About Global Learning
Afterschool and expanded learning programs are powerful resources for global learning, and afterschool professionals bring a wealth of experience in developing understanding and appreciation of diverse people and cultures. Global learning is most effective when it builds on the connections in our communities and to the world around us. Global learning exposes young people to the cultures in their communities and requires an intentional approach to expanding horizons for youth, so as to increase the critical global knowledge and skills required for future success.
It is important for afterschool and expanded learning programs to incorporate global learning into their programing because it can:
- Expose young people to in-depth content about global issues as well as cultures, countries and languages.
- Enable social and emotional development critical to cross-cultural understanding, communication and collaboration.
- Provide youth with opportunities to develop and use media literacy and technology skills to conduct research on global topics and communicate effectively with peers around the world.
- Develop leadership and civic participation by empowering young people to take action on issues of both local and global relevance.
- Engage youth in learning about international possibilities they can pursue in college and their future careers
Strategies to Support Global Learning
- Get started by examining your program’s mission, goals, activities and determining ways to take it global.
- Plan for global learning through staff development, new partnerships and evaluation strategies.
- Transform learning to incorporate global content and experiences across a wide range of subjects and activities.
- Build on the experiences of youth, families and communities to help young people understand new cultures, view the world from multiple perspectives and develop cross-cultural communication skills.