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Students will learn the skills of dialogue and build global connections.

Generation Global Ultimate Dialogue Adventure

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For over 10 years, Generation Global has impacted over half a million students in 30+ countries. We help young people embrace their future, equipped with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to become active, global and open-minded citizens. In March 2020, as schools globally closed, we started to build a student-centered online solution to enable children learn the key skills of dialogue.
Female student, Cambridge School Noida INDIA
The way this website has been setup with the use of animation, fun characters, drawing and themes gives me a feeling that I am a flower in a valley with a million other flowers growing along with me.

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2 700
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31
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2020
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What is the Ultimate Dialogue Adventure?

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 free, flexible teaching resources for 12-17-year-olds on a range of global issues, and high-quality training and support for teachers. Our facilitated videoconferences and online global community create a safe space for dialogue between students around the world, supporting their development into active and open-minded citizens. 

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, and the Brookings Institution. 

Responding to the unprecedented COVID19 and resulting education crisis, Generation Global has developed the Ultimate Dialogue Adventure: a simplified version of Generation Global that equips young people, at a time of need, with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to become active, global and open-minded citizens. It is designed for 13-17-year-olds enables students to:

  • 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! 
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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 preparation Locate 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. Safeguarding Learn what we are doing to protect and safeguard young people on our platform and throughout our programme. Classroom activities Explore methods for integrating the Adventure into your community and suggested companion activities from the Essentials of Dialogue for blended learning. Progress tracking Consider ways to evaluate student progress to help them identify growth and expand on their dialogue skills and experiences from the Adventure.
Connecting Through Crisis – Bringing Teachers Together During COVID-19
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.
Tony Blair Institute launches online global citizenship education programme
Over 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.

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Achievements & Awards

September 2020
2500 students registered!
August 2020
1000 students registered!
August 2020
Generation Global Joins UN campaign #SaveOurFuture
July 2020
Innovation added to the HundrED
July 2020
Generation Global Launches the Ultimate Dialogue Adventure
April 2020
Generation Global Joins UNESCO Global Education Coalition #LearningNeverStops
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Learning Dojo Module 1
Introduction to Dialogue
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Safety Gear: Keeping Children Safe in Online Spaces
Our commitment to the safety and security of the young people we work with
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Register
Students sign up in three easy steps!
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Complete the Learning Dojo!
Students complete Modules 2 and 3 to complete Level 1 and earn their first badge!
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Learn the game!
Practice dialogue in the Training Field
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