Meet A Presenter: Being Kind

Have you ever felt left out or left behind? For children growing up in the Gajapati District of Odisha, India, this is more profound than being left out of games on the playground. Lower caste and Christian children are shunned in every part of society. It is incredible difficult for them to get the basic needs of life and even harder for their parents to find adequate work.

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The answer that will open the doors shut before them is education. Three brothers who grew up in the region have banded together to supply a better future for these children by providing access to education and school supplies.

“GIVING AN OPPORTUNITY

TO THESE POOR KIDS TO STUDY

BY BEING KIND”

It is the kindness and generosity of Fr Jessaya Nayak, CM, Mr. Kisant Nayak, and Mr.  Susant Nayak that is changing the lives of 45 children every year by providing:

  • School bags
  • Notebooks
  • Uniforms
  • Geometry boxes
  • Tiffin boxes
  • Umbrella for the rainy season
  • Sweaters and warm coats for the winter
  • School tuition
  • Admission fees
  • Hostel fees

Without a good education, the future of these children is grim and their employment prospects are bleak. However, for just $150 per year, a child can receive everything he needs for a successful year of school which leads to a promising future.

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We look forward to learning more about the Nayaks’ Being Kind project on Global Learn Day in just a few weeks. Opening doors to education is one of the core goals of the Global Learn Day team. We know that education will not only unite the world, but provide a future full of peace, hope, and promise.

If you would like to help support the Being Kind project, please comment below and we will connect you with the the Nayaks. Any donation can make a difference, for these children the difference is life changing. More information will also be available on Global Learn Day.

How can you make a difference? It could be as easy as sharing your gifts and knowledge with the world on Global Learn Day 2018. Time is rapidly running out. If you would like to be a presenter, please sign up today!

 

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Meet A Presenter: Stepping Stones to Music

Did you learn how to sing when you were a child? Do you hope your child will become proficient in music? We all know the traditional way of learning music–first comes reading music then progressively learning more difficult techniques with long hours of practice. What if there is a better way to learn music?

 Stepping Stones to Music: Cultivate Your Child’s Love of Music in 10 Minutes

Our presenter, Cecilia Yeung is a music teacher who wants to cultivate a love of music in every child with a very special approach. She holds a double degree in music and education. Cecilia has taught instrumental music in both Australia and the United Kingdom. She has also worked as a classroom music teacher in both countries.

Cecilia Yeung discovered the Kodaly method for teaching young children music through song and is now looking to teach the world to sing! She has taught students from all ages and abilities.

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I’d Like to Teach The World to Sing

Since discovering the Kodály methodology, Cecilia is committed to teaching and learning music using this approach. She further studied at the Kodály Institute in Kecskemét with music educators from around the world and earned a Diploma in Kodály Concept of Music Education.

Thank you, Cecilia Yeung for joining our crew. We look forward to creating harmony through out the world with your special music lessons.

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Come Make Music with Us!

Do you have a gift or passion to share? We would love to have you present on Global Learn Day 2018! Help us unite the world through education!

 

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Meet A Presenter: Creature Crazy

Learning and education can never start too early. Neither can participating in Global Learn Day. This year, we have two young presenters. Our first is wild about the outdoors! You could even call him a little crazy–Creature Crazy!

A Young Explorer with A Big Idea!

Samuel Hansen is 9 years old and entering the 5th grade. (He would want you to know that he’ll be 10 really soon!) As a curious homeschooler, he is always looking for something new to explore.

When his chores and school work is done, Samuel can most often be found in his backyard studying nature, tracking animals, and adding to his amazing collection of nature artifacts including a seagull skull, complete snake skin, and several kinds of insects exoskeletons.

Samuel had a “brilliant” idea, what if he started a backyard nature show! The show would be aimed at regular people to teach them more about the animals around them so, they can understand the amazing creatures living right in their backyard.

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Teaching regular people about what’s in their own backyard!

The idea of Creature Crazy was born. That is when Samuel signed up for Global Learn Day. He wanted to share his knowledge and debut his wonderful video series. For someone who loves all creatures around the globe, the opportunity to teach his passion to the world was just the opportunity he wanted.

Creature Crazy is a nature show designed and produced by a young “creature adventurer” that is basing his show off of the Kratt Brothers. “They are my inspiration!” says Samuel, “I can help people learn about creatures from a young host’s point of view.”

What's living in your backyard?

When Samuel isn’t  learning about creatures and observing them in the wild, he is busy playing soccer and basketball, participating in rabbit 4H, and volunteering as a Mary’s Meals Ambassador. He also enjoys creating games, building inventions, and reading good literature, especially historical fiction or anything by E. Nesbit!

Welcome aboard, Samuel Hansen! We can’t wait to explore the fascinating world of our own backyard with you.

What Can You Teach The World?

Everyone has something to share! What can you share with the world? Have an interesting hobby? Are you an unofficial expert in your current obsession?

Whatever you are learning about today can be a great lesson for someone else tomorrow. Please consider becoming a Global Learn Day 2018 presenter.

Everyone is also invited to participate in Global Learn Day, this is YOUR celebration of education. Check out our participation packet that is full of activities, celebration ideas, and planning tools. It’s free as a way to say thank you for being a part of this special project.

 

 

 

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Meet A Presenter: Silence, On Lit!

Today we meet two special teachers from France who will be presenting their program called, “Silence, on lit!” (Quiet, we’re reading!)

Elise Boirel is a 44 year old mother of two boys aged 14 and 13. She lives in the Paris suburbs. Ms. Boirel has a BA in Marketing, a teaching degree, and a certificate of English proficiency from the University of Cambridge.

Ms. Boirel was a marketing executive who transitioned to becoming an English teacher in 2004. She has been teaching middle school since them. “I love working on projects with other teachers, ” she says, “especially on projects combining English and history

 

Ms. Boirel’s colleague, Karine, is joining her on this project. Karine Riviere is 42 years old, married for 16 years, and the mother of a 15 year old son and 12 year old daughter.

Mrs. Riviere studied history at the Pantheon Sorbonne University in Paris. She also holds a degree in contemporary history and a certificate in geography. She has been the CAPES of history and geography for the past 17 years, and has been at her current school for 13 of those years.

Mrs. Riviere is the principal teacher of the 8 year old class. She has had many exciting opportunities to orchestrate projects with her students. These include a memorial for la paix a Caen with a visit to the deployment beaches in Normandy and the American cemetery at Omaha Beach. Another project included the study of a play by Moliere, the aristocratic gentleman, that included a visit to Vaux le Vicomte. In addition, Mrs. Riviere has studied the history of the American Revolution, the philosophy of the Renaissance and its consequences on the French Revolution with her students.

This year, she launched a campus wide project, “Silence, on lit!” which she eagerly looks forward to presenting for Global Learn Day.

We welcome everyone to teach the world something new. Do you have something to share? Let us know, there are a few slots left!

Welcome aboard Ms. Boirel and Mrs. Riviere, we can’t wait to be your students!

 

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Global Learn Day October 6th and th 2018

Meet Our Sponsor: Online Training Institute

We have been taking time to meet our wonderful presenters for Global Learn Day 2018. However, today we will take a look at who makes this whole odyssey of education possible!

In 1997, the Internet was a brave new world that many still new little about. It showed potential for great promise but few could have predicted how it would change our every day life. The idea of online worlds and social media were still in their infancy. Online shopping a still developing platform.

There was one man, though, who saw the future and grabbed the opportunity to shape it. Dr. Terrance Redding envisioned the prospect of learning any time, any where in an effort to support lifelong learning and professional development. While others were trepidatious of the fast moving digital age, Dr. Redding saw it’s potential to change lives.

As Redding was setting up the first servers for his new venture, Online Training Institute, another captivating idea was setting sail. Global Learn Day launched its maiden voyage as Online Training Institute (OLT) was welcoming it’s first virtual student.

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As Internet serendipity would have it, Redding came onboard the GLD clipper and followed along as it circumnavigated the world through virtual ports of call. By the end of the voyage, Redding was hosting his own port of call broadcast to the world.

In the beginning there was Global Learn Day 1997
Launch Team

Over the past 21 years, OLT has continued to grow and expand.

we have been a leader in online education for Insurance Pre-Licensing courses, Pre- Licensing Exam Prep courses, and Continuing Education courses.   We are dedicated to finding new ways to help students learn over the internet and pioneering virtual classroom teaching strategies that actually work for our students.   Our focus on excellence in these areas has led to us having some of the highest passrates in the Industry for our Insurance Pre-licensing courses.

Aside from growth, another constant has been their involvement and support of the Global Learn Day project. Twenty one years later, OLT is the underwriting sponsor of the worldwide event.

Dr. Redding has gone from enjoying the view on his virtual deckchair to manning the helm of the ship. We are very thankful for the support that OLT lends to Global Learn Day. Without their vision and desire to further the project, we would not be able to bring this event to you each year.

We look forward to casting off once again on our trusty clipper ship with all our friends aboard this October 6th-7th. Thank you OLT for continuing help education unite the world. Hope to have each of you along for the ride!

 

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Meet A Presenter: YP2G

Education is extremely important. Here at Global Learn Day, we work to promote education for all. We firmly believe in access to education and the importance of lifelong education.

However, what happens when education isn’t enough to land a career. What happens when highly educated graduates do not have what it takes to get the job that they need and want?

Neville Gaunt and his crew at YP2G (short for Your Passport to Grow) are working to close the skills gap in a surprising way. Their mission is to give youth a “can do” attitude and boost their soft skills.  These skills are not the ones taught by academic courses of study, but are essential to success in real world careers.yp2g

In fact, employers favor candidates who excel in these skills above those with higher levels of education and training.  Modern education focuses primarily on measurable skills and demonstration of knowledge. This approach is not producing career ready individuals, though.

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According to an article in Forbes which featured the YP2G project:

In a study of 1,000 employers, recruitment company Reed reported that 96 percent would choose a candidate with a great attitude over a candidate with higher skills. Likewise, if forced to make a reduction in force, they would let a more skilled worker go in favor of a candidate with positive attitude traits and named the top six essential attitude qualities as “commitment, honesty, trustworthiness, adaptability, accountability, and loyalty.”

Through a revolutionary, online program, YP2G is changing the lives of young people in the course of a single year with lessons that develop the following skills:

  • Communication skills
  • Problem solving
  • Self motivation
  • Work under pressure and deadlines
  • Organizational skills
  • Team work
  • Ability to learn and adapt
  • Numeracy
  • Valuing diversity and difference
  • Negotiation

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Neville Gaunt explains why he began this program, “As a School Governor in the U.K. in 2003, I’ve seen a huge disconnect between education and business,” he says. “In the mid 1990s as I worked in oil and gas, I noticed graduates around the world were far less prepared for work than when I graduated in 1980.” (source)

The preparedness, or lack there of, was not from inferior academic programs, but from lack of personal development. Students are being given rigorous academics with a focus on STEM without developing the kind of character traits that are needed for a successful career.

Beginning in Pakistan, YP2G has spread to select universities in England and has its sights on growth in the United States where a skills gap is widening.

With the help of successful consultants from around the world, YP2G provides a highly affordable opportunity for youth to develop and attitude for career success.  Consultants range from corporate executives to ivy league professors.  All are committed to building a better future through better prepared youth.

We are thankful to have the YP2G project aboard. Thank you for helping to change the world!

Do you have something to share with the world? Want to reach people around the world with your special talent or skill set? Global Learn Day is actively seeking presenters to round out our “itinerary” for our October 6, 2018 virtual voyage.

What soft skill has changed the course of your life for the better?

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Meet a Presenter: Hope and Dream Initiative

Do you have a library card? How often do you use it? For many people the library is a regular stop in their daily life, a place to get the latest thriller or read the daily paper. Libraries offer so much that it is easy to take them for granted.  However, libraries are not just your spot for free movie audiobook rentals, they are a land of opportunity and change.

Nguzo Ogbodo started the Hope and Dreams Initiative when her daughter was disappointed that they could not keep their weekly tradition of visiting the library on Saturday while on a trip to Nigeria.

Mummy why don’t you gather your friends together and raise money and build one for the children of this community and I will invite Michelle Obama to come.”

A child’s simple vision is changing the world because it gave her mother an amazing mission. In a global ranking of least literate nations, Nigeria ranks third! Add to that the lack of access to proper facilities for hygiene, and it leaves Nigeria’s children lacking in so many fundamental human rights.

To change that, Ogobodo’s initiative has been building reading rooms with a twist. These mini libraries are chock full of enticing non-fiction and spell binding fiction books for all ages, however, they also work to teach proper hygiene while providing the tools needed to stay healthy.

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WASH reading rooms house a hand washing station at the entrance and resources to teach hygienic practices and their importance. Better hygiene and access to literature are both helping children grow and learn so they can have a more promising future.

Hope and Dream does not stop there, though. In a often overlooked area, lack of simple resources is highly impacting access to education for girls. Girls who need the education to break the cycle of poverty but don’t have the means to do so.

By providing access to menstrual pads, the girls who come to the WASH reading rooms are gaining back 5 days of education, on average, every month. Those few days add up to an extra 2-4 months of education every year! Months that can make the difference between a solid education with hope for the future and an opportunity lost.

One book, one room, at a time are changing the lives of one child,  and one community forever. Through this initiative, the world is a brighter place for hundred of children because of a little soap, running water, and shelves filled with books.

To date, nine WASH reading rooms have been built at schools in the most underserved communities in Africa, mostly in Nigeria. Think of how many more lives could be changed by these simple gifts?

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Nguzo Ogobodo is changing the world and we are thrilled to have her be a part of Global Learn Day to raise awareness for this vital mission.

Do you have a dream you want to share? Are you making a difference in access to education? Global Learn Day is actively seeking presenters and partners to teach the world and further our vision of uniting the world through education.

 

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How to start a business

How to Start a Business at Any Age: Business Education for Children

Summer Lovin’

School is out and summer is here in the northern hemisphere! What are your plans for these too few glorious weeks? Some children will relive the age old rite of passage by opening their own lemonade stand. All they need for this iconic business is water, a pitcher, some lemons, sugar, and a whole lot of hope. Or is there more to it?

The Business of Running a Business

Learning how to run a successful business will serve children when they grow into adulthood no matter what field of work they pursue. From lemonade to the latest invention, here are some steps to support your children’s entrepreneurial adventure. Here is a step by step guide to teach even the youngest entrepreneurs business lessons to last a lifetime!

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Brainstorm Ideas

When my oldest daughter wanted to take skating lessons on top of all her other activities, we really had to think about it. We weren’t opposed to her doing so, but the extra funds to finance it were a problem.

She decided she needed to start her own business.  I let her run with it, and we sat down to think about what kind of business she would like to have.  At seven, she started a horse treat and cookie business that paid for her lessons for four years.

When deciding what business to start, it is important to brainstorm ideas of what business your child would enjoy running, what they know a lot about, and where they will have opportunities to sell their products.

My daughter is horse crazy, has been since she was a toddler.  The choice to make horse treats was easy because her second favorite activity is baking.  She knows numerous horse loving people as well, and regularly visits barns. Hence her business, aptly named Horse Crazy Treats, was born.

 

Make A Business Plan

A business plan is essential. If you don’t have a blueprint, it is nearly impossible to build a house.  Same is true for a business. Take some time with your child to create a solid plan to give his business it’s best shot.

I recently did this with my son.  He had started making crafts to sell and had done quite well, but was not very focused.  Now that he was eight and had experience selling a few crafts, I wanted him to really think about what he was doing and how he planned to succeed at the annual craft fair.   So, we took out a notebook and answered the following questions:

  • What products do you hope to sell?
  • Why do you think these products would appeal to your customers?
  • What supplies do you need to make each product?
  • What kind of packaging is needed?
  • Does your product have a shelf life?
  • Do you need any special equipment or skills to produce this product?
  • If you do, do you have these already?  If not, how will you get them?

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Find Your Market Share

Now that you have a great product and a plan of how to create it, you need a place to sell it.  If you have carefully thought out step one and two, it should be easy to find a venue.

Does a local store carry consignment items?  Could dad or mom get orders through work? Is your product something that friends in your activities would be interested to buy?  Is there a local craft fair or flea market where you could rent a table? Do you have a friend or family member with a business that could sell your product?

My children have found markets at craft fairs, their old preschool, their co-op, and through email and Facebook.  Just remember to add any of the costs or commissions to your budget.

 

Get Your Pitch Ready

If you think of any product that you buy, there is probably a tag line, packaging feature, commercial, or publicized benefit that leads you to purchase it.  Help your child come up with their own jingle and packaging. Make sure that the she can answer questions about the product and state why a customer should want to purchase it.

My son is a born salesman, he can engage anyone and get them on board with whatever he is selling.  He is convincing, personable, and savvy about what people want to know before they buy. My daughter is more timid and prefers to have the product speak for her.  Both of them have been successful because they have used their talents to market their product.

My daughter is very visual and can design beautiful displays that catch customers’ eyes and entice them to buy.  My son uses his wit, interpersonal skills, and engaging personality to draw in his customers. Together they would make quite a team!  However, we have been really working on honing their gifts, while striving to improve the side of marketing that is more of a struggle for each.

Marketing is important.  Don’t short change this step!  No matter what field your child moves into as an adult, being able to sell their ideas will serve them well.

 

Build a Financial Plan

Before jumping full on into a business venture, it is crucial to make sure it is financially sound. Learning to “pencil out” ideas and judge their financial merit is something that will serve every person for the rest of their lives!

This is where the cold, hard truth comes into play.  Even the best product will fail if the company can’t afford to produce it.  Also, most businesses flounder not for lack of customers, but because of poor financial decisions.  Know your limitations and your potential before spending any money.

 

  • How much money do you have to invest in your business?
  • How much will the supplies for each product cost?
  • For how much could you reasonably sell the product?
  • How many do you need to sell of each product to break even?
  • How much profit do you hope to make?
  • What will you do with your profit?
  • What percentage of the profits will I donate/tithe?
  • What percentage of profit will you reinvest into the business?

 

Assess Your Assets And Make Adjustments

Once your child’s business begins, remember to regularly take a step back and see how it is doing?  Are costs being met? Is a profit being made? Which products are selling best? Is there anything that could be done to improve the product, sales venue, or marketing?  What goals does your child have for the future of the business? Is your child still enjoying the business she created?

My daughter’s horse treat business served her well for a few years, but then her sales started to drop.  Since the treats were perishable, there was a sharp increase in loss due to spoilage because of the slow down.  Also, her time commitments changed and she found it challenging to fit in the baking time the business required.

She still wanted to have a business and enjoyed making her own money.  After a bit more brainstorming, she decided to create hair clips instead.  This business has been going well for three years. After each major sales campaign, she calculates which styles sold best and which weren’t very popular.  In this way, she has grown her little business and manages to stay afloat instead of continuing to produce items that aren’t likely to sell. Monitoring progress and trends is an important business habit to develop.

 

Has your child started a business?  What has he learned from the experience?

 

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Meet Our Presenters: Mary’s Meals

Do you want to save the world? Feeling like there is too much to be done and you are too small to make a difference?

 

If you can’t feed a hundred people, just feed one

Mother Teresa

That is the quote and simple premise that inspired a huge charity making immense strides in the battle against poverty and starvation.

Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow began Mary’s Meals with the dream of giving just one child a good meal once a day at a school. His charity now feeds 1,257,278 children around the world every single day.

More than just a small hand out, the meals provided are packed with the nutrition that they hungriest children desperately need. Moreover, with food being provided at school, these children are receiving a life changing education with a side of life saving nourishment.

Food + School = HOPE

Inspired by his deep faith and full of young zeal, Magnus and his brother began collecting donations in the mid-1980’s to aid those suffering from the Bosnian War. What started as a summer project, soon grew into a full time career and a large charity named SRI.

When the war ended, Magnus looked for where he could help next. This led him to Malawi in 2002 where a great famine raged. There, Magnus met Edward who shared his biggest hope with Magnus.

“I want to have enough food to eat and to go to school one day.”

That was the birth of Magnus’ lifelong mission. That year, Mary’s Meals fed 200 children in Malawi. The Mary’s Meals program now operates in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and South America, as well as running a home for young people with HIV in Romania who were abandoned as children.

The beauty of this simple idea goes beyond the meal at school, though. Ingredients are sourced locally, contributing to the local economy. Local volunteers and employees are used to cook, serve, and guard the meals, creating an empowerment unlike traditional food drop programs.

 

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The most spectacular feature of Mary’s Meals, though, is the cost. Each meal costs only 10 cents, meaning a child can receive an entire year’s worth of meals for only $19.50! In an effort to feed as many children as possible, at least 93% of all donations go directly toward the providing of meals, not organization overhead.

We are grateful to have Mary’s Meals International as a returning presenter, and inspired by the work it does to provide continued access to education.

Do you know a charity breaking down barriers to education? We would love to know more about it.

Global Learn Day 2018 is just four months away. Are you ready? We are working hard to make this the best Global Learn Day, ever, but we need your help!

We are still seeking presenters and partners, but also participants like you who are our greatest asset.

If you would like to learn more about becoming a part of the Global Learn Day team, please check out our Partners and Presenters page or drop a comment below! We will be sure to get in touch with you, soon.

How to get involved with Global Learn Day 2018

How can you unite the world through education?

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Education will unite the world

How Education Will Unite The World–Part II

As a`method of preservation, humans have a natural trepidation or down right fear of the unknown. We seek to stick with what is easy, familiar, and safe. Stepping beyond the confines of our tiny sphere of familiarity takes initiative, determination, and gumption.

 

 

Jumping out of a plane only takes one step, but it is an insurmountable step for most. The leap, the fear, the rush of adrenaline, then the freedom of flying. Soaring peacefully above the earth, experiencing a one of a kind feeling of release.

 

The same can be said of taking a leap into another culture, language, or society. There is uneasiness and the fight against a will that would rather stand back, retreat and hide in the comfort of home. Then in a sudden leap of determination, all holds are thrown off and the explorer plunges into the unforeseen depths of a new life.

 

Exhale and drift, there is new freedom in the gentle decent.

 

Education Opens Doors

 

Education cannot take the leap for you, however through learning doors are open. Learning a new language leaves the fledgling polyglot changed forever. He not only can now speak to an entire segment of the world’s population that where closed off from him before; the nuances of culture, history, and lifestyle are revealed as he lives the language.

How Education Will Unite The World

 

However, language is not the only learning that opens doors.Coding opens the door of technology. Literary analysis opens the doors of literature and language. Science opens the door to the natural world. Handwriting opens the door to records for the future and communication in the present.

 

Commitment to lifelong learning, swings wide door after door, making the learner not just a more capable person, but a citizen of ever increasing spheres of influence and change.

 

Education Breaks Down Walls

Winding between two neighborhoods in Belfast and other Northern Ireland cities are peace lines. Up to 25 feet tall in spots, these “lines” are actually looming walls. Separating communities of people that over generations have maintained separate lives, despite their similarities.

 

The Peace Lines prevent “trouble.” They signify at clear indicator of where to stay to avoid the menacing other side. Within the walls there is safety to go about everyday life. But what is it about the stone houses on the other side of the wall that makes their inhabitants so terrifying?

Over 400 years of occupation and resistance has left it scars on the beautiful island. The inhabitants, generations upon generations away from the original conflict, have a deep seated fear and anger toward each other, yet they have more in common with every passing year!

Education is the inroad that can bring these groups together. Whether the political standings ever change, the next generation can be raised knowing more about the other side and fostered in a spirit of cooperation and peace.

Building Bridges

It is not just physical walls that education can topple. There are numerous divisions of class, race, ability, geography, religion, and ideology that with enlightenment can be leveled. The world is shrinking before our eyes, intercontinental connections have never been so readily available, and the reach of communication technology is growing every day.

 

Learning about history, culture, language, and leadership have never been more vital. Our technological age points us to a future that is more than we could have imagined even 10 years ago. However, we must also look back. We must learn our past to effectively live our future as one planet, one people.

Projects like Global Learn Day open the door, knock down the wall, and build the bridge so that we may all learn from each other. As we learn, our differences decrease and our interconnectedness solidifies.

Would you like to teach the world and be a part of uniting the world through education? Please join our voyage today! We are seeking partners, presenters, and participants for our next grand voyage across the globe on an expedition of education and unity!

Will you join us on our mission?

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