Classrooms for Change
Project start date: 15/01/2017
Duration: 6 months
Funder: Educating for Change: Capitalising on the EU Presidency in Malta to raise awareness on Agenda 2030, a SKOP project funded by the EU with the financial support of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Malta.
About the project
Through this project. The People for Change Foundation will launch online courses on migration, development, and empowerment for secondary school teachers. These courses which will be available in the second half of 2017 will give teachers in-depth knowledge about these topics, as well as equipping them to implement lessons about them for their students. This material will be intrinsically linked to the national minimum curriculum and to particular subjects within it, and will therefore allow teachers to integrate these topics within their teaching.
The aims of this project are to:
- Provide a sustainable source of knowledge and educational materials for teachers and educators to include the SDGs and migration into their core curriculum
- Inspire teachers to teach on topics relating to the SDGs, migration and empowerment
- Ensure children and young people can engage with positive materials, facts, experiences, and attitudes relating to the SDGs and migration, and to build a better informed and empowered younger generation
We live in an ever-changing world in which complex global issues affect each and every one of us. Mass-migration, global poverty, climate change, and inequality matters of concern to all. Educators are in an ideal position to equip children with the knowledge and skills to understand these important global challenges, each within their own sphere of influence. It is therefore important that teachers use this position, and their influence with the students they teach, to help them become knowledgeable, reflective, and responsible citizens, capable of acting purposefully to change their local, national, and international area for the better.
The online courses that will result from this project will be available from the second half of 2017. Watch this space for more!
Teachers’ Invitation to Focus Group
In order to ensure that the online courses which are useful and relevant, The People for Change Foundation will hold two focus groups with teachers to better ascertain their current needs, and challenges in relation to understanding and teaching about migration, development, and empowerment. We invite teachers in secondary schools from all subject areas, all grades, and from state, church, and independent schools to participate in these focus groups. The focus groups will last about an hour, and will gather views about online courses, classroom practice, and integrating social issues into teaching. They will be held on Wednesday 3rd May and Wednesday 10th May between 5 and 6pm. If you are interested and available to attend, please sign up below.