All posts in the ‘international’ Category
- November 27th, 2013
- Comments: none Tags: Tags: higher education, USA
: Categories international, united states
The Sutton Trust is inviting applications for its innovative ‘US Programme‘, which gives bright secondary students in state schools a taster experience of what undergraduate study at an American university offers. The Trust is now expanding the programme to include Harvard University, in addition to MIT and Yale.
The programme’s centrepiece is a one-week summer school in the USA, with introductory preparatory events, expert advice and support for the University application process. The programme involves participants in activities which help them understand the experience of campus life and study in US Higher Education. This supports the young people in their thinking and decision-making about options and choices in Higher Education.
The Sutton Trust also provides other benefits to participants, such as covering costs for the residential events, travel and accommodation.
To be eligible to apply, Scottish students must be in S5 of secondary education or in college, and meet some other criteria. Preference will be given to students from low to middle income backgrounds, perhaps the first generation in their family to go to university, and individuals who will make the most of the opportunity.
Full details are available on the Trust website and the application deadline is 22nd January 2014. The programme is offered in partnership with the US-UK Fulbright Commission.
- November 26th, 2013
- Comments: none Tags: Tags: climate change, disaster relief, phillipines, typhoon haiyan
: Categories international, sciences, social studies, sustainable development
Natural disasters, such as Typhoon Haiyan which devastated large areas of the Phillipines, frequently stimulate a positive response in schools with fundraising to support the disaster relief efforts of charities and governments. Good Global Citizenship education also gets students to discuss and explore the issues underlying such natural events, such as the impact of climate change; the role of international agencies; the poverty which makes some people more vulnerable to natural phenomenon such as floods and storms; and appropriate approaches to campaigning for change.
Several charities have already produced educational resources which will help schools to run assemblies and classroom activity which consider such issues and also support a fundraising response to the need for disaster relief support. Christian Aid has new materials on Disasters for both Primary and Secondary schools, and Oxfam offers a Typhoon Haiyan assembly resource and a set of teachers notes.
The Department for International Development is leading the UK humanitarian aid response to the situation in the Phillipines. Scottish Government has made a substantial contribution to the charitable appeal launched by the Disasters Emergency Committee.
- November 13th, 2013
- Comments: none Tags: Tags: charity, community resilience, emergencies, weather
: Categories citizenship, community, early years, health and wellbeing, international, outdoor learning, primary schools, sciences, secondary schools, social studies, sustainable development
Declared as the strongest storm in history, Typhoon Haiyan is now reported to have claimed the lives of up to 10,000 people in the Philippines. With winds of close to 200 mph, the devastation caused has been catastrophic. In reality, the death toll could have been much higher, had many Philippines not heeded the storm warnings and fled at-risk areas in time.
See before and after interactive photographs of the effects of Typhoon Haiyan at: http://ab.co/18rCfm7
For various news clips related to the typhoon go to: http://bbc.in/1a4itku
DEC (a group of 14 UK aid organisations is responding) but there is still a desperate need for water, food and emergency shelter. The government said it would match donations to the appeal pound for pound up to £5m.
Through seeing the consequences of these global events unfolding, the reality of what is happening begins to hit home. With the ongoing concerns in relation to climate change and associated natural disasters such as Typhoon Haiyan, how can we ensure that measures are taken to educate ourselves and young people to mitigate against the impact of the damage caused during these times of crisis?
Bringing things closer to home
‘Ready for Emergencies’ is a teaching and learning resource that lends itself to educating Scotland’s learners about a wide range of emergency situations (including extreme weather) and how to think ahead, prepare and recover when disaster strikes. A wide variety of national and local contexts form the basis of the teaching and learning resources that are available for free download.
For resources, go to: http://bit.ly/1hF6r73More
- November 8th, 2013
- Comments: none Tags: Tags: water
: Categories africa, health and wellbeing, international, sciences, social studies, sustainable development
The new Winter 2013 edition of ‘Stride’ magazine, produced by the IDEAS network for a Scottish teacher audience, focuses on the issue of Water. Readers will find articles, curriculum links, activities, news of school projects, etc. The magazine can be downloaded in PDF from the IDEAS website.
This edition’s key message is that Water is a fundamental Human Right; yet access is very unequal, with millions of people not having access to a supply of clean water. This affects their lives in many ways, including health, access to educational opportunities, and the ability to earn a living and prosper.
Charities such as WaterAid provide resources for teachers about global water and sanitation issues. Many international school partnerships also have water as a key theme for learning and for practical action such as the installation of pumps and pipes to provide local people with a source of clean water.
And on 19th November, World Toilet Day will invite people to recognise the importance of good sanitation and water supply. A WaterAid web resource is dedicated just to this Day.
- October 3rd, 2013
- Comments: none Tags: Tags: additional support needs, disability, uganda
: Categories africa, international, social studies
The ‘Send My Friend to School’ programme is well-known in Scottish schools, designed to promote the right of every child to be able to get access to a quality education. Each year thousands of schools in the UK get involved, running activities in their school and community to raise awareness of issues such as teacher shortages and gender inequalities in developing countries. Lobbying political representatives to win support for change is a key element of the programme, part of the international Global Campaign for Education.
Now it is running a competition to find two 14-15 year old students who can act as ‘Young Ambassadors’ for the Send My Friend campaign in 2014. They are seeking bright articulate young people who can support the campaign through communication with the media and with their peers.
The focus of the 2014 campaign will be the disabled children around the world who miss out on an education. The winners of the competition will travel to Uganda to investigate the barriers to education for disabled children.
Full details are on the competition webpages. This is a great opportunity for two young students to demonstrate how individuals can be responsible global citizens, contributors to society, and effective communicators.
- October 1st, 2013
- Comments: none Tags: Tags: film-making
: Categories creativity, europe, ICT, international, languages, social studies, technologies
The European Parliament, the European Commission and the EU have a great deal of influence on the lives of people living within the member states of the Union, but awareness of this is often limited or inaccurate. In this competition, teams of 4 students from S3 to S6 are asked to create a storyboard and produce a short podcast giving their suggestions for the content of a short film to raise awareness of the impact of the European Parliament on the lives of young people. Entries for this first stage must be received at SEET by 10th December.
Judges will pick six high-performing teams, who will then be invited to a media workshop run by project partners Radio Lingua. Each short-listed team will be awarded an iPad and given support to create their films. This is the ‘European Year of Citizens 2013′ and the students must consider how to describe what it means to be a young European citizen. One part of each film must be in a European language which is not the mother tongue of any team member. Each member of the top winning team will receive an iPad mini.
This is a great opportunity for our students to learn new skills and language, and to demonstrate their creativity in interpreting the competition brief and communicating a powerful message.
The Our Europe competition website has all the details.
- October 1st, 2013
- Comments: none Tags: Tags: film
: Categories africa, creativity, europe, expressive arts, international, social studies
Film is a very useful tool for teachers planning activity on global citizenship topics, both in terms of viewing and production. Commercial movies from all over the world present different perspectives on topics such as slavery, child labour, natural resources, and sport. Pupils can research the problems underlying big issues, and gain an understanding that complex problems do not have simple soultions but can be reduced by the actions of individuals, organisations and governments. Dramas and documentary films can prompt new discussions and avenues for further action.
This week the ‘Take One Action’ film festival is showing a number of films at Edinburgh and Glasgow venues. Made in developing countries, each of these films helps an audience to consider issues such as the environment, food, refugees, education for girls, and HIV/AIDS. The full programme details are available on their website.
Edinburgh’s Filmhouse will also be hosting its ‘Africa in Motion’ film festival in October and November, with a range of movies made in South Africa, Kenya, Morocco, Chad, etc. Two films are offered as special schools events – ‘Aya of Yop City’ is an animated film about young people in the Ivory Coast, and ‘Zambezia’ is an animated story about a bird’s life. Contact the cinema for further details of adult and schools showings.
The first National Youth Film Festival also includes a selection of films from around the world among the many movies offered to young audiences in this UK-wide festival. For example, ‘I am Kalam’ from India, ‘Le Petit Nicolas’ from France, and ‘More than Honey’ from Switzerland/Austria. The website listings include links to education resources if these exist.
- September 26th, 2013
- Comments: none Tags: Tags: scottish learning festival, slf13
: Categories CPD, curriculum areas, international, sharing practice
The second day of our Scottish Learning Festival 2013 has just finished, and offered a further range of interesting and powerful professional insights. #SLF13
Pasi Sahlberg spoke about the successes and features of the high-achieving Finnish education system and offered some suggestions of aspects which Scottish education might consider in more detail. His presentation, and those of the other keynote presenters, will be available online from the SLF website next week.
Professor David Miller, from the University of Dundee, led a very good seminar session about research into the global citizenship learning of young people in Fife and the positive changes in attitudes which were one outcome. Thanks to the students from Bell Baxter High School and Letham Primary School who talked about their learning.
And among the exhibitors, there were very useful Global Citizenship resources to be had from NGOs such as British Red Cross, Amnesty International, and Poppy Scotland.
Thanks to everyone who helped make this year’s event a success, including all the local Scottish educators and the international visitors.
- September 25th, 2013
- Comments: none Tags: Tags: scottish learning festival, slf13
: Categories CPD, international, sharing practice
Scottish Learning Festival 2013, the latest ‘edition’ of our annual conference and exhibition for educators, is approaching the end of Day One. #SLF13
Participants have already enjoyed keynote presentations from the Cabinet Secretary and from Avis Glaze, education expert from Ontario, Canada. Seminar sessions on a wide range of topics have been popular, and a particular attraction for many teachers have been the seminars on Global Citizenship themes: Political literacy; Peace; childrens rights; and sustainable development.
Education professionals from all over the world are adding a strong international dimension to the presentations and discussions about educational policy and practice. Around 110 delegates from 14 countries are taking part in the sessions, and we’re delighted to welcome participants and groups from Australia, Denmark, Kosovo, Norway, Georgia, Romania, etc.
Some of the key sessions from the conference are being broadcast live on our website. For example, tomorrow, Thursday 26th September, the keynote by Dr Pasi Sahlberg titled “Finnish lessons: what can Scotland learn from educational change in Finland” will be available to a much bigger audience than can join us face-to-face at the SECC in Glasgow.
- September 10th, 2013
- Comments: none Tags: Tags: girls education
: Categories africa, citizenship, international, social studies
Since the creation of the UN Millennium Development Goals there has been substantial progress in improving access to education for young people in some developing countries. The picture is complex, with big differences between countries and stubborn problems to be addressed, such as supply and quality of teachers. Also, the MDGs will end in 2015, to be followed by new international partnership work against poverty.
However, girls are still more likely than boys to miss out on their right to an education, at greater risk of being out of school due to poverty, conflict and discrimination. This gender inequality is an issue often explored by teachers working on global citizenship.
Plan UK is one of the charities working in some of the world’s poorest countries to support development and build sustainable futures. Plan UK has launched a new lesson plan resource for use with students aged 11 and over , ‘Girls Rights after the Millennium Development Goals’, available for download from their website. The aim of the resource is to identify the rights that all children are entitled to. It invites students to identify how the new development goals can protect and promote girls rights, for example the right to education and freedom from violence. The resources supports young people’s understanding of the current MDGs and the process of designing new goals for the period after 2015.
This resource is part of a ‘Because I am a Girl’ campaign, which aims to end the barriers that prevent girls from getting a quality education and achieving their aspirations. The Plan UK website also has a range of short films and materials which can be used by schools. The ‘International Day of the Girl Child’ on 11th october provides a good focal point for learning activity.
The Global Campaign for Education is an international civil society initiative to promote education as a right and as a tool against poverty. The ‘Send My Friend to School’ campaign is supported in many schools, as young people recognise the importance of a good quality education in improving life chances and know that this should be available to all. The campaign website has materials for teachers to use with students.
Malala Yousafzai, the young woman shot by militants in Pakistan because of her championing of education for girls, has been inspirational to many people and highly successful in raising public awareness. Her speech to the UN Youth Assembly in July 2013 is available on YouTube and the video clip makes a valuable asset for educators.
The World Bank education strategy 2020, under the goal ‘Learning for all’, presents a strong argument for its key approach of ‘invest early, invest smartly, and invest for all’. A video clip “what is school” makes another good resource for stimulating discussion.