The essence of education transcends beyond the acquisition of mere literacy, digital,numeracy and cognitive skills but it remains a potent tool that can be harnessed to equip and build people’s capacities to live together and build peaceful, tolerant, just and socially inclusive societies”
As such, #ESDForumOgbomoso focused on just ONE THEME; Global Citizenship Education under the newly introduced “GCED-CARAVAN”. One of the main objectives of this mobile edu-thinktank is to build a common understanding of the major thematics of Global Citizenship and it’s critical role in the current global education system within students and teachers and this was achieved.
Using a new LEARN-THINK-ACT approach,we broadened the knowledge bank of the learners on how they can become competent Global leaders who will contribute to global development by acting locally to address basic societal, economic and environmental issues around them. As an action-oriented open dialogue,the learners were guided to examine roots and causes of events and occurrences at the local level,consider the connections with the global development and most importantly, identify solutions together.
At the beginning of the forum,ground rules for interaction between were agreed upon to permit participatory learning. After brief introduction of #GCE,the learners were allowed to work collaboratively on assigned tasks. Collaborating in three small groups,they were made to identify three most challenging issues,which is either Societal,environmental or Economical and as a result, they were divided into three groups designated ECONOMY,SOCIETY and ENVIRONMENT.
After brainstorming consultations amidst themselves, the learners were permitted to display their results of their collective understudy while defining the causes and consequences of issues that have earlier highlighted and in the same process designing the solutions.
Team SOCIETY worked on HUMAN TRAFFICKING, Team Environment worked on POLLUTION while Team ECONOMY worked on CORRUPTION. It was an amazing experience watching this learners disagree to agree on opinions presented individually to arrive at proposed solutions and those that are actually applicable to them. This approach enabled them to think critically and imagine past,current and emerging scenarios as they make crucial decisions in a collaborative manner. Afterwards, the students from three secondary schools participated in our newly launched #IAmAGlobalCitizen Campaign to raise awareness and advocacy for learning and teaching ‘Global Citizenship’ in diverse learning environments across all levels,through formal,informal or non-formal means.
It’s pertinent that young people understand interconnected socio-cultural and economic systems and trends that create sustainability issues and then,develop the skills,values and attitudes needed to address such. This way, they will be enlightened and empowered to devise creative solutions locally. What other way to build Global Citizens: Think Global, Act Local..Glocalization is the NEW COOL to shape the world into a better place to live
More details at bit.ly/ESDForumOgbomoso
We are building an African continent, one community at a time,where every child will have access to quality education, regardless of their geographical location, age,gender or background.
Together We Achieve More.