Educating and empowering global and active citizens to build more just and peaceful societies has been the mission of AFS for decades. Launched on World Refugee Day, this issue of Connect: Intercultural Insights for Global Citizens explores how intercultural learning works as a foundation of peace. When peace-building and humanitarian work call for conflict resolution, intercultural competence is required to develop culturally sensitive and appropriate solutions.
You can access the new issue of Connect: Intercultural Insights for Global Citizens here: medium.com/connect-intercultural-insights-for-global-citizens or check out the individual articles below.
Educating for Peace
Although many peace-building organizations include intercultural education as an important aspect of global citizenship education, exactly how does this type of learning help foster peace? Learn why we dedicated this issue of Connect to exploring how intercultural learning works as a building block to peace in Educating for Peace: The Role of Intercultural Learning.
Take a closer look at what educating for peace means in schools today and how AFS and other global education organizations can foster it. Our Chief Education Officer, Melissa Liles, explores how we can tap the power of intercultural learning in the classroom to help transform refugees and all students into young global citizens. Click here to read her concrete suggestions for activities and discussions to be used in schools to foster intercultural understanding and personal growth.
Learn about the importance of providing psychosocial support and education to different types of migrants. Guglielmo Schinina of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) advises that viable solutions require both the host communities and new members to make a conscious effort to learn to live together. To read about the concrete recommendations about respect and humanity, as well as the role of education for migrants, click here.
Learn more about how the European Federation for Intercultural Learning (EFIL) is putting intercultural learning to work. Throughout the year, EFIL – the umbrella organization for AFS in Europe – is sponsoring seminars and other activities to teach AFS volunteers and others how to use intercultural learning in their communities, especially in European countries where refugees and other migrants are a priority.
Test out our learning session outline that offers practical tools and activities (including students’ videos) to explore the topics of migration and education. Based on a Plural+ Youth Video Contest submission and discussion guides, this activity will help young people develop more empathy and improve their critical thinking skills.
Now is the time to learn more about and register for “Fostering Global Competency and Creating Pathways to Study Abroad”, AFS workshop which will precede the 2016 IIE Generation Study Abroad Summit in October 2016 in Washington DC, USA. Explore what other educational events took place during the past few months and which topics AFS explored through meaningful partnerships around the world.
Discover an exciting new way AFS is inspiring young people and others to volunteer through a new secondary school curriculum and museum exhibition. The Volunteers: Americans Join World War I, 1914–1919 provides a unique approach to volunteerism, intercultural competence and global citizenship education. By honoring the past and speaking to the future, this project raises awareness about the volunteer efforts during World War I, and inspires young people to become active global citizens today.
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