One World Youth Project ???

The Challenge

The world has changed: the global economy is flattening, there is unprecedented migration and we are experiencing a digital revolution and yet schools around the globe are not preparing youth for their interconnected world. Those prepared to operate within this reality will see this interconnection as an opportunity. Those not prepared will see this changing landscape as a threat.

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Students must: Develop expert thinking as well as complex communication and collaboration skills to succeed in a globalized 21st century, where they will be called upon to:

  • Investigate the world beyond their immediate environment
  • Recognize and articulate varied perspectives thoughtfully and respectfully
  • Communicate ideas effectively with diverse audiences
  • Act as discerning participants in a global marketplace and society, viewing themselves as actors in the world

Educators want the following for their students:

  • Facilitated peer-to-peer global conversations
  • Customized global-learning curriculum that also meets local educational standards
  • Well-managed service-learning
  • Mentors

If youth are not introduced to global life skills in formal education, as adults they will not be prepared for success in the 21st century society and economy. Youth who do not receive a 21st century education may:

  • Have limited access to living wage employment opportunities and be less qualified for executive positions
  • Be less likely to pursue higher education
  • Contribute to xenophobia and experience less social inclusion
  • Continue to passively perpetuate global injustices rather than work to create a better, shared future