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The Global Search for Education: Teachers Without Borders

The Global Search for Education: Teachers Without Borders

At this very second we’ve a
group of 350 passionate academics throughout 75 nations, providing free
Skype classes.” – Koen Timmers

Within the period of globalization, interactions and studying between
college students of various nations have turn out to be a necessity for lecture rooms.
Koen Timmers, an award-winning educator, researcher, lecturer and
writer, is a agency believer in “borderless” schooling. Already working
with academics and college students throughout 6 continents, Koen is specializing in
connecting college students globally to unravel actual world challenges that may
promote expertise comparable to “creativity, empathy, essential considering, and
collaboration.” Extra just lately he started collaborating with Jane Goodall
and her “Roots and Shoots” initiative, a youth service program that goals
to foster respect and compassion for all dwelling beings, and promote
understanding of cultures and beliefs. The International Seek for Schooling welcomes
Koen Timmers, the Founding father of the Kakuma Undertaking, a worldwide local weather
motion and innovation lab, to speak about his initiatives and altering
international schooling.

“We’re preventing polarization by
permitting college students to expertise one thing they may nonetheless keep in mind in 5,
10 and even 20 years, and on the similar time instilling empathy by
permitting college students to have an intercultural trade.” – Koen Timmers

Koen, please inform us extra about your Local weather Motion undertaking?

In our Local weather Motion undertaking, college students throughout 90 nations targeted
on local weather modifications. They took the lead of their studying course of and
explored, brainstormed, related, and shared their findings by way of weekly
movies which might be revealed at my web site.
College students have been capable of study from one another in their very own class after which
from their international friends. This was actually highly effective as a result of local weather
change varies from nation to nation. For instance, faculties in Eire
have been closed for the very first time in historical past as a result of hurricanes. In
Sierra Leone, college students have been killed due to mud flows. Within the Arctic
Canada, ice is melting quickly. Each nation has its personal points and
college students can get direct insights into the opposite individuals’ lives.
Studying was not solely genuine, nevertheless it was partaking.

In our Kakuma undertaking, I shipped my very own laptop computer to a Kenyan refugee
camp housing 200,000 refugees. I began to show the scholars by way of
Skype. With the assistance of a crowdfunding marketing campaign, we have been capable of convey
our personal web connection to the camp, and by teaming up with an
American instructor, Brian Copes, we have now been capable of develop a photo voltaic
suitcase which provides free energy provide to the faculties concerned. At this
very second we have now a group of 350 passionate academics throughout 75
nations, providing free Skype classes.

What do you assume makes your challenge distinctive?

I consider that the size is exclusive. The truth that we’re utilizing
easy, free instruments in a worldwide context permits us to do one thing
highly effective. We’re capable of improve the extent of schooling in an enormous
refugee camp, and schooling is their solely means out as they’re locked in
the camp. Whereas most individuals are charmed by the venture, they often
overlook the truth that we’re doing greater than providing free classes of
Math, Science and English. We provide college students the world over a good
perspective on the refugees’ lives and we permit them to have casual
chats about habits, cultures, hobbies and artwork. We’re preventing
polarization by permitting college students to expertise one thing they may
nonetheless keep in mind in 5, 10 and even 20 years, and on the similar time
instilling empathy by permitting college students to have an intercultural
change. We aren’t depending on businesses since all of us are volunteers.
The facility of a community!

“Schooling must be custom-made and academics have to give attention to studying fairly than educating.” – Koen Timmers

The world is turning into a lot extra about appreciating international
views. How are faculties adapting to this studying technique and the way
is it simpler for youngsters?

Not everyone agrees that self-inquiry, project-based and
collaborative studying works. Some researchers nonetheless solely consider
in direct instruction. However they’re making one mistake. The fitting
pedagogy depends upon the scholars’ age, subjects to show, faculties and
cultures. Schooling must be custom-made and academics have to concentrate on
studying slightly than educating. College students do want a correct introduction,
context and background to a subject earlier than they’re able to have a
profitable dialogue or clear up issues. Typically academics do have to
“information” their college students fairly than “instruct” them with a purpose to level
them to the proper path. For instance, an American instructor, Tara,
came upon that her college students believed principally every little thing they learn on
the web. Subsequently, her main objective in the course of the Local weather Motion
challenge was tackling pretend information. Different academics have been stunned by the
reality their college students got here up with mind-blowing options: Canadian
college students 3D printed coral reefs, Nigerian college students created their very own
biomass plant, and Tunisian college students developed their very own online game.
Belgian college students used Lego to create cease movement movies, and college students
throughout 50 nations concurrently created an eco-friendly world in
Minecraft. Studying has actually turn into a enjoyable exercise. Academics have to
create a willingness to study, since we don’t need our college students to cease
being wanting to study as soon as they graduate.

What are the challenges you’ve skilled on this journey? What
classes have you ever discovered and the way have you ever modified and improved the
program for international lecture rooms?

One of many largest challenges is, sadly, the shortage of
assets in some nations. Whereas most European and American college students
have been capable of work on computer systems, African college students often had to make use of pen
and paper. Nevertheless, they have been nonetheless capable of have a dialogue, to
brainstorm, to create, and to share their findings. Generally, the
instructor used Whatsapp – an app which proves to be probably the most performant –
to ship brief movies.

Additionally, English was a problem in most South American nations. However
naturally, college students and academics there created their very own
Spanish-speaking group.

When it comes to the large age vary of the undertaking (we have now college students from
10 to 21 collaborating within the undertaking), academics all take totally different
approaches, make the most of applicable pedagogies, and make use of applied sciences
in another way on numerous age teams, as it’s key that content material, pedagogy
and know-how are in stability. It’s the academics who’re pedagogical
engineers who want to guage which software and strategy must be related
to sure subjects.

“I purpose to develop Innovation lab
faculties in 10 nations this yr and plan to supply free and high quality
schooling to 1 million college students by 2020.”  – Koen Timmers

If an educator needs her classroom to be part of your international program, how does she get began? What are the steps?

I’m launching these sorts of tasks all year long. Educators can go to Innovation Lab Faculties, the place they will discover updates or comply with me on Twitter.

How would you describe your achievements so far and what are your long run objectives for the venture?

I just lately began a collaboration with Dr. Jane Goodall and her
“Roots & Shoots” initiative. Collectively we’ll equip three innovation lab
faculties. The challenge includes our personal curriculum based mostly on the UN
Sustainable Improvement Objectives with connections to STEM (Science
Know-how Engineering Math). I purpose to develop Innovation lab faculties in
10 nations this yr and plan to supply free and high quality schooling to 1
million college students by 2020. By establishing these faculties we intend to
convey content material, pedagogy and know-how in an ideal stability by shifting
to a unique fashion of studying that places college students on the middle of
their schooling journey. We will even have a worldwide instructor group of
1,000 academics providing free Skype classes around the globe. This manner
we’re capable of equip college students with the correct expertise (collaboration,
important considering, drawback fixing, empathy, and so forth), which have grow to be
more and more essential with the arrival of the fourth industrial
revolution. These expertise will form them to be the worldwide residents we

C.M. Rubin and Koen Timmers

Thanks to our 800 plus international contributors,
academics, entrepreneurs, researchers, enterprise leaders, college students and
thought leaders from each area for sharing your views on the
way forward for studying with The International Seek for Schooling every month.

C. M. Rubin (Cathy) is the Founding father of CMRubinWorld, a web-based
publishing firm targeted on the way forward for international studying and the
co-founder of Planet Classroom. She is the writer of three best-selling
books and two extensively learn on-line collection. Rubin acquired three Upton Sinclair
Awards for “The International Seek for Schooling”. The collection which
advocates for all learners was launched in 2010 and brings collectively
distinguished thought leaders from around the globe to discover the important thing
schooling points confronted by nations.

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