Developing a Global Perspective for Educators

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Environmental Education

Canadian Council for Geographic Education (CCGE) provides lesson plans and classroom activities on a range of themes including, international development, natural resources and endangered species. Activities are available for all grades and are updated annually. Clear links to provincial curriculum documents are highlight on each lesson plan.
EarthCARE is a program that works with school boards to conserve energy and water, and reduce waste. EarthCARE’s projects focus on the environmental benefits of conservation and waste reduction as well as the financial incentives. The projects are designed to engage both students and staff.
EcoKids is a free, environmental education program that offers curriculum-linked materials and activities for Canadian elementary schools to engage in environmental action. Their website offers curriculum-tailored lesson plans (also teacher-reviewed lessons specifically tailored for ESL students), printable activities, handouts and calendars, environmental literacy resources, and national contest.
Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication (EECOM) works with a range of organizations from various sectors to strengthen environmental learning in Canada. EECOM’s central projects are an annual conference on environmental education and an awards program to celebrate leaders in environmental education.
Evergreen is an organization focused on using urban spaces as the site for nature education. One of their main initiatives is helping schools transform asphalt school grounds into green space. The site also provides a number of resources for educators on environmental education in urban settings.
Global, Environmental, & Outdoor Education Council (GEOEC) is an Alberta based group dedicated to promoting teacher development in the area of global education. Their website has free lesson plans for grades 1 to 9 that focus on human impact on natural systems.
Green Kids is a unique organization that educates elementary and intermediate students on environmental issues through theatre. Green Kids is based in Winnipeg but their performances periodically go on tour outside of Manitoba. The website has resource kits designed to accompany each performance however, these kits have activities that can be used in any classroom. Copies of their performance scripts are also available on the website.
Green Learning was developed by the Pembina Foundation to provide teachers with free curriculum-aligned resources. The lessons are learner-centred and take a holistic approach to energy and environmental issues.
Green Teacher is an Ontario-based organization that develops educational resources addressing local and global environmental issues. Green Teacher has a magazine that is published quarterly as well as a number of books available with 100s of activities for both inside and outside of the classroom.
Learning for a Sustainable Future (LSF) is a non-profit organization developed by a group of educators, youth, community members and business leaders dedicated to promoting sustainable development through education. Beyond providing an extensive bank of units and lesson plans for teachers. LSF also has a number of ongoing curriculum review initiatives.
Nature Challenge for Kids was developed by the David Suzuki Foundation to motivate young students to think about how their daily choices can impact the environment. The website clearly lists 10 changes students can make in their daily lives and challenges them to take action.
Ontario EcoSchools is a project designed to promote environmental responsibility in Ontario schools. Units developed for elementary and secondary teachers that align student learning and improved school operation are available on the website. The four main themes central to the project are: waste reduction, energy conservation, school ground greening, and ecological literacy.
Resources for Rethinking is a project developed by Learning for a Sustainable Future (LSF). It provides teachers access to lesson plans, worksheets and other teaching resources that integrate environmental, social and economic spheres through learning that is interdisciplinary and action oriented. We call this learning Education for Sustainable Development or ESD. Each resource has been reviewed by an experienced classroom teacher and matched to relevant curriculum outcomes for all provinces and territories in Canada.
The third week of October is Waste Reduction Week in Canada. This website has been designed in conjunction with this event to provide resources for schools and institutions that support them in their efforts to reduce waste. The school resource kit includes information on how to conduct a school waste audit, how to start a recycling program and how to calculate your ecological footprint.
Zerofootprint KidsCalculator is a site that allows students to measure the impact they have on the earth. The site enables elementary students to calculate their own ecological footprint and explains the calculation in age appropriate terms.


Human Rights

In addition to providing detailed information on a wide range of human rights issues, Amnesty International Canada also offers a classroom resource kit for teachers. The kit has information on key human rights documents and a number of lesson ideas for the classroom.
Canadian Organization for Development through Education (CODE) is a Canadian charitable organization that has been promoting education and literacy in the developing world for more than 40 years. The organization has developed several hands-on global education project for schools and community groups.
Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO) links to resources and initiatives related to equity and social justice. Under Publications on the Home page, see also the position paper on Equity in the Classroom.
Originating in Europe, Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) has a comprehensive collection of global documents in many languages available in the Resource Centre Library. On-line courses and tutorials are planned for late 2002 – 2003 located in the Learning Centre.
Human Rights Resource Center at the University of Minnesota has created training material for workshops in the community. Many of the activities can be adapted for a secondary school classroom. Also, on this website there is a link to the registration page of This is My Home, a project dedicated to teaching young children and youth about human rights.
I believe! in respect. website was developed to create awareness about the benefits of religious diversity in our communities. Everyone can contribute to creating an inclusive and respectful society. Sponsored by The Society for Safe and Caring Schools and Communities, the Edmonton Branch of the United Nations Association in Canada, the Edmonton Interfaith Centre for Education and Action.
In keeping with its responsibility to promote understanding and awareness of and compliance with the Human Rights Code, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has an important mandate to conduct public education throughout the province. The Commission’s web site provides the public with access to a wide array of information and educational resources including: an overview of the Human Rights Code and the Commission’s mission; description of the complaint process; policies, plain language guides, public inquiry reports and Commission submissions; public education resources as well as news releases. The web site is compatible with international accessibility standards for persons with disabilities and the documents are posted in both English and French in accordance with Ontario’s French Language Services Act.
Partners in Human Rights Education was developed by the University of Minnesota Human Rights Center. One of the central goals of the organization is to support educators in teaching about human rights and foster active citizens. They have designed several lesson plans, which are available on the website.
United Nations Association in Canada (UNAC) has developed comprehensive teaching kits on UN peacekeeping, disarmament and refugees that can be download from this website. The site also has information on the work of the UN and a range of global issues.
UNICEF’s site for educators provides a number of classroom activities as well as a list of educational videos on a range of global issues. Another resource found on this website is a table summarizing the specific curriculum expectations for each grade and subject that provide teachers with the opportunity to teach global issues in their classroom.


International Development

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Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) is Canada’s lead agency for development assistance. CIDA’s aim is to manage Canada’s support and resources effectively and accountably to achieve meaningful, sustainable results and engage in policy development in Canada and internationally, enabling Canada’s effort to realize its development objectives.
CHF is a non-governmental organization dedicated to building sustainable livelihoods in rural areas of developing countries. In addition to their overseas projects CHF has an extensive global education program to educate Canadian youth about rural poverty. The resources available include free lesson plans with curriculum links and educational videos. CHF also provides presentations for all grade levels. A global educator can be requested to deliver a presentation for a classroom or an entire school on one of three countries Ghana, Vietnam or Zimbabwe.
Development and Peace educates Canadians on international issues through national education campaigns. The organization also works in partnership with grassroots organizations and social movements in the Global South to find solutions to injustice and poverty, supporting local initiatives in agriculture, education, community action, peace and human rights. As part of their education campaign, the website provides educational resources (action sheets, posters and others), Youtube video channel as well as Youth blog.
Oxfam has lesson plans, educational games and PowerPoint presentations available on their website. The PowerPoint presentations are ready-to-deliver and have been designed specifically for teachers to use them in their classrooms. The central topic throughout their resources is international trade and its impacts on developing countries.
Ryan’s Well Foundation raises funds and awareness of water issues in Africa. Kemptville’s Ryan Hreljac became an activist when he was 6 years old. Their projects in school focus on the complexities associated with the rural poor in Africa gaining access to potable water.
TakingITGlobal (TIG) is an international organization, based in Toronto, led by youth, empowered by technology. TIG brings together young people in more than 200 countries within international internet networks to collaborate on concrete projects addressing global problems. Their website also has free resources available for teachers.
Unitarian Service Committee of Canada (USC) is a Canadian-based non-governmental organization involved in a variety of development projects in Asia, Africa and Latin America. To support educators in Canada they have createded two resource kits, Behind the Pandemic and Climate Change. Both kits, which include lesson plans and activity ideas, are available for free from their website. USC guiding principles of rights, resilience and respect are central themes in both kits.
World Vision is known for their fund-raising for Agriculture, health, and education using child-sponsorship around the world. This site displays other work of World Vision in Canada. Also, includes lesson ideas directly linked to the Ontario curriculum.


Peace and Justice

Cultivating Peace began in Ontario to support education for positive social change. The website has a large number of free classroom-ready resources. The resources address a wide range of topics but all have the underlying theme of promoting a culture of peace locally and globally.
Educating for Peace’s resource guides directs teachers and students to tested, classroom-ready resources that expand the concept of peace and show how classroom practices and activities can contribute to peacemaking. Categories include Conflict Resolution, Rights and Responsibilities, World Issues-World Conflict, as well as Special Days, Stories, Music, Games and background for teachers and parents. Entries are annotated and listed according to school level, with suppliers and current prices where available. This is the sixth edition of the Resource Guide which has been used in schools across Canada since 1983.
Mines Action Canada site offers activities and resources for students to use in the campaign against landmines. Older students who are interested, can become a trained Youth Ambassador. Schools can access these activists in their communities.
The main objective of Teaching Tolerance’s educational resources is to promote a respect for diversity and an appreciation for differences. The organization has a quarterly magazine for educators as well as kits and handbooks to help teach tolerance to different age groups.
WarChild Canada has developed an extensive online Educators’ Centre to support teachers in their efforts to foster global citizens. Their lesson plans focus on the effects war has on children and youth. The Educators’ Centre also provides information and links to help teachers gain a deeper understanding of the issues addressed in their lesson plans.


Cross Thematic

Canadian Global Campaign for Education (CGCE) is dedicated to enhancing Canadaî–¸ efforts to achieving the Education for All goals. CGCE is a coalition of civil society organizations from across the country and a member of the Global Campaign for Education. Through research, curriculum activities, videos, blog updates and other social networking tools, this site provides a forum for educators and young adults to learn about and discuss the challenges facing the Education for All goals and the achievement made to date.
The Global Education website is funded by AusAID, the Australian international aid agency. The website addresses over twenty global issues including desertification, gender, urbanisation, water and food security. For each issue the website provides facts and background information, teaching activities, a glossary of terms and additional links.
Historica is a program that was established to support Canadian history education. The website has a database of lesson plans developed by teachers. In addition the website provides a wealth of information on a wide range of historical events. Another feature of the program is a number of professional development initiatives provided for teachers.