have had a significant impact not only on their learners but also on the communities around them. The recipients of the 2022 award can be found here
Taking Global Citizenship to Cameroon The Commonwealth Secretariat invited Generation Global to build the capacities of education stakeholders in Cameroon and assist policymakers and teachers in building student resilience against violent extremism. We demonstrated how dialogue and global citizenship education resources can help teachers and teacher trainers build a learning environment.
Newsletter 2022 - Issue n. 1 | Generation Global
The first edition of the Generation Global Newsletter for 2022 is here! This quarter, we published two new resources to support practitioners and educators introduce Global Citizenship and dialogue into the classroom: the Youth Dialogue Handbook and 'Essentials of Dialogue' in Spanish. We also hosted two online events in the first quarter for educators as well as young people to connect, learn, and share. It was great to see teachers from all over the world joining our first ever Teacher Webinar to learn from best practices and understand how to effectively use Generation Global resources in their classrooms. The Fireside Chat was the first of its kind to bring young people together around a topic that matters to all of us. While not everything in the world has been bright, we have been concerned about the unimaginable and extremely troubling situation in Ukraine. We have had the privilege of interacting with and meeting so many young people and educators from different parts of Ukraine who are committed to becoming open-minded global citizens. Our hearts go out to the people of Ukraine, and we hope that the situation can be harmonised soon. Read about all of this and more by clicking here
Generation Global Fireside Chat with Global Youth Icons
On International Women's Day, we hosted a Fireside Chat for young people ages 13 to 17 with two influential global youth icons, Kehkashan Basu, M.S.M. and Noluthando Nzimande, to discuss gender equality and climate change. Over 350 young people joined us on Zoom and YouTube to learn about the theme and asked extremely insightful questions, demonstrating how much they relate to the theme of 'Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow.' During the Q&A round, a young person asked, "How do you find a local community to work with you as a young student and start out the work with bars like the managing school along with your work and permission from parents?". These thoughtful and practical questions motivate and inspire us, and we hope this conversation reaches a larger audience of young people. The link to this event is available here.
Generation Global Teacher Webinar - 23 February 2022
We hosted a Teacher Webinar in February to share best practices in Global Citizenship. Radhika Misra of Our Own English High School Sharjah-Boys', UAE, and Maria Emilia Espejo of PrepaTec Eugenio Garza Lagüera, Mexico shared their best practices for incorporating dialogue skills into the curricula and lesson plans based on their experience of using Generation Global resources in classrooms. A teacher from India shared her experience during the webinar, she said "One thing that I have learned today is how to go beyond the text and broaden the horizon of learning by linking with SDGs. Making the dialogue more constructive and productive". The webinar is available on our YouTube channel and has received 2.3k views on YouTube to date. Watch the webinar here
#MyFreedomDay participation 2021
As part of CNN's #myfreedomday campaign, Generation Global organised a special edition of online global youth dialogues on human trafficking for young people. Over 100 young people from around the world participated in the dialogue to share different perspectives on the value of human life and to explore difficult questions about human trafficking by hearing real-life experiences and connecting with their global peers.
Wahda: Understanding the Impact of Youth Dialogue in Lebanon | Generation Global
‘Wahda’ stands for unity and togetherness in Arabic. It is through fostering this sense of unity and togetherness by building dialogue skills that this USAID-funded programme aimed to increase tolerance of difference and diversity of participating young people (aged 14 - 29) from October 2019 to December 2021. The goal of this intervention was to contribute towards building communities that are accepting of Religious and Ethnic Minority populations in Lebanon through facilitated youth dialogue sessions at youth clubs in Saida and the surrounding region (Barja, Dalhoun and Siblin). The program aimed to achieve this by building the capacities of 20 facilitators, aged 18 - 29 to deliver and monitor dialogue-based activities to 250 participants, aged 14 – 17. As part of the 13-module curriculum, beneficiaries took part in activities designed to develop their ability and confidence to engage in constructive dialogue with diversity. These activities were adapted for delivery via WhatsApp and Zoom due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Young people were also provided with opportunities to put these skills into practice by participating in facilitated dialogues (video conferences) with fellow participants in other Wahda dialogue groups, as well as global peers across Jordan, Palestine and the United Arab Emirates. A Youth Dialogue Handbook was designed during the delivery of the Wahda programme. It provides a practical resource, in English and Arabic, to support teachers, facilitators, youth volunteers, practitioners, dialogue trainers, and anyone who wants to give young people, whether in school or elsewhere, an exceptional experience of dialogue with their peers and community.
Earth Day photo contest for young people
We invited young people to participate in a photo contest to encourage them to think critically about ways in which they can restore our earth from the harmful effects of climate change. We received over 200 entries from Asia, Europe, and Africa. Each of the entries submitted was inspiring and showed that young people are taking active steps in their community to protect the Earth and combat climate change! Here are the winners.
Participation in YP2LE Webinar
Learn about our learner-centered pathway, the Ultimate Dialogue Adventure, and its learning outcomes at the YP2LE webinar here.
New Events Page
The Generation Global website has a new events page that lists all upcoming events for teachers and students. So, bookmark our new events page and mark your calendar for these must-attend events. https://generation.global/events
Generation Global was invited to participate in the City Montessori School's Annual Interfaith Harmony Week in February, with the theme "Sustainable Development through Religious Inclusiveness." Fiona Dwinger, Special Projects Lead, represented the Generation Global team in redefining the role of youth in assisting with Sustainable Development and the building of safe communities through dialogue. Watch the event here.
Taking Global Citizenship to Cameroon
The Commonwealth Secretariat invited Generation Global to build the capacities of education stakeholders in Cameroon and assist policymakers and teachers in building student resilience against violent extremism. Generation Global led a two-hour interactive session to demonstrate and highlight how dialogue and global citizenship education resources can help teachers and teacher trainers build a learning environment and mitigate violent extremism through education.
Connecting Through Crisis – Bringing Teachers Together During COVID-19 | Generation Global
COVID-19 is an educational crisis of a global nature never seen before. In just one month, 90% of all learners worldwide (more than 1.5 billion young people) saw their school or university close. As Medha, a Generation Global teacher in India, told us: “Because the lockdown was sudden, many students don’t have stationery and no books. They are panicking. I feel the school buildings are closed but the staff is working more than ever to continue the teaching-learning process. After the shutdown, we were not equipped.” This echoes the sentiments and challenges that confronted thousands of teachers around the world, as the pandemic spread faster than it was possible to form plans to address it. Many governments called for education to continue as far as possible, but the speed and uncertainty of the crisis made it extremely challenging for teachers to know exactly what they should do, with many facing remote teaching for the first time. Education ministries, school principals and teachers worked at an unprecedented pace to pioneer new educational approaches. However, at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, we noticed that in the ensuing global dialogue, the voices of teachers and students were missing from the debates, discussion and planning. Through Generation Global, our global education programme, we wanted to provide a practical solution to this challenge, so we responded to the unfolding crisis by developing the Ultimate Dialogue Adventure, an interactive, simplified version of Generation Global. It is accessible online for free by any student anywhere in the world, at school or at home, regardless of their ability or school status. Having spent over a decade working with more than 14,000 teachers in over 30 countries, we also realised that we could bring teachers together from across the world to make sure their voices were heard during the crisis. This led us to develop the concept of hosting ‘Dialogue Circles’, with the goal of creating open and welcoming spaces where teachers could share their experience of teaching during COVID-19, as well as useful tips for remote teaching and advice and recommendations for governments. On March 23rd, we held our first online Dialogue Circle with teachers from the USA, Mexico and Colombia. The first thing that struck us was their huge relief at being able to converse with others facing similar challenges, describing the experience as making them feel “grateful”, “happy”, “calm” and “confident”. We worked fast to host more sessions in other regions of the Americas and the rest of the world. So far, we have held 18 dialogue circles, involving 352 teachers from 19 countries (see Infographic for a summary of feedback gathered). COVID-19 is taking its toll on education – but teachers are creative and resilient. Some consistent themes emerged throughout our Dialogue Circles, mostly concerning the incredible cost of COVID-19 on education, but also the innovation and hard work by teachers that is preventing this generation of youth from being left behind. A lot of successful remote teaching is taking place online, making use of various platforms ranging from Google and YouTube to innovative new online apps. However, many teachers lack even the basic infrastructure to make this possible: a reliable internet connection, internet devices for all students, and a safe and calm home working environment. UNESCO data shows that in many countries less than 50 percent of schools have access to a computer, and correspondingly the OECD has reported that only half of students have been able to access all or most of the curriculum through remote learning materials during lockdown, as was recently highlighted in an article by TBI's Director of Programmes, Cleo Blackman. Moreover, with most countries opting to prioritise transferring their exam-focused curricula to online settings, it is clear that holistic development and opportunities for social and emotional learning are frequently being lost. A UNESCO study has found that, “The mental health implications of the COVID 19 outbreak are far reaching”, with one survey in Thailand reporting that 70 percent of young people say the pandemic is affecting their mental health, causing stress, worry and anxiety. Varying access to technology is compounding inequalities. Variable access to tech across regions, or even within classes, has also compounded existing educational inequalities. Some teachers can reach further via government-supported radio or TV broadcasts, or sending assignments by SMS, but it is a significant challenge to adapt not only curricula but also teaching style and methodology, often with no additional time or prior training. This is not to mention those who were already facing immense challenges before coronavirus started, such as Hilal, a teacher from Kashmir, where schools have been closed since July 2019 due to ongoing conflict. Positives emerging from the pandemic. Despite these numerous challenges for teachers, the dialogue circles created an overwhelming sense of positivity and resolve. Regardless of the level of technology our teachers had access to, all were finding ways to cope and were keen to share creative solutions or free resources they had discovered, and to learn from their colleagues across the globe. Some had seen positive developments, in particular embracing technology where previously there was scepticism, with some students adapting incredibly well to the online world. Others said that cancellation of exams is leading to a more holistic outlook on student assessment. Many said students and parents had developed a new appreciation for learning, education and teachers. What teachers told us they want to happen next. In addressing these challenges, teachers were pragmatic and creative in their suggestions to governments for making learning more resilient in future crises. Teachers in our dialogue circles agreed that: Online access immediately takes remote learning to another level, and so efforts must be accelerated to ensure that every child has reliable access to a device with an internet connection. Where an internet connection is not possible, hard-copy and offline materials must be made available instead. Governments should have a succinct national plan for education during a crisis. There was total uncertainty at the beginning of the pandemic, and even now some countries are not clear on the plan for re-opening schools or the next academic year. There are many remote learning platforms and resources available, but much less guidance on which options work best in different contexts. Government guidance could help avoid teachers becoming overwhelmed or out of sync with other schools or classes. Education systems should be built to be more resilient for the future, including through teacher professional development. Understanding the experiences and view of teachers and students will help governments ensure that the educational response to the pandemic is effective.
Covid-19 Has Shown How Technology Benefits Girls’ and Young Women’s Education – but Only If They Can Access It | Generation Global
The Covid-19 pandemic has thrust teachers and students into the largest educational experiment the world has ever seen. The lockdowns have compelled teachers to embrace technology and challenged students to learn via Zoom, mobile phones, radio and television. Over 750 million girls and young women have been part of this global experiment and there is emerging evidence to suggest that this shift to online learning could be having a positive impact on girls' education. EdTech Hub's July 2020 rapid education review, found that "when barriers were removed and female students were given access to technology and technology-enabled education, studies have shown that girls are likely to respond with a high level of engagement". In Vietnam, for example, a recent study by Young Lives showed how teacher-led online classes were widespread during the pandemic, with a greater proportion of participation by females (89 per cent) compared to male students (86 per cent). iMlango in Kenya has been running a Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office-funded programme to support 70,130 marginalised girls improve their learning and transition to the next stage of education, using satellite broadband technology. During the pandemic, they developed a mobile phone app to be used on parents' mobile phones, to ensure girls and boys could continue learning from home. Furthermore, EdTech Hub's findings demonstrate that "access to technology has been shown to be disproportionately more empowering for girls and women than for boys and men", and "that the advantages extend beyond the realm of formal education and empower them in other areas of life". The pandemic has put a spotlight on the importance of skills that build resilience and help young people engage with diversity in a positive way, and young women and girls are keen to acquire them. Our Institute's online education tool, Ultimate Dialogue Adventure, which helps students aged 13-17 develop these skills by participating in online dialogue and video conferences with thousands of students worldwide, has seen a greater proportion of females than males (approximately 59 per cent and 41 per cent respectively) participating in 2020. Prior to the pandemic, 130 million girls were out of school as a result of poverty. Since the start of the pandemic, almost a further 750 million girls have been out of school and have, where they can, relied on distance-learning solutions as their educational lifeline. Despite the gradual reopening of schools in many parts of the world, the Malala Fund1 estimates that an additional 20 million secondary school-age girls may not return to school this year due to the disruptions.2 Bridging the digital divide could be part of the solution if we can act quickly. However, two thirds of the world's school-age children are without access to an internet connection in their homes3 and, where it does exist, girls are often last to benefit due to gender bias and stereotypes. The issue of access to technology also extends to schools, teachers and parents. As key providers for girls' education, they also need sufficient resources, and online and gender-responsive training to be able to fulfil their role in supporting girls' right to a quality education. Since 2019, the Giga Initiative has been working with ITU and UNICEF to provide connectivity to every school in the world. UNESCO's Global Education Coalition, of which the Institute is a member, seeks to address the gender dimensions of the school crisis and safeguard progress made on gender equality in education in recent decades. The obstacles faced by girls to schooling and technology affect not only their life chances and educational opportunities, but also their employment options as well as their countries' potential for economic growth and development. A 2018 World Bank report states that the loss in human capital wealth from girls not completing 12 years of education could cost between $15 trillion and $30 trillion in future earnings globally. Bridging the gender gap in education and levering technology is vital to urgently meet the educational needs of girls and young women where they are, reverse negative trends and open opportunities for life-long learning, employment and prosperity. In a world where technology will only grow in relevance in the future, we have a responsibility to harness its power for good, at scale and to ensure its availability and benefits are there for all.
Prepa Tec: Bringing Multicultural Education to the Classroom
Generation Global: Bringing Multicultural Education to the Classroom Sandra Miranda Leal February 15, 2022 “At Prepa Tec, a multicultural teacher teaches his subject by linking the content with some aspect of cultural diversity, whether local, national or international.” A globalized world like ours requires citizens with a respectful vision of multicultural diversity, informed and empathetic people, willing to get involved in searching for solutions, professionally competent, and simultaneously sensitive to cultural diversity. Therefore, multicultural teachers are challenged to have the appropriate tools to achieve the objectives of multicultural education. Notably, in Prepa Tec, a multicultural teacher links the contents of the subject they instruct to local, national, or international aspects of cultural diversity. The Tony Blair Foundation's Generation Global is an educational program created for students ages 13 to 17; its mission is to support the development of global citizens through videoconferences, dialogues, and tutorials. Providing teachers with reliable quality resources for training, class materials, and pedagogical assistance, among others (Generation Global, 2021). “When participating live in the international videoconferences, Reflection and Global Communication were the skills that the students consider to have developed to a greater degree. On the other hand, when participating in the offline dialogues, they consider that Reflection and Critical Thinking were the most practiced skills.” Since 2017, I have been teaching with a multicultural approach, having accredited several courses, training units, and certifications. In the past, I had heard about the Generation Global platform, but I never participated; for various reasons, I decided not to do it. However, in 2021, I set the goal to familiarize myself with the platform and integrate it into my classes. Below, I share my experience, the student's experiences, and some recommendations to guide teachers who want to learn this program and bring its resources to their multicultural classes. Recommendations for integrating the Generation Global platform in class. My first recommendation is to plan the implementation and anticipate unforeseen events. I registered on the Generation Global website in June 2021. Thus, I gave myself time to know the platform, review the tools, see how to register students, look over available materials, and above all, consult the calendar of videoconferences to occur in the months August-December. The discussion topics available offline and in videoconferences are very varied, relevant, and attractive to adolescents. The conversations in offline chats are safe because every participant's comment is reviewed by Generation Global staff before being posted or made visible. It is crucial to mention that, for privacy reasons, teachers cannot read the students' offline dialogues. The platform uses gamification elements. Every participant activity or dialog gives students points that reflect their mastery in levels with names like Amoeba, Goldfish, Bullfrog, etc. Notably, a videoconference will not occur unless at least one other group joins; the students' time differences can complicate the available schedules. Booking video conferences in advance will allow students to participate and prepare for the selected topic; thus, they will perform better. The second recommendation is to train the students. Before participating in a videoconference, the students should prepare by responding to the exercises in the selected topic (available on the platform). This preparation will allow them greater contextual fluidity in the conversation. Additionally, if possible, provide them with additional sources of information and conduct a mini-discussion in class as training. Finally, ask them to participate in several offline dialogues, which will allow them to develop desirable skills for a quality videoconferencing dialogue, where they use critical thinking, active listening, reflection, and questioning. Considerations for platform usability • Students must take the introductory topic called Learning Dojo; otherwise, they will not know how to perform any other activity. • The teacher does not have a "student view," which causes difficulties when students ask where to find the various resources and required activities in their interface. • When students participate in offline dialogues, they may receive responses to their comments and theoretically continue the conversation. Still, in the case of my students, we never knew how to follow and continue the conversation threads. Programming of multicultural videoconferences and apprenticeships Let us review a little about multicultural video conferencing. In my case, I selected the topic Fake News and Social Media because I linked it with the topics that would appear on the students' last partial (exam). In the first-semester multicultural program, 39 students in two classes taking the subject "Creativity and Digital Design" participated. This activity also included students from two other schools, one in India and one in Indonesia, with almost 60 participants. The Generation Global staff moderates the videoconference. The teachers are only spectators. The conversation lasts 60 minutes; they ask participants to connect 30 minutes before the scheduled time. What I learned in this first videoconference: • A smaller number of students would have allowed better participation by all present with a more balanced dialogue. (There were 39 participants from Mexico, ten from India, and nine from Indonesia.) Bringing my two classes into the same video conference was not the best decision. • A few days after the videoconference, the Generation Global team provided valuable feedback on what was experienced in the activity. It is very educational to review this information and recommendations with the students. • After participating in a videoconference, students must answer a survey about what they learned in the activity before registering for a new one. This survey became problematic to several of my students, who answered it entirely, but it was not detected by the program, so the survey kept reappearing. We requested support from the platform's support team but delayed the solution. The platform allows the teacher to see each student's performance; the teacher can also download a report in Excel. Here are some results at the end of the semester: • The 39 students in my classes achieved an average of 280 points for activities carried out; a female student had the highest score (1192 points). It is worth mentioning that I specified the minimum tasks/activities to be done, but they were free to perform additional activities. • The report indicates that students participated more in offline dialogues with reflection-type messages; the responses to questions were the least. • On average, students completed 2.8 topics (the minimum requested was 3). One female student completed nine topics. Students’ assessment for this activity At the end of the semester, I asked the students to answer a series of questions that would allow me to measure their satisfaction with using the Generation Global platform and the work in the different activities. Here are the most relevant results: • When asked to select two topics that they would like to discuss in the next videoconference, the students voted most for a) Education, Climate Change, and b) The rights of girls and women. • The skill they considered to have developed the most when participating in the videoconference was Global Reflection and Communication. On the other hand, Reflection and Critical Thinking skills were perceived as the most developed during offline dialogues. • Twenty-eight (out of thirty-nine) students responded that they desired to participate in other videoconferences, while eleven said they were unsure. • 64% of students indicated they wanted to continue using the platform; 30% were unsure. • There was an open question for students to indicate the purpose they would most like to use the platform. Among the responses, in general, they all mentioned "sharing and communicating with people from other cultures/countries." • When answering about what they did not like about the platform, they mentioned (among others), "it becomes tedious to answer topics" given that the format is always the same, "technical problems" of the platform, and too much participation in offline dialogues. Reflection From these results, I conclude that the students' experience was positive, and, above all, that it can still be improved. The platform's activities allowed the students to develop multicultural competencies, and the teacher resources are valuable supports. A final observation I can make is that the activities of the Generation Global platform are ideal for asynchronous work, they do not require much time, but they do require reflection, individuality, and privacy. Multicultural teacher, if you have not used the Generation Global platform, I invite you to give it a try next semester. You will not regret it, and your students will appreciate it, but above all, you will have one more resource to strengthen multicultural education in your classes. This article originally appeared on the Observatory of Educational Innovation on 15 February 2022.
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Generation Global launched a new online teacher portal, which is self-service and easy to navigate portal enabling educators to create classes, invite students, download teaching resources, and book into global video conferences. Any educator anywhere in the world can create an account for free, access their free global citizenship teaching resources on a range of global issues such as Climate Change, Hate Speech, Human Rights, and many more. Educators can also book into facilitated virtual exchanges for their students with international peers. Within a month of its launch, the portal has seen 800 educators worldwide create accounts and access the resources and tools to teach about global issues in their classes. Register on the teacher portal here
Ultimate Dialogue Adventure Teacher Companion Guide | Generation Global
What is the Ultimate Dialogue AdventureDiscover this interactive, student-centered learning journey to support young people ages 13-17 in developing the skills of dialogue. Planning and preparationLocate how the Adventure connects to your regional education initiatives. Review the framework for learning which includes student outcomes, core skills, objectives, module titles, and developmental rubric.SafeguardingLearn what we are doing to protect and safeguard young people on our platform and throughout our programme. Classroom activitiesExplore methods for integrating the Adventure into your community and suggested companion activities from the Essentials of Dialogue for blended learning. Progress trackingConsider ways to evaluate student progress to help them identify growth and expand on their dialogue skills and experiences from the Adventure.
Tony Blair Institute launches online global citizenship education programme
Explainer video for The Ultimate Dialogue AdventureOver 60% of students globally have been affected by school closures as a result of COVID 19, prompting The Tony Blair Institute for Global Change launched a free, interactive, and game based online global citizenship programme. This programme connects out-of-school students around the world in a safe and inclusive online space. The Ultimate Dialogue Adventure is a simplified version of the Tony Blair Institute’s online dialogue education programme, Generation Global, which has supported more than half a million young people and trained over 13,000 teachers from more than 30 countries to be global citizens.Tony Blair, Executive Chairman, The Tony Blair Institute for Global Change said: “Throughout the world, the Covid-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on young people’s learning, with over 60% of students worldwide affected by school closures. Being deprived of the chance to connect with their peers in a school setting can affect their social and emotional well-being as well as their education. Now more than ever, young people need to learn how to think and talk about the world and I’m delighted Generation Global is providing a new, safe online place for them to do so through the Ultimate Dialogue Adventure.” The Ultimate Dialogue Adventure equips young people with the knowledge, 21st-century skills and attitudes to become active, global and open-minded citizens in a blended learning approach which can be used by students that continue with online learning, return to the classroom or a mixture of both. It is designed for 13-to-17-year-olds and will enable students to: – be part of a safe and moderated online global community that connects students outside of the classroom and across more than 30 countries; – learn the key skills of dialogue and global competencies – critical thinking, active listening, global communication, questioning and reflection; – learn from global content and share their perspectives on a range of topics, including the importance of education, the rights of women and girls, climate change, media and fake news, culture and beliefs. – improve their communication skills and enhance English language skills Key elements of The Ultimate Dialogue Adventure include: Cost – There is no cost to the student, school or teacher. Accessibility – The online programme is available on different devices and in areas of low bandwidth. Inclusivity – The Ultimate Dialogue Adventure meets web content accessibility guidelines for people with disabilities and is designed to be inclusive for those of different background and needs. User experience – Inbuilt gamification helps to deliver learning content that’s engaging and fun. Students can earn badges and points as they become ‘Dialogue Masters’. Flexibility – It can be easily integrated across subjects such as English, Humanities, Peace Education, Global Citizenship, Science, and Social Science.

Implementation steps

Become a Global Citizen with the Ultimate Dialogue Adventure

If you are between the ages of 13 and 17, follow the steps:

  1. Register on the Ultimate Dialogue Adventure platform and complete the first three skills modules called ‘The Learning Dojo’. 
  2. Choose and complete a short module on one of the 13 global topics that interests you.
  3. Dialogue with other young people on your chosen topic in the dialogue space, demonstrating your ability to use dialogue skills.
  4. Earn a certificate that states you have gained knowledge of the five core skills of dialogue and are ready to apply those skills with your global peers.

Join Generation Global as an educator

  1. Register for free on the Teacher Portal to explore resources, tools, and trainings to teach and develop the skills and competencies of dialogue in your learning community. 
  2. Gain access to downloadable teaching resources.
  3. Invite your learners on our student gamified platform, The Ultimate Dialogue Adventure , and follow their journey as they become global citizens.
  4. Book video conferences for your learners to engage in live virtual dialogue with peers from over 40 countries and discuss global issues.
  5. Take the self-paced and free course 'Introduction to Dialogue' to learn about the foundations of dialogue, its core skills, and ways to incorporate dialogue into your learning communities.

Connect Globally with the Generation Global App

If you are between the ages of 13 and 17:

  • Download the Generation Global App from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store.
  • Complete the "Learning Dojo“.
  • Sign up on the app using your Apple or Google ID.
  • Access dashboard and choose global topic of your choice under 'Up Next.’
  • Complete the topic and join written dialogue spaces.
  • Book a Video Conference with peers to dialogue in real-time.
  • Download your certificate.
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