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Saskatchewan Curriculum Based Global Citizenship Education Modules
In this globalized world, the challenges that face humanity are increasingly global in scope and therefore require global solutions. This has significant implications for K to 12 teachers, teacher-educators, and curriculum developers, who are responsible for educating the next generation of global citizens to rise to the challenge.
In order to move humanity towards sustainable, peaceful solutions to global challenges, schools need to prepare students to become critically informed, motivated, globally competent citizens with social problem solving skills and a willingness to challenge misinformation and government inaction.
Through global citizenship education, educators can support the development of 21st century citizens that internalize the values, master the skills, acquire the knowledge, and experience the sense of empowerment needed to tackle these challenges.
Module 1 - Transforming Charity into Solidarity and Justice
The first module in our GCE series aims to guide students through understanding the potential and limitations of charity and how it necessitates global justice and solidarity.
Charity is aid given to those in need; justice is fairness, equitable distribution of wealth, resources and power among all members of society; and solidarity is unity of agreement of feeling or action, especially among individuals with a common interest.
If we can recognize the need for charity but understand that charity should not be viewed as a solution to many problems, then we will be able to see solutions at the root of the issues. Therefore, it is imperative that we dig deeper to identify and understand the root causes of poverty. This can be done, in part, through a justice and solidarity approach to global poverty.
Module 2 - Understanding Power and Privilege through Anti- Oppression
This module addresses the gap in educator resources that investigate power and privilege, and that explore the complex global issues facing humanity today through the lens of anti-oppression, anti-racism, decolonization, root causes of poverty, and environmental sustainability.
The module focuses on increasing students’ understanding of how power and privilege impact people differently, and on building students’ capacity to recognize, analyze and challenge discrimination, and to work collectively in solidarity with people who are different from themselves.
Module 3 - Global Citizenship In The Classroom
The third module in our GCE series aims to guide students to understand and critique an increasingly interconnected and interrelated world. Students will develop critical and conscious citizenship skills, become more aware of personal impacts, and explore their roles and responsibilities as global citizens locally and globally.
Module 4 - Gender Equity
Our newest module aims to guide students to understand what gender equity is and how gender and equity relate to issues in their own lives, communities and around the world. Gender equity recognizes that people experience different barriers, benefits, responsibilities and access to resources according to their gender. Gender equity means fairness of treatment and the allocation of resources without discrimination and in accordance to their respective needs. This may include equal treatment or treatment that is different but which is considered equivalent in terms of rights, benefits, obligations, and opportunities.
Gender equity education is of utmost importance. The introduction of gender equity to youth provides opportunities to endorse positive gender norms. Furthermore, gender equity education will provide students with the knowledge and skills to empower themselves and others throughout their lives.
In addition to delivering a new four-year global citizenship engagement program made possible by funding from Global Affairs Canada, SCIC is also pleased to be a part of new multi-year Inter-Council Network (ICN) initiatives currently underway, offering exciting new funding and support opportunities for Small and Medium Civil Society Organizations (SMOs) in Saskatchewan and across the country.
The Fund for Innovation and Transformation (FIT) Program
The Fund for Innovation and Transformation (FIT) is a program of the Inter-Council Network of Provincial and Regional Councils (ICN) made possible through funding from Global Affairs Canada and administered by the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC).
FIT is designed to support Canadian small and medium-sized organizations (SMOs) testing innovative solutions that advance gender equality in the Global South. The program is open to civil society organizations, social enterprises, post-secondary institutions and the private sector.
FIT will provide successful applicants with $150K-$250 K over a 6-15 month period to test their solutions in partnership with local organizations. The multi-year program aims to fund 50-70 initiatives overall.
In addition, the program seeks to foster collective learning and build the capacity of SMOs through the creation of knowledge-sharing spaces and practices. FIT’s goal is to cultivate a working environment in which SMOs are empowered to experiment, fail, adapt and try again.
“SPUR Change” A Program for Small and Medium Organisations
The Spur Change program is a 5-year initiative, funded by Global Affairs Canada, aiming to increase the effectiveness of Canadian small and medium organizations to deliver sustainable results in support of the Feminist International Assistance Policy and the Sustainable Development Goals. The main outcomes of the program are to increase the engagement of Canadian small and medium-sized organizations in international development and increase the engagement of Canadians, particularly youth, as global citizens.
Register your organization now in order to benefit from a range of capacity building activities such as workshops on the Feminist International Assistance Policy and the Sustainable Development Goals, specialized training sessions on specific development approaches and tools, courses on organizational development, communities of practice, roundtables and participation at the annual Spur Change conferences. In order to fully benefit from Spur Change your organization will need to register here.
Register and stay tuned for more information on Spur Change.
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