United States of America
Educating students about different religions and cultures prepares them for daily interactions in their community and outside it, and helps them to develop a deeper understanding of themselves as global citizens.
The use of our activities and resources is an exciting opportunity to model and encourage student voice, civil dialogue, and mutual respect. Generation Global in the USA is an example of how our programme can be adapted to diverse contexts, as it trains teachers on how to prepare students for participation in the programme using First Amendment principles, including human rights and civic responsibilities. Direct interaction with students in other countries reinforces the civic values learned in the classroom, and brings them to life.
In the USA, and other countries, social studies play a vital role in teaching students the knowledge, skills, and values young people need to fulfil the duties of citizenship. We are delighted that the National Council for the Social Studies' Executive Director has officially endorsed our programme, saying, "I believe this opens up these excellent materials to a wider audience at a critical time in our democracy. Teaching for understanding difference has never been more important."
"Participating in the programme has inspired me to learn more about different cultures and played a very large role in my decision to pursue International Affairs as a major in college and eventually get a job promoting respect and understanding for different heritages and cultures." – Student
"Governments around the world recognise the need to equip their younger citizens with the knowledge and skills to reject prejudice, conflict, and extremism."
"Governments around the world recognise the need to equip their younger citizens with the knowledge and skills to reject prejudice, conflict, and extremism, and to build an open-minded society. As educators in the USA, we have the responsibility to provide students with the knowledge and skills to navigate difference with empathy and understanding. Cross-cultural competency is no longer a choice, nor an optional add-on to our curricula, but an essential part of a well-rounded 21st century education. USA schools have a leading role to play in embracing our students as the global generation – and educating them with the skills necessary to build a generation at ease with difference, and that embraces an open-minded view of the world." – Generation Global's USA Education Manager
Taking one of our webinars is a great way to get an overview of the programme.