New Global Education Programme Equips Young People To Resist Extremism
10 Jun 2016
The Tony Blair Faith Foundation launches Generation Global, a new global schools programme which helps students to navigate difference through dialogue.
Together we can give students the skills they need to navigate diversity in a peaceful way. Since 2008, over 180,000 12-17 year olds in 20 countries have taken part in our education programme, Face to Faith. By providing global learning and dialogue opportunities, it has helped young people to be resolute in the face of narratives that feed into the development of violent extremist ideologies.
But as the nature of the challenge evolves, so must we: today, we are pleased to announce that Face to Faith is becoming Generation Global.
Generation Global gives young people the tools of global citizenship, nurtures critical thinking and discussion skills, and builds a generation of young people at ease with difference. Dialogue is at its heart.
Dr Ian Jamison, Head of Education at the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, said:
Giving young people a voice that can be heard around the world, while enabling them to learn directly from and about their global peers has an enormous impact; opening their minds to the diversity of communities around the world, and empowering them to work directly to build mutual understanding.
That's why we've put the lessons that we've learned in the last eight years into Generation Global. Now we can offer a unique online dialogue community, and classroom resources that we know deepen dialogue. Generation Global will develop new partnerships to give more and more young people the opportunity to explore the world in this way – and to become part of a truly global generation.
- New resources: with input from the Centre on Religion & Geopolitics, we have created innovative teaching modules, designed to incorporate into existing courses and curricula all over the world, and to help to deal with difficult issues in the classroom
- New ways to connect: generation.global, our secure and moderated online learning community, provides opportunities for students to practise the skills of dialogue with their global peers; and is simple for teachers to monitor
- Improved accessibility: resources are accessible through a range of devices, including mobile phones
- Support for teachers: in-depth expert training, professional development videoconferences, a dedicated team to support delivery, and a number of helpdesks, including in Arabic