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Global Education - Who or what has inspired you?

My passion for global education and my love for Africa started when I was so fortunate as to meet Dr. Jane Goodall several years ago. While Dr. Jane is best known for her work with the chimpanzees in Gombe, Tanzania in Africa over forty years ago, she is also well-known in many other ways. One of the most important honors that has been bestowed on Dr. Jane (of many such honors) is that as a United Nations' Messenger of Peace. Dr. Jane travels over 300 days a year, and her passions for the environment, animals, the human community, and peace are the forces that drive her. Dr. Jane believes that it is the youth of today who will make a real difference in tomorrow's world. With that in mind, she created Roots & Shoots, which is her educational outreach for youth (and adults as well). Dr. Jane believes that we can all make a difference in this world. She also believes that KNOWLEDGE (of other cultures, problems, etc.) will lead to COMPASSION and understanding, which will then lead to ACTION to help with the problems of which we are aware. So, Dr. Jane and her work and her staff have inspired me over the past several years as I am fortuante enough to continue working with her. You may read more about her at the URL's below: That is what has inspired me. Who or what has inspired you? J.

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Comment by Diane Midness on July 31, 2007 at 10:57am
I got started in global education in late 1980's. A student doing community service was helping me install the first modem in our high school library. It was 300 or 1200 baud on an Apple 2E computer! He told me there was more than information on the Internet (which was text based then). He said I should get to know the people. I followed his advice and began working with classrooms in Russia, Ukraine, and Israel. I have been so fortunate to travel around the world meeting with colleagues. I still get excited as I ever did when I make a new friend online.

iEARN is celebrating its 20th anniversary next year. (I have only been working with them since 1998.) At our recent international conference we did video interviews of teachers, students, and former students. It was so thrilling to hear how lifes and goals have changed for so many when they really got connected with others around the world.

Comment by Lucy Gray on July 24, 2007 at 8:05am
My interest in global education began with a course I took as a supplement to my student teaching. I participated in the now defunct Associated Colleges of the Midwest's Urban Education Program where I lived in Chicago for a semester. At the end of this program, we took an optional course called Dimensions in Multiculture. The approach of the UEP program in general was to open eyes of student teachers to the world, and Chicago was the perfect place to do this. I had been such a sheltered suburban kid, and I learned so much. Over the years, I don't think I've practiced good global education habits, for lack of a better term, and I'm really hoping to change that by collaborating with other teachers here.

I'm sure there are other people that inspire me, but I am going to have to think about this. I'm very interested in the work of Bono and the One organization. I also love the stuff that goes on at this conference:

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