Developing international global citizens

We asked Tim Douglas, our Business Development Manager, 5 questions about our Global Awareness Programme which aims to develop international mindedness and responsible global citizens.

1. What is the Global Awareness programme?

Our Global Awareness Programme is an educational course delivered in class and in Africa.

2. What is unique about our Global Awareness Programme?

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Our permanent bases across Sub-Saharan Africa, which have been operating for over 15 years, offer us an opportunity to connect students with these bases. Here they can get involved with real world scenarios, such as climate change, gender equality and sustainability and work on a specific project which offers them tangible and authentic learning experiences. Students connect directly with our bases, via live interactive calls.

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3. Why did we develop this programme?

As the world has shown us in recent years, we face global challenges, for which we need global solutions and active global citizens. We wanted to design a programme which connects students to some of these challenges, which we see daily, with value and purpose. This programme is about students’ critical thinking, understanding global issues, problem solving, inquiring, communicating, and dealing with real-world scenarios

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4. Which curriculums does it support?

The program complements the CAS element of the IB DP and supports enrichment programmes for 16+.

5. Can you give us an overview of the curriculum?

The first part of the programme is based around students developing their understanding of the following topics:

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  • Overview of the UN Sustainable Development goals
  • What is Sustainable Development?
  • The Impact of Climate change on wildlife at our conservation research base in South Africa.
  • The Impact of coral bleaching on the livelihoods of the communities in Zanzibar who rely on the ocean for food and employment.
  • 16.7 million girls are out of Primary school across Sub-Saharan Africa. What role can schoolboys play in positively impacting this?

6. How did the Cape Town community avoid running out of water in 2018?

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The second element of the programme is the interactive phase where students are given a specific issue to address and work through.  In the final stage students will self-reflect before presenting their team’s impact and learning to peers and staff, giving them the ability to take ownership of the programme as it evolves.

7. How can schools get involved?

Schools can get involved in 2 ways. Firstly, our In-Class programme, which is delivered online and in the classroom. We want to make this accessible for as many students as possible, so it is priced from $500 per school.

Secondly our Travel Programme which follows the in-class programme, but includes an experiential journey to Sub-Saharan Africa, where students visit the communities, they been supporting pre-departure. We aim to combine extraordinary experiences with genuine impacts. African Impact are an educational travel company which runs ethical and sustainable projects across Sub-Saharan Africa.

Our projects, which are run full time and year- round, are developed alongside local communities to ensure the work we do is ethical, responsible, and relevant to the needs of these communities. Our teams live and work alongside these communities, which allows us to offer sustainable and transformative experiences that provide real value where it is most needed. We live and breathe in Africa every day.

We know our communities, our families, our tribes, and our staff. We have built every project hand-in-hand with them, meaning it is led and directed by them.

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