Teachers prepare the next generation of citizens to be able to effectively function in the globalized world in which they live, equipping them with life-long learning skills. Global competence is clearly one of those skills and part of global competence is an awareness of the issues facing individuals around the world in order to better interact with these individuals with understanding and empathy, creating a global culture of peace, economic prosperity and security.
As Malala Yousafzai and the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls have taught us, one of these issues is that millions of young people worldwide do not have safe access to school and a quality education. Pre-service teachers need to be equipped with the knowledge about this issue so that they can help students understand something that is not on their normal reality radar.
GCE-US is an advocacy coalition, seeking to ensure that all young people worldwide have access to a quality education. We work to build awareness in this country of the struggle that millions of boys and girls go through to be educated. One of the ways we accomplish our mission is to provide resources to educators, community members, civic groups, etc. to educate them about the issue. In addition to the GCE-US “Lesson For All” curriculum, many resources are produced by our coalition members and we work to get them into the hands of individuals across the country.
Posted by Ed Gragert on July 28, 2014 at 1:52 pm