How do we teach our children to be compassionate and create a world they want to live in? By teaching global citizenship. Elena Sonnino, mother, blogger, former educator, and social good champion, encouraged tweens to use their voices to be global citizens and champion social good through her Moms+Tweens+Social Good event recently held in Washington, D.C. While the event created conversation about topics like what it means to be a change agent, ways to use your voice for good, advocating for a cause, and how to find causes or campaigns that match your passion, it also conveyed the message that everyone can be a change agent. Attendees left inspired after hearing from tweens who had created change in their own communities and been part of fundraising teams to raise money for causes they were passionate about.
Along with some inspirational quotes from the day, here are seven helpful resources for teaching global citizenship to kids.
7 Resources for Teaching Global Citizenship to Kids 1 of 8
Club Penguin’s Coins for Change 2 of 8
Club Penguin members who spend time earning coins for game play have the opportunity to donate their virtual coins to any of the three causes they care the most about through the annual Coins for Change event. Kids not only choose the cause, but how many coins they want to donate. Since 2007, Club Penguin has donated $8.5 million dollars towards medical care, environmental causes, and building safe places for kids around the world.
Image courtesy of Disney Interactive
United Nations Cyber School Bus 3 of 8
Being a global citizen starts with understanding the world around you but you don't need to travel in order to do so. Instead, take a virtual field trip on the United Nations Cyber School Bus to get an introduction to the United Nations, learn about topics like peace, poverty, human rights, world hunger, and ethnic and racial discrimination. There are also interactive games that are designed to increase knowledge about refugee situations and simulate response to different types of disasters like earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, and floods.
Image courtesy of United Nations Cyber School Bus
The Revolutionary Optimists 4 of 8
Global citizenship and social good efforts aren't ones that require years of experience of living in the world we inhabit. The documentary, The Revolutionary Optimists draws viewers into the world of two 11-year olds living in Calcutta, India who lack access to clean drinking water, a girl forced to labor inside a brick kiln, and a teenage dancer on the precipice of choosing child marriage to escape from her abusive family. The film follows Amlan Ganguly, a lawyer turned change-agent, and 4 children from Calcutta's poorest slums on a journey through their adolescence as they build a better future for themselves and their community, challenging the notion that marginalization is written into their destiny. This inspiring story that demonstrates that change comes from within even at the youngest ages.
KidVuz.com 5 of 8
The voice of children is incredibly powerful and often has more power than an adult's. Give kids an opportunity to hone their voices and get comfortable speaking in front of others by practicing on KidVuz.com where kids ages 7-12 can create and upload videos in a safe way to share their opinions with a community of users their own age. It's a great place to share your cause and motivate others to become global citizens and champions of social good.
Shot@Life 6 of 8
In the United States we're lucky to have access to life-saving immunizations that prevent diseases such as pneumonia, diarrhea, measles, and polio but 1.5 million children die each year because they don't have access to vaccines like we do. Shot at Life believes that every child deserves a shot at a healthy life, no matter where they live. For these children, access to vaccines can mean the difference between life and death, a healthy life or a lifetime of struggle. Learn more about Shot at Life, get involved, and stand up for childhood.
Image courtesy of Shot@Life
GirlUp.org 7 of 8
Becoming a change agent begins within and Girl Up gives empowers girls to band together to become global leaders and channel their energy and compassion to raise awareness and funds for United Nations programs that are designed for adolescent girls around the world. Girl Up advocates education, reducing poverty, safety, and health for girls, by girls to give every girl around the world a fair chance. But don't worry boys! You can participate in this powerful movement too!
Image courtesy of Girl Up
Grow Global Citizens 8 of 8
Moms+Tweens+Social Good event organizer, Elena Sonnino is a believer in creating capacity and developing sustainability. Her Grow Global Citizens Facebook page is a fabulous resource for parents that provides links to thought provoking articles and inspiring quotes.
Image courtesy of Elena Sonnino of LDG Media
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