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Global Learning at early years through another’s lens
12 October 2018
Xun, co-founder at GrowAlong Education, blogs about their work in promoting Global Citizenship at early years through developing international friendships between UK and Chinese children.
For more information, visit www.grow-along.com to learn about their unique approach to nurturing global citizens for children across the UK and China.
Children form ideas about who they are and how they fit into the world around them early on. As noted by a report from the Institute of Education, children begin to develop prejudices at an early age, but also that they start to understand concepts such as fairness, empathy and justice early on. At an early age, it is the family and immediate environment that shapes a child’s initial perception.
Here at GrowAlong, we introduce children to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through a series of age-appropriate learning activities that encourage them to explore and build their own understanding on issues surrounding each of the SDGs before exchanging ideas with their overseas friends.
We focus the programme on the principle of family-centred education with the purpose of allowing parents to be engaged with their child’s development. While parents take the lead in guiding their children around home-based activities to explore complex global issues, it is indeed children that has shown to be a catalyst for enhanced sustainability behaviours within the households in our programme.
Each pair of families is assigned a dedicated bilingual educator to facilitate interactions with the goal of building a lifelong friendship. As they interact, we foster global competence in children by encouraging them to be unafraid to voice their viewpoints, develop arguments, appreciate each other’s perspectives and engage in open interactions to act for a collective well-being.
让我们携手共建可持续发展的未来. Hand in hand, we will build a sustainable future.