I am passionate about education and believe that it will break down all barriers. Here in Kenya, getting access to internet has proven to be very difficult, especially for the pupils learning in village schools who have no connection to the outside world. To ensure that they get to experience the joy and enlightenment of communicating with international friends (pen pals) and get to know about their culture, I bring these pupils to my home so that they can use the internet there, instead of paying exorbitant prices at public cyber cafés.
I'm passionate about global education because I want my students to learn English properly and I want them enjoy while learning it. I want them to taste enjoyable parts of the language learning. I am both a teacher and a freelance learner. I want my students to see the world -like me- from a different perspective, learn and respect other cultures.
I have been passionate about global learning since the time when I was an exchange student in the USA. Later, after becoming a teacher, I tried to connect my students with the world as much as possible. The students learn to respect other ideas, beliefs and traditions. I strongly believe that tolerance to diversity is very important in our modern world. Together we can sort out the most difficult problems. Nowadays the situation in the Eastern part of my country is rather worrying, the military conflict is going on there. There are some dangerous spots of conflict in other parts of the world, too. I'm sure, that if we teach children to respect global values, the world will be a much safer and better place.
Every year our world becomes increasingly smaller and more interconnected. Through the use of technology we can teach common values and bridge the gaps that divide us. It's important for students to be exposed to other cultures to learn from each other's perspectives and recognize how similar we all are.
Texas, United States
Thanks to technology global education is possible to the masses. Typically, American students are globally ignorant. To solve problems the world is and will be facing will require us to work with people of other cultures. From an early age, students need to be exposed to other perspectives and learn to appreciate those perspectives. I personally was not exposed to other cultures until college when I was able to travel abroad. I met amazing people who thought differently than me. I want to help my students have similar experiences at a much younger age. PenPal Schools helps me do that.
New Jersey, United States
As a teacher and as a mom, I believe that one of the best gifts we can give to our children is twenty-first century knowledge, skills, and understanding of world cultures, global issues, and international current events. These lessons will help our kids navigate a complex and ever changing world with open minds and hearts to support world-wide environmental, economic, and political sustainability, encourage deeper understanding and respect for all people, realize that our similarities far outweigh our differences, and promote peace and unity to improve life in our world.
Virginia, United States
Because education is not limited to the 4 walls of the classroom, the campus, the town--or even the country--in which you live. The best way to learn about something is to do it if you can, but connecting with others around the globe can be the next best thing. Global education is an excellent way to gain 2nd hand knowledge in a 1st hand way! Many students may have never had the opportunity to travel beyond their city or county, global education changes that. It allows children to access a world that may be unlike anything they've ever experienced--or they may find it surprisingly familiar. Either way they are expanding their knowledge base and, at the same time, gaining valuable perspectives on the world around them.
Pennsylvania, United States
Reaching beyond the classroom walls to make global connections allows for a broadening of perspectives and a deeper understanding and appreciation for other peoples and cultures. This also allows for a richer and deeper sense of connection in life.
North Dakota, United States
Many of my students will never leave the city or state they currently live in. PenPal Schools allows them to visit the world outside without leaving the classroom.
Natzyelly Kesne Gonzalez Garcia
Global education is the key for success in our students. It has been a big part of my teaching, because it provides our students with the opportunity to share their culture and learn from others as well. They can be in touch with people from all over the world regardless the distances.
I believe that global collaboration is the way education is going, and find it very valuable for students learning. This is not something students can find or read about in a textbook. Global collaboration offers for real world, rich and engaging learning that will make students more aware of what is in the world around them.
Mississippi, United States
I am so excited about global education because it gives my kids a view of the world outside of their small town. For my kids, their world is largely consumed with gangs and violence. Many have never been outside of their county, much less Mississippi. This gives them perspective and helps them to dream of being more than their town's expectations.
Illinois, United States
I am passionate about global education because our current students (and even former students!) are now living in a very global, competitive world. With the advancement of technology in our society, students of all ages are now more aware of academic and social issues that are happening around the world and they need to as soon as they can begin to learn and understand that their own needs and issues are a part of the world too. In addition, if students are doing programs such as Pen Pal Schools, then this allows them to participate as a world citizen and this can lead to more leaders in the future that can help solve many of our global problems and issues.
Arizona, United States
When we connect with people in other parts of the world, we are opening ourselves and our students up to opportunity to not only share cultural and social differences but to find the commonalities that remind us how we are all alike, connected and valuable to our world.
Texas, United States
Our students "worlds" are smaller than they were when we were their age. Technology has been a huge cause of this. Due to "smaller worlds", our students have much greater opportunities. It is my job to expose students to all these opportunities. If I don't, I have failed them. The first step that must be taken in order for them to take advantage of these opportunities later in life is to educate our students about their world in an authentic way. Students must gain knowledge about other cultures and develop a respect and appreciation for them. This generation desires authentic and real connections. I am passionate about providing that for them. I had teachers that provided that for me throughout my education. It changed my life and made me who I am today. I want to pass that treasure on.
North Carolina, United States
Learning always seems to boil down to the human element, to relationships. And it just makes sense to extend that beyond the classroom walls. Learning with others helps adults and students alike make sense of a world that is at once huge and increasingly smaller, dispel myths, and diffuse stereotypes. I believe deeply in the power of one--one person, one comment, one idea, and one interaction--to shift a perspective.To me, that is magic. Whether we travel physically or virtually, the benefits of seeing through another's eyes, languages, experiences, and terrain, are unparalleled.
North Dakota, United States
Global education is extremely important especially in my classroom. Geography and Area Studies are two of the classes that I teach and my students learning about the globe and the people that live in certain areas is important. We live in a global society in which all of our products are affected by the rest of the world. We must protect the rest of the world in order to protect ourselves. We must learn about the rest of the world in order to become better humans.
Erika Paulina Villicaña Rodriguez
I am passionate about global education because always its very rewarding to contribute with teachers and learners around the world. We can enrich our knowledge and support each others.
New York, United States
I am passionate about global education because learning about the world around us is one of the best ways to grow. In fact, that is what inspired me when I was a student. When I was in elementary school, I always loved looking at maps and studying geography. In middle school, I fell in love with studying foreign languages, which has continued through to present day. By the time I was in high school, college, and beyond, I was eager to take advantage of any cultural exchange overseas. Stepping outside of my comfort zone, meeting people from other parts of the world, experiencing different ways of life, and traveling have all expanded my horizons. Now, I work with students from all over the world since I teach English as a New Language (ESOL). I learn from them every day and I love it!
Florida, United States
Global learning is at the crux of education. All of my students will be affected by changes taking place in far flung places and come into contact with people from different places, cultures and lifestyles. I feel it is my duty to educate them about the world and its happenings.
I have experience sharing my culture through English Language with teachers from Russia,Turkey and Denmark. We have done snail penpals and skype web conferences. I´m really interested in show my students other realities and cultures, because they have difficult backgrounds and social danger families.