PenPal Schools Global Ambassadors are leaders in global education!
Cresta Barash, Saudi Arabia
Our 21st Century Learners have the opportunity to access information online, network with people around the world and share their learning outside the classroom. I love how my students get to connect with students from other parts of the world and expand their ideas. Being global is like giving each child a telescope where they can extend their point of view more than what their eyes can see.
Hadas Eliyahu, Israel
In my opinion global education is the best authentic way experiencing a language. It gives my students the opportunity to really use the language as a means of communication. In addition, they are exposed to students from different cultures, realizing that, although there are differences, we all have so much in common.
Shafaq Imran, Pakistan
Learning has never been so much fun! PenPal Schools provides a new dimension to education where my students learn content while practicing essential skills of communication and collaboration in a global context.
Aneela Junaid, Pakistan
I am working to transform traditional education into the 21st century education. We are using the pedagogy of project-based learning to deliver our set curriculum. Without global education, it is impossible to get the real essence of project-based learning.
Georgette Keolanui-Wilson, Japan
I strongly believe that teaching my students about cultural respect, appreciation for diversity, and celebration of each person's uniqueness is essential to building empathetic individuals who are aware and engaged in the world around them. Furthermore, I want my students to be leaders in their community and have pride in their ability to use English as a way of communication.
Safar Khan, India
Education, especially after this Covid 19 thing, is not going to be the same. Schools will have to adapt to many changes, including online education. Kids learn from their peers, teachers, themselves and their surroundings. If you allow them the opportunity to work with the global community, they can surprise themselves.
Kirti Lohani, India
Teaching is my passion and my profession of an educator gives me a lot of scopes to work for it. Global education is all about sharing and learning from each other. This aspect of global education encouraged me to be connected with like-minded people and share our learnings. This connection helps learn, unlearn, and relearn, which is very important for personal and professional growth. As an educator, my main goal is to provide my students with the best possible learning experiences, and by connecting with global educators, I get to learn and experiment with new approaches, technology, and tools. It increases the scope of my teaching and eventually enhances the learning experience of my students.
Dave Marker, Thailand
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Because we all are essentially the same, we need to connect on a global scale to progress and learn together.
Alexander Martin-Pitt, Thailand
I believe global collaboration via technology is the future of education.
Elyana Munier Zawaideh, Jordan
I am an IB educator, and IB education is an international program aiming to create global citizens who are engaged in the world, understand it, and provide solutions to solve its issues. In order to achieve that, our students cannot be taught only between the walls of the classrooms--they need to explore all options that would provide this broader perspective, the knowledge and the understanding of the issues happening around them, and analyze how they were solved in order to guide them in creating a better community for themselves and their country's citizens.
Maggie Muuk, Malaysia
This "global" thing is not in our syllabus. As an educator, I think it's my role to expose my students to the outside world. Our school is exam oriented, so I need to teach my students to learn how to answer. But, if I were to prepare them to become global citizens, they are aware of their surroundings and what is going on.
Naima Nisa, Pakistan
I am passionate about global education because it is unique and innovative and provides the best source to explore new projects and topics. I daily use PenPal School's website and always encourage my students to study here. My students are always enthusiastic and spread the word to their community. Students as well as I feel good to know about point of views of people around the world.
Anna Nosoreva, Russia
I think that PenPal Schools helps to show students how they can use language. They don't just read books, translate texts, or do some writing, they can use language to share with other people and use the information to learn something new. It broadens their minds. They know they don't just live in a small city, they can go anywhere and speak to everyone.
Fatima Parvez, Pakistan
It helps me, my students and the parent community to grow mentally! Embracing cultural differences and opinions fosters open-mindedness and helps one grow a lot. I have thoroughly enjoyed all the projects I undertook here, and the best part was the joy and curiosity amongst students for receiving recognition of their work, constant feedback and sharing of ideas with students from around the globe. It's a great platform for everyone who seeks change and innovation in learning!
Aprajita Ralli, India
I am a global citizen. I know I belong to a particular country, but I feel for the global community. My students are netizens and we must keep that in mind. To keep with up with the changing times we need to keep abreast. If I am not there, how do I take my students with me? My global journey enables me to leverage knowledge to my students which is not from a skewed vision. I am an enabler, therefore, for students' voice and choice.
Khassiyat Saidiganiyeva, Kazakhstan
I am teaching today's children to lead tomorrow's world.
Jahnavi Sampat Sanghavi, India
Learning is a continuous journey of discovering new information and experiences which lead to the growth of an individual. Global education equips an individual to understand global problems, be receptive of different cultures and respect communities around the world thereby making him/her a responsible global citizen. PenPal Schools projects provide my students opportunities to interact with students around the world and learn from them. They have made my students learn how to exchange ideas, share opinions and views and be responsible for their own learning by maintain appropriate conduct online.
Jalpa Sheth, India
I believe learning as an educator is an endless journey of discovery, failure, sharing, and growth, and learning from that failure is imperative. Getting involved in global education explicitly benefits our understanding of having common experiences and learning together.
Susan Tang, Taiwan
My students always ask me, "Why do we need to study English? We don't use it in our daily lives." As a language teacher, I need to give my students a reason to learn, to speak, to explore the world. Our school vision has been set this year, and cross cultural awareness is one of the key competencies we need our students to have. Taiwan is special because of its political situation, and as we are losing competitiveness, we open a door for our students through implementing global education. They will learn to know their national identity, learn to respect each other, and learn to share.
Nam Ngo Thanh, Vietnam
Global learning helps create opportunities to help teachers and students break the range of the four walls in traditional classrooms. We live in a flat world - where there are no limits to learning. Therefore, students also need to be involved in this trend globally. Global learning not only provides students with rich knowledge and shapes the skills of a global citizen.
Hsin Chun Yang, Taiwan
Global education is actually the lesson about life. We are connected with every issue happening on the world. However, most of us are unaware of the big picture, but only focus on the small things around our life. The more small things about oneself one considers, the more selfish he or she my become. I don't want my students to be as selfish and self-centered as some adults, so I've often shared global news or international issues with them, hoping that they can get used to doing critical thinking, and become more caring to people.
Juliette Zaiser, Japan
Students in the IB Primary Years Program strive to be Balanced, Principled, Caring, Open-Minded, Knowledgeable, and Reflective Inquirers, Thinkers, Communicators, and Risk-Takers. I believe that a global education is the most direct way students can achieve these qualities of the Learner Profile.
Anne A. Aseey, Kenya
In line with the national goals of education in Kenya, like to "promote social, economic, technological, and industrial needs for national development" and to promote positive attitudes toward good health and environmental protection, the school-going children in Kenya need to work alongside other education partners and teammates to realize these ambitious goals.
Kwadwo Awuah, Ghana
Global education helps my students and I learn new things.
Jenny Ayala, Somaliland
We live in a world where people can communicate with each other from across the globe in a matter of seconds, and it is essential that our students - our future leaders - know how to interact with people that may look differently, think differently, or act differently from them. My greatest hope is that my students will learn to not focus so much on these differences, but on their commonalities instead, and that they will strive to share ideas, learn from, and work with their global peers towards common goals that have an impact.
Gloria Ayogu, Nigeria
Global education helps me to learn and see the world through others. PenPal Schools has helped my students connect easily with other students across the world. It ignites their curiosity to find out more about the world outside of what they know.
John Ayree, Ghana
I'm passionate about global education because it allows me to reach out with others and help them.
Dalamane Coulibaly, Mali
I think global education is a best way of learning. We learn from each other and share ideas, cultures and many other things.
Salma El-Hoshee, Egypt
International mindedness is one vital feature of the IB system of education. It ensures that students are aware of the global problems we are facing on planet Earth and hence, are concerned about finding solutions to these problems. Also, they get exposed to other cultures so as to develop their intercultural understanding. Meanwhile, they learn about other languages and build on their multilingualism in pursuit in understanding and accepting all people.
As an IB educator who would like the world to be a better place, I am so passionate about global education and can see its massive impact on our youngsters.
Renata Klauz, Gabon
In our school, students are engaged in learning through IB education which provides the perfect environment for global studies. My Primary students research, collaborate with each other, gain confidence via the presentation of their work to showcase their knowledge and understanding, reflect on their learning to make connections between different areas of their studies, and take action to make a positive impact on their environment. PenPal Schools projects fit their needs to extend their knowledge and understanding through an authentic, real-life platform where they can explore new ideas and perspectives of students from around the world.
Rhoda Mutende, Kenya
I am passionate about education and believe that it will break down all barriers. Here in Kenya, getting access to internet has proven to be very difficult, especially for the pupils learning in village schools who have no connection to the outside world. To ensure that they get to experience the joy and enlightenment of communicating with international friends (pen pals) and get to know about their culture, I bring these pupils to my home so that they can use the internet there, instead of paying exorbitant prices at public cyber cafés
Harriet Mukajambo, Uganda
Global education is the essential tool in ensuring quality education as we move towards vision 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Brahim Olasri, Morocco
Speaking of global education, English teachers should, in my opinion, take part in any global opportunity where learning takes place, for the ultimate results are of great significance for professional development.
Liz Bailey, New Zealand
I have taught in America (Florida) and now in New Zealand. I love for my students to connect and learn more about the world through each other while promoting technology and digital citizenship.
Asta Augustinaviciene, Lithuania
I am really interested in global education. I like traveling a lot. I am an active participant of international projects. I want my students to have this passion to explore other cultures, to find our differences and most importantly- similarities. Teenagers are the same in different countries. They love the same things, they have the same worries. I want them to understand that.
Mehlika Bilgic, Turkey
I'm passionate about global education because I want my students to learn English properly and I want them enjoy while learning it. I want them to taste enjoyable parts of the language learning. I am both a teacher and a freelance learner. I want my students to see the world -like me- from a different perspective, learn and respect other cultures.
Katherine Cummins, England
I believe that we all have a responsibility towards others, whether people who live down the road from us or people who live hundreds of miles away. I am using PenPal Schools with my 11 year olds and am enjoying their reactions as they realise how other people live, and how similar we are all despite the many real differences which divide us.
Henar del Gallo Muñoz, Spain
I think global education is the only way of making our students understand the real need of learning a language.
Slobodanka Desancic, Bosnia and Herzegovina
I belong to a generation of students from former Yugoslavia whose education was affected with the civil war in that country. My generation was deprived of many opportunities in the education, which is why I am so passionate about education. I have managed to develop something that is called learner's autonomy and continue with my education throughout my life. I see education as an asset, as something that is changing your world on a daily basis, and I am trying to make my students see that. :)
Hanna Dudich, Ukraine
I have been passionate about global learning since the time when I was an exchange student in the USA. Later, after becoming a teacher, I tried to connect my students with the world as much as possible. The students learn to respect other ideas, beliefs and traditions. I strongly believe that tolerance to diversity is very important in our modern world. Together we can sort out the most difficult problems. Nowadays the situation in the Eastern part of my country is rather worrying, the military conflict is going on there. There are some dangerous spots of conflict in other parts of the world, too. I'm sure, that if we teach children to respect global values, the world will be a much safer and better place.
Anisa Fejzo, Albania
What our students need right now is what PenPal Schools offers - a real and special global connection. They should know what is going on around the world. That's how they'll explore it.
Agnieszka Felczak, Spain
Global education is a way of preparing my students to live in our globalised world. It places emphasis on real communication and cultural exchange of students throughout the globe, highlighting such issues as social justice, equality, sustainability and diversity. It is a marvelous way of encouraging students to work collaboratively, introducing knowledge and experiences from different disciplines and backgrounds - and all this in a digital context.
Alberto A. Jiménez Hidalgo, Spain
As a person who's lived, learned, and taught in several countries, I'm fully aware of the extent the world is connected globally today. This is not the case with most of my students. That's why I love PenPal Schools and the way it opens up a universe of knowledge to my students. It's funny to see students realize they have more things in common with someone from across the ocean than they ever thought.
Alexandra Johansson, Sweden
I teach English at a secondary school in Sweden and therefore I think it is important that we focus on the entire world and not just one place.
Julia Kanazireva, Bulgaria
I am passionate about global education because the main aim in anybody's life to be a better person, and only by communicating with other people you can do that.
Gyöngyi Kiss, Hungary
We live in small villages and it is not easy to make my students feel the importance of knowing a foreign language. I try to invite exchange students or some of my foreign friends to our school every year, to make the kids use their English on purpose, but I can do it usually just once a year. I know it is a real challenge and a motivating situation for them and PenPal Schools is a good opportunity to face them with the importance of knowing English more often. And of course, it is not just language, but also culture that they can study this way.
Julita Klimont, Poland
I teach English, and I want my students to use this language to communicate with their peers from other countries and see what makes this communication successful.
Elena Kyriakidou, Cyprus
This is an interesting way for students to learn the English Language- the knowledge acquired from global topics concern everyone.
Müge Kalay, Turkey
Students should learn other cultures. We should open their minds. They should see other students, other cultures. Maybe in the future they will go to university in America or Canada, or other foreign countries. Because of that, they should know other countries and cultures.
Hilal Kuyu Akgül, Turkey
I'm a true believer of the global world. I like to try my limits and I like to inspire my students by engaging them in global activities. By doing so, they feel willing to learn and they try to connect to people in a second language. Whatever profession they choose, I want them to be qualified and be able to follow their professional area in the global language. Even if they become a housewife, they should be able to make a Google search in English, if they feel the sources in their native language are not enough.
I also want them to broaden their perspectives and notice that "others" are not others actually. I want them to see that every child in the world is raised to love their own culture, nation, and country. It is totally normal and beautiful, yet this doesn't mean to hate another nation or country. By global education, and by these kind of online communication with other countries' students. I hope that my students are going to perceive that we belong to one race only with all our similarities and differences, in fact we are the same. We should be able to live together on this planet peacefully and responsibly.
Deniz Kuzal, Turkey
Communicating with different people from different cultures and creating a level of tolerance with other people other than their own culture. I am passionate about global education because it lifts the quality of education for each individual.
Anatoli Lebed, Ukraine
I am passionate about global education because we are all (teachers) in the same boat.
Larisa Lebed, Ukraine
I love global education and particularly PenPal Schools because it gives the possibility to our students to communicate with their peers from other countries. The most valuable thing is that it develops mutual understanding between youth from different countries. Pupils speak with each other and understand that they are the same: they read the same books, see the same films, listen the same bands. So, they destroy negative stereotypes and prejudices about some of the nations. I'm sure students who take part in such activities will never have bad attitude to other people.
Patrizia Malausa, Italy
Being a professional Teacher of English Language, Culture and Literature, I feel as if ‘global education’ were like oxygen to a living creature, some indispensable food and vital nutritious element I can’t do without, essential to me and to my students’ personal and interpersonal growth.
Maura Massari, Italy
We should consider the chance of being all part of the same international school. We should teach students diversity and be able to make them accept that what is different is only different, not necessarily bad.
Diana Molenschot, The Netherlands
I think it's absolutely awesome to live right now. You can get connected with someone all over the world within seconds. My students get to know the world and the way other students live and think. It's important for them to know that there's more than the Netherlands. They have to know that there is more, and that together they can create more and learn more.
Maria Pihlsgard Kjellsson, Sweden
In Sweden it is quite typical not to talk to strangers. I find PenPal Schools to be a great way of connecting my students to other cultures in a "controlled" way while promoting the use of technology in the classroom. We live in a privileged country and I would like to expand my students' global understanding and their respect for other cultures and get them to see that the similarities are far bigger than the differences.
Christine Reymond, France
It's useful for students to have an opening in the language they learn by having contact with real people their own age living in the country, discovering how they live. They are interested in other countries and in having a global opening to meet students from all over the world to compare their life, all in English.
Rita Schiralli, Italy
I firmly believe that education changes people and the world itself.
Mariola Sell, Poland
I am passionate about global education because it is not only teaching but exposing students to the world. It is a great chance for them to broaden their horizons and develop in different ways.
Ivana Štiglec, Croatia
I cannot imagine my teaching journey without opening the door of my classroom to the world. In the past seven years I have coordinated so many international projects, me and my students have travelled to more than 25 European countries on student exchanges. Enabling students to communicate with peers from all over the world, giving them opportunities to learn about other cultures and countries, to learn through the exchange of opinions, experiences and ideas is the best thing that we as educators can give them. Developing students' global skills is an investment in their future and PenPal Schools is the right place to do so. As a coordinator of many international projects and as a Europeana Teacher Amabassador for Croatia I try to help my learners develop relevant skills that will empower them for success in this ever-changing world.
Ivana Sudar, Croatia
Learning about the world, different cultures and traveling has always been a passion of mine. I see that same passion in most of my students. Developing their global skills, their communication with students from different countries and cultural exchange has been a constant in my everyday teaching. Pen Pal Schools makes those important things easier and more fun. These days, global education, learning about the world and our differences and similarities, becomes more important than ever.
Marta Surbevsk, Sweden
Making sure that students connect our classroom learning to the community and world around us is a driving factor in my teaching. The classroom extends farther than the four walls that traditionally contain us. Understanding the global impact of what happens locally, regionally, and internationally is crucial in developing life long learners and global citizens.
Natalia Tkachenko, Ukraine
I am passionate about global education because I would like my students to become global citizens.
Gülcan Yalçı, Turkey
I am passionate about global education. I want to open a door for my students through this project. They learn more about the world, have friends and share their cultures. Now they have different perspectives. I use PenPal Schools as a powerful resource for meaningful and successful learning opportunities. I don’t just connect my students globally, they are supporting global project-based learning in our classrooms. Making global connections, developing understanding of diversity, making students aware of various cultures, traditions and ways of life is very important.
Nesrin Yalçın, İzmir, Turkey
I think global education widens students' worlds. They can explore their own culture, make comparisons with other cultures, and investigate global issues and challenges. Critical thinking and problem solving are considered key skills for the future. Children can improve these skills through global education. PenPal Schools is the best way to experience this journey.
İlknur Hülya Yayıcı, Turkey
Global Education is a part of teaching language. Not only we should teach grammar in our classes, but also we should teach the culture of that language outside the classes.
Melis Yavuz, Turkey
I am passionate about global education because it provides us with a different point of view. The things to learn and teach are infinite. Thanks to global education, we can become aware of what we are and how we can better ourselves. By doing this, our students can learn that there is much more to acquire than they think. They can understand the importance of being a global citizen, improving ourselves and seeing the world.
Marzi Adi, Kentucky, USA
I'm passionate about global education to develop students' academic, emotional and social skills.
Asusena Agundiz, Mexico
Do not want to sound too cliche, but "the world is an oyster." I believe dreams can come true when you work hard and consistently. I believe that kids have a very strong voice and can make GRAND CHANGES in our world.
Michelle Anderson, Iowa, USA
Global education is necessary for our future children to understand, empathize and help others around the world. We are all interconnected so it is imperative to understand one another's culture, situations and perspectives.
Kim Andreas, Illinois, USA
The most effective outreach comes from a position of understanding. A problem cannot be genuinely solved if we don’t identify all the parts of it: the causes, the ramifications, the people affected. Only then, can one truly internalize the challenges of the issue at hand. When we are finally able to empathize with others, we have a better opportunity to make a difference. Education exposes our students to these different perspectives, setting the stage for better global relationships. This interconnectedness is what binds our world together. It isn’t always about solving a problem, either. Sometimes the greatest thing we can do is elevate the perspective of the other person and realize that although we are just small cogs in this big world, we really should be embodying the phrase, “We’re all in this Together.”
Kathryn Andries, Kansas, USA
I think now more than ever it is important for kids to gain a more global perspective of the world. Students become more compassionate when they learn how other people may be suffering throughout the world. When students learn about different cultures, their awareness grows. They not only see how different their lives are compared to others, but they also see the similarities that link people from across the continent together.
Kimberly Artis, California, USA
I am passionate about global education because globalization has changed our world over the past decade since technology has enhanced education. Our students are interested in reaching beyond borders to access the world and learn more about the earth we live on. Our future is inevitably a global one educationally and economically and I'd love to be a part of this change.
Ian Bates, Ontario, Canada
Every year our world becomes increasingly smaller and more interconnected. Through the use of technology we can teach common values and bridge the gaps that divide us. It's important for students to be exposed to other cultures to learn from each other's perspectives and recognize how similar we all are.
Jeffrey Bender, Louisiana, USA
We live in a global society. So much of my students' future will be dependent on their ability to navigate a global workforce, and to do that successfully they need to gain an understanding, and most importantly, respect, into the similarities and differences they share with their global peers.
Stephen Blan, Texas, USA
Thanks to technology global education is possible to the masses. Typically, American students are globally ignorant. To solve problems the world is and will be facing will require us to work with people of other cultures. From an early age, students need to be exposed to other perspectives and learn to appreciate those perspectives. I personally was not exposed to other cultures until college when I was able to travel abroad. I met amazing people who thought differently than me. I want to help my students have similar experiences at a much younger age. PenPal Schools helps me do that.
Terry Brown, Minnesota, USA
The world is getting smaller. Students will eventually have colleagues around the globe. Moreover, students will need to practice interacting with people of different cultures to increases their understanding of World events.
Allison Bruning, Texas, USA
Gifted, Autistic and Special Needs is a global issue that many people around the world do not understand nor appreciate. We love being able to give our students a global experience so they can understand and appreciate different cultures from around the world. Our students just love interacting with other students from around the world.
Jessica Burns, Florida, USA
One of my goals as a teachers is to go beyond the classroom and to create well-rounded students that represent the values of our school "knowledge, integrity, & compassion." When I teach Geography, I tell my students that we cannot learn geography without understanding culture, and we can not learn culture without understanding history. Therefore, we must understand the past to appreciate the present and to plan for the future.
Laurie B. Bushey, New Jersey, USA
I believe there's great value in learning about and understanding others, and the more we understand each other, the better chance we have for a future filled with lifetime bonds and grateful hearts.
Johanna Carrión, North Carolina, USA
Even though our world is more connected than ever, younger generations do not know that their reality is completely different from the great majority of the world, and I want them to be aware of inequalities and work hard to end them.
Charlene L. Cartwright, Texas, USA
There is so much that we can all learn from each other as a global community!
Norma Cervantes, Texas, USA
Global education is important because it allows students to think about more than just themselves and their community. The world is a very big place that extends beyond our backyards.
Jamie Chenault, Kentucky, USA
Working together as one will accomplish more, better, and stronger. Global Education allows educators and students to develop the soft skills needed for their life journey. It pushes many out of their comfort zone where growth is seen. Growth in communication. Growth in active listening. Growth in various perspectives. We are all connected, and global education allows everyone involved to see that!
Linda Chown, Canada
I believe it is important to recognize that we truly are one people in spite of our differences and this is essential in preserving and sustaining our planet. This can only be realized through connection, interaction and dialogue.Kids are the promise in this future. Through global education we have the opportunity to develop greater empathy, and respect for other cultures that are much different than our own.
Leticia Citizen, California, USA
Global Education has become a passion of mine within the past four years. It started with Mystery Skyping/Hangouts with my students. I was blown away with how connected my students felt and the excitement behind them meeting and learning with students across the US and the world. It opened their hearts and minds to someone other than themselves. I strongly believe in learning and connecting #beyondthe4walls of our classroom. In addition, meeting others around the world has helped my students grow in empathy and understanding about experiences of others while widening their perspective on real-world situations.
Merinda Davis, Utah, USA
I have been teaching for eight years and have a Masters degree in Global Studies in Education. In that time I have had some incredible opportunities for myself and for my students. After discovering the world of international professional development I have been able to travel around the world learning about international education systems, cultures, and setting up international exchanges for my students. My goal is to help my students become active global citizens who are citizens who are empowered to make a positive impact on the world.
Erica DeRosa, New Jersey, USA
As a teacher and as a mom, I believe that one of the best gifts we can give to our children is twenty-first century knowledge, skills, and understanding of world cultures, global issues, and international current events. These lessons will help our kids navigate a complex and ever changing world with open minds and hearts to support world-wide environmental, economic, and political sustainability, encourage deeper understanding and respect for all people, realize that our similarities far outweigh our differences, and promote peace and unity to improve life in our world.
Sharisse Douthett, Florida, USA
It is important for children to learn and experience things from around the globe. Sometimes we can be incredibly closed-minded, and PenPal Schools has created a platform where my students can learn from others in a safe environment online.
SJ Drummond, Virginia, USA
Because education is not limited to the 4 walls of the classroom, the campus, the town--or even the country--in which you live. The best way to learn about something is to do it if you can, but connecting with others around the globe can be the next best thing. Global education is an excellent way to gain 2nd hand knowledge in a 1st hand way! Many students may have never had the opportunity to travel beyond their city or county, global education changes that. It allows children to access a world that may be unlike anything they've ever experienced--or they may find it surprisingly familiar. Either way they are expanding their knowledge base and, at the same time, gaining valuable perspectives on the world around them.
Sarah Enger, Illinois, USA
Global education is the way that students are able to learn and teach about the outside world. Global education shows students there is more than just the back-yard. Students and teachers become more aware of the similarities and differences between countries, cultures, and other students and teachers from around the world. Expanding resources and knowledge sparks interests and provides growth. Connections are the ropes of the bridge that brings us together. We are #BetterTogether
Shelley Emslie, Montana, USA
We literally have two stoplights in our town. I try to get my students to see outside the four walls and two stoplights. I grew up traveling, so I see the value in exposing kids to different places. Our town is very grounded and has many roots, but I want to give my students exposure to the world beyond it.
Ebonie Ervin, South Carolina, USA
Now more than ever strong global relationships are needed. Our current COVID 19 pandemic shows the need for leaders with the ability to navigate global communities to come up with resolutions that will affect people around the world. According to seenmagazine.us, “Global education is about developing global competence: the attitude, skills and knowledge needed to understand and participate in a globally connected world.” Providing opportunities for students to participate in global education and connect with students globally allows students to learn about different cultures and critically examine various issues. This will help prepare the future leaders of America to be global citizens.
Nicole Fair, Bahamas
I work for an International School and I believe that the tolerance and joy gained from connecting with other young minds worldwide should be an indispensable part of today's educational experience!
Tasia Fields, Chicago, Illinois, USA
As an educator, it is important that I try to provide my students with the most equitable learning opportunities possible. This is impossible to do without having a global learning opportunity. Technology and PenPals are helping to make that possible for students everywhere.
Melvenia Ford, Virginia, USA
I am passionate about global education because education is universal in nature but maybe different in methodologies. Education is that platform that propels transit for individuals from one spectrum of life to another as well as it reflects a change in behavior.
Sarah Fox, North Dakota, USA
Many of my students will never leave the city or state they currently live in. PenPal Schools allows them to visit the world outside without leaving the classroom.
Cleva Garner, South Carolina, USA
We live on one planet connected through all systems. The connections we make on a global level brings awareness that we need and depend on each other through our likes and differences to make our home (the planet Earth) safe for all.
Jane Garver, Michigan, USA
So many conflicts are caused by perceived differences. If kids can meet people from other cultures and learn more about them, I truly believe they will have fewer conflicts in the future.
Marissa Gett, Virginia, USA
PenPal schools allows my students to interact world-wide with a curriculum that is student-centered. I love how they are able to make connections with students all around the world and choose their own PenPals based off of their responses, similarities, and differences.
Karen Hall, North Carolina, USA
Understanding point of view and embracing diversity are key tools needed for students today to become leaders tomorrow.
Missy Halcott, Pennsylvania, USA
I used PenPal Schools last year with my 3rd grade class and I love that they got exposure to kids all over the world. Getting those perspectives was powerful for them. I liked that it helped them expand their communication skills.
Susan Hellard, Kentucky, USA
I am passionate about finding a way for my students to share their voices outside of our community. I want them to know that what they have to say is important. I also want them to learn to value the opinion of others as they grow and change their own thinking on larger topics.
Paula Helm, Oklahoma, USA
I teach in a school district where about 85% of students come from families who are economically disadvantaged. Children who live in poverty don't have the same access to the world that someone who grows up in an affluent home might have. If we can open the world to students like mine they have so much more opportunity than they would have otherwise. None of us knows what we don't know until we are faced with possibilities. For me, giving students a view of the word around them is integral to who they become in the future.
Kaleigh Henrikson, Canada
I believe that global collaboration is the way education is going, and find it very valuable for students learning. This is not something students can find or read about in a textbook. Global collaboration offers for real world, rich and engaging learning that will make students more aware of what is in the world around them.
Barbara Ann Hession, Canada
Global education is education. From my experience as an educator in two different countries, there is a lack of "global perspectives" among my students in North America. It is within my power to expose students to global education in my classes, one small contribution that I can make as their teacher toward opening up their worlds to other countries, cultures, and people's perspectives.
Christine Holda, Illinois, USA
High-quality education should not be limited to a specific geographic region. PenPal Schools brings students from around the world together to discuss topics that are relevant on a global scale.
Marisol Hood, California, USA
Our schools are an amalgamation of different cultures; it is only fitting that our educational system is constructed the same way.
Deanna Horsens, Montana, USA
Global education brings awareness to worldwide political, economic, and social issues, that may not be directly affecting our secluded community or homogenous population. Many of our students never travel outside of Montana yet they grow up in a world that is so closely connected by technology. It is vital for them to see where they fit into the big picture and how they can influence the future of the human race and the entire planet.
Faith Ibarra, Virginia, USA
Global education is NOT simply creating a project and getting a grade on it. Global education in my classroom is when every student is exploring, discovering, and engaging in the world around them, making intrinsic connections and choices to that world as they relate to the students, and using that knowledge to make better choices both in and beyond school.
Kate Ippensen Mississippi, USA
I am so excited about global education because it gives my kids a view of the world outside of their small town. For my kids, their world is largely consumed with gangs and violence. Many have never been outside of their county, much less Mississippi. This gives them perspective and helps them to dream of being more than their town's expectations.
Dr. Sandi Jablonski, Florida, USA
Global education provides students with a less polarized perspective on current events. It also allows students to have exposure to other cultures and thought processes, giving them a more tolerant and inclusive experience than they might have otherwise.
Sandra Janack, Florida, USA
Compassion and empathy are necessary traits for our students to develop, now more than ever. Global education provides a pathway for this development by building students’ global awareness and connections to others. These connections open students’ hearts to appreciate the variety of perspectives they encounter. As students begin to understand that there are differences in the world to celebrate and similarities in which to find refuge, global education empowers and inspires students to make a positive impact on the world they will soon inherit.
Melissa Jankowski, Massachusetts, USA
I want my sixth graders to be able to improve both their critical thinking skills and their problem solving skills. They need to be exposed to global issues and become active learners in order to gain understanding of our globally connected world.
Natzyelly Keane Gonzalez Garcia, Mexico
Global education is the key for success in our students. It has been a big part of my teaching, because it provides our students with the opportunity to share their culture and learn from others as well. They can be in touch with people from all over the world regardless the distances.
Tonyi Kennedy, Nevada, USA
My passion about global education is to expose as many students as possible to a diversity in which they may learn, teach, and relate to. I want all my students to understand that we are all humans living on the same planet and experiencing life differently. There is no wrong or right, we are all trying to do the best we know how, and we are all living one day at a time to the best of our abilities.
Gary Kolenbrander, Texas, USA
Global education provides a foundation for global citizenship, which in our increasingly connected yet culturally fractured world should be a centerpiece of social-emotional growth - to outgrow the concept of "the other" and see all fellow human beings as related and connected on a continuum of experience, so as to foster improved understanding and relations among nations and people.
Anthony Lechota, Virginia, USA
We are at a place in our world view that we are able to connect through technology like never before. We are able to see the experiences and knowledge of other cultures that we would not of been able to do before technology.
Jennifer Ledford, Indiana, USA
Global education truly opens a classroom to more. It gives our students unique opportunities without leaving the comfort of their hometowns.
Donna Leech, Florida, USA
I believe that if my students can see that there are others around the world that share similar thoughts, ideas, and passions, that they will be more apt to pursue their own. Reaching out to others around the globe to share ideas and information is the start of collaborative work that they will need to know how to do be successful in their future. They have learned that they can make a difference, no matter how small. Things start like ripples on a pond--they start small, but then they grow and grow. Somebody needs to start the ripple. We need to be the ones to start them and work with others around the world to help them grow larger and larger.
Judy Lefeber, Wisconsin, USA
PenPal Schools has given my students the opportunity to connect with students from all over the world. Students are excited to communicate, learn and share with their peers. It inspires them to work on their communication skills, their writing skills, and the understanding of various perspectives.
Katie LaFever, New York, USA
Students have to learn to communicate with their peers around the world. PenPal schools helps develop empathy and an understanding that not everyone lives like we do. Global education is probably more important now than ever because how we act locally can have worldwide consequences.
Aprilanne Lynch-Bolk, Illinois, USA
I am passionate about global education because our current students (and even former students!) are now living in a very global, competitive world. With the advancement of technology in our society, students of all ages are now more aware of academic and social issues that are happening around the world and they need to as soon as they can begin to learn and understand that their own needs and issues are a part of the world too. In addition, if students are doing programs such as Pen Pal Schools, then this allows them to participate as a world citizen and this can lead to more leaders in the future that can help solve many of our global problems and issues.
Sarah Marston, Florida, USA
Countries are nothing but invisible political barriers. A kid is a kid everywhere, and they can learn so much from others all around the world, making them people citizens of our Earth.
Mackenzie Martin, Honduras
There's a whole world out there that our students should know about. Learning about other countries, customs, and cultures on a variety of levels can only benefit the future leaders in our classrooms. Global education teaches students how to respect perspectives that are different from their own, how to interact with realities, and create connections that exist beyond their classroom to make their learning meaningful on a multitude of levels.
Kristin McWhorter, Arizona, USA
When we connect with people in other parts of the world, we are opening ourselves and our students up to opportunity to not only share cultural and social differences but to find the commonalities that remind us how we are all alike, connected and valuable to our world.
Jessica Medlin, Texas, USA
Our students "worlds" are smaller than they were when we were their age. Technology has been a huge cause of this. Due to "smaller worlds", our students have much greater opportunities. It is my job to expose students to all these opportunities. If I don't, I have failed them. The first step that must be taken in order for them to take advantage of these opportunities later in life is to educate our students about their world in an authentic way. Students must gain knowledge about other cultures and develop a respect and appreciation for them. This generation desires authentic and real connections. I am passionate about providing that for them. I had teachers that provided that for me throughout my education. It changed my life and made me who I am today. I want to pass that treasure on.
Nicole Merritt, Texas, USA
As an IB educator our goal is to create internationally minded citizens to make the world a better place. The biggest impact is that everyone is able to use it and students who may never get to leave their community are able to connect with kids and learn about different places in the world.
Amy Mosley, North Dakota, USA
Education is the key to success. Everyone should be entitled to the best education available. By sharing knowledge with people across the world allows everyone the opportunity to learn more.
Nancy C. Nelson, New Mexico, USA
We are an IB school and as such, our students are encouraged to be participatory in global awareness and exchanges. I think especially for our particular demographics, 99% Native American, it is essential that they have exposure to people from around the globe as many of our students otherwise have no concept of life beyond the confines of their reservation. This opens their eyes, and minds to different cultures and ways of looking at issues.
Gwen Neu, California, USA
I have always believed that we are all connected through our humanity. Global education provides students with an opportunity to learn that despite our differences, there are basic common factors that tie us together. I also believe that knowledge is power. The more we know, the less we need to fear. Through PenPal Schools, we develop friendships, which helps to encourage empathy and to develop kindness. Through global education, we can dispel the idea of the "other."
Kierre Nicholson, Texas, USA
My students don't really get the opportunity to see the world outside of their school and neighborhood. This gives them a chance to see the world and gives them something to aspire to see.
Erica Oakhill, Georgia, USA
I'm passionate about global education because as educators it's our job to educate our students. Technology has given us the opportunity to break down the walls in our classroom and be able to interact with other students around the world. PenPal Schools is an amazing tool that provides you with resources to support standards that as an educator you are required to teach. PenPal Schools makes it so much more engaging with being the global collaboration tool which allows these hot topics to be discussed and gives students a voice!
Samoya Ogden, Dominican Republic
In my experiences, global education provides a gateway for children to broaden their opportunities to learn about global challenges, the interconnectedness or our world and it's inhabitants, and to immerse in cultures they would generally not have the opportunity to. Global education allows students to see just how similar their lives are while embracing diversity and differences. I believe global education itself is a combatant against many of the world's challenges that result from lack of knowledge, inequalities, discrimination, etc. because students learn to be open-minded and to transcend opinions.
Julie Pacheco-Toye, Oregon, USA
I believe that the key to making our world a better place for all people around the world is by building relationships across cultures and across borders. Global education should be an important part of every students' learning journey and every school's curriculum. Being able to understand different perspectives and effectively communicate with people of other backgrounds are absolute necessities, not only for individual success, but more importantly for the stability and progress of humankind.
Candace Page, Georgia, USA
I believe it is important for students to know about other cultures, people, education, and governments around the world. It encourages awareness, critical thinking, and hopefully they will have a positive influence on the world around them. “Education is the most powerful weapon you can have to change the world.” ~Nelson Mandela
Holly Pazos, Texas, USA
Global education is important to me because I believe that my job as an educator is to help students develop an awareness of cultural diversity. Teaching students global empathy and seeing different perspectives for other cultures is the best part of my job as a teacher.
Adrian Peer, California, USA
I believe that global education is more necessary now than it ever has been before. As our world becomes more connected, we have an obligation to be more aware of how our decisions impact others around the world. Globally minded education supports the deepening of that awareness.
Anabelle Pena, Dominican Republic
I believe in collaborating. Global education opens my students minds, their brains, to different cultures.
Wendi Pillars, North Carolina, USA
Learning always seems to boil down to the human element, to relationships. And it just makes sense to extend that beyond the classroom walls. Learning with others helps adults and students alike make sense of a world that is at once huge and increasingly smaller, dispel myths, and diffuse stereotypes. I believe deeply in the power of one--one person, one comment, one idea, and one interaction--to shift a perspective.To me, that is magic. Whether we travel physically or virtually, the benefits of seeing through another's eyes, languages, experiences, and terrain, are unparalleled.
Steven Quinlivan, North Dakota, USA
Global education is extremely important especially in my classroom. Geography and Area Studies are two of the classes that I teach and my students learning about the globe and the people that live in certain areas is important. We live in a global society in which all of our products are affected by the rest of the world. We must protect the rest of the world in order to protect ourselves. We must learn about the rest of the world in order to become better humans.
Lukas Riley, Indiana, USA
Our world is connected now more than ever, and students need to know how to interact in a meaningful and respectful way.
Elizabeth Ríos, Puerto Rico, USA
Global education bring us closer amid the physical distance. It opens a wide expansion of opportunities to share and learn about. We educators need to learn and know about the best practices that are available for us. Global education allow us to learn from each other and further expand our horizons for a better understanding of the world that we all share.
Cindy Rogers, New Jersey, USA
We are a global society! Our country cannot function independently. All countries should be working together to help and support one another to make the world a better place. The current pandemic reminded us that our actions affect all of us who are sharing the same planet. Therefore, we need to be able to communicate with each other while respecting and celebrating our different cultures and views.
Meghan Salem, Canada
We all need to learn from one another. To be aware of other cultures, perspectives, and to open our minds. Global education allows for a deeper critical thought process that will sharpen our 21st century skills and mindset. Global education provides students with a platform to practice empathy for others, a skill for them that will be critical to their future success in our ever changing societies.
Mike Saltz, Washington, USA
I lived and taught abroad for 6 years. I bring that background into the classroom and believe strongly that if we're to survive and thrive as a species, we need global education.
Cynthia Sandler, New York, USA
We are in such a global world. We have so many resources and reasons why we should connect. How can you not? That's kind of the point, to break down barriers, work together, and be human together.
Peter Schroeder, Canada
I am passionate about global education because my students are stuck in somewhat of a bubble here in Ontario. My students are not aware of the variety of lifestyles and cultures that exist in other countries. This website has opened the door to that world and I hope to continue to use the content to expose my students to the world.
Ashley Scruggs, South Carolina, USA
I love that my students can communicate with other students from around the world and grow their global worldview. When students have the opportunity to see the world from another student's eyes, they become more open-minded, inclusive, and empathetic. Learning from their peers can be more powerful than learning from me or others in our community.
Lynn Shirk, Pennsylvania, USA
Now more than ever, we need to learn to listen to the views of others. We need empathy in our world. Global education teaches us to see the world from other points of view. We must work together to solve our common global problems.
Joy Silva, California, USA
Our students are global citizens. They need to know different perspectives so they can improve the world. By communicating with students from other parts of the world, they are able to understand how different events shape our world.
Sylvia Simard-Newman, North Carolina, USA
I grew up in two cultures: French and American. I have a passion to share world cultures and issues with students. It is important to create world citizens for the future.
Michael Sinclair, Texas, USA
The world is getting smaller, and students are exposed to so much. PenPals schools provides a safe and secure environment for students to be exposed to and make connections with cultures from all over the world.
Colleen Skiles, Missouri, USA
Being a 1:1 school with iPads, my students have access to connect to the world every minute. I believe that students need to learn to communicate in Modern World. With our technology that world has become extremely small, global education is the only way to teach those communication skills.
Paul Solarz, Illinois, USA
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I try to support and promote as many great web tools as I can that I use in class and that my students enjoy. PenPal Schools was one that my students enjoyed earlier in the year and I look forward to using again to end the year and further promote strong global perspectives within my students
Stacey Spears, Kentucky, USA
I believe we all can learn a lot from each other. It's important to understand other cultures, beliefs, and perspectives. Global education allows students to make important, relevant connections to others and deepen our understanding of global citizenship. Students get the opportunity to learn that the world is vast and made up of numerous different and unique groups of people.
Trish Terrell, California, USA
I'm ecstatic that my students are connecting with others around the world, and at the same time, they are using reading, writing, and critical thinking skills in a unique way that they haven't before. Global citizenship is important for us to instill in our students so they become lifelong learners and have an open mind to meeting new people and be in different situations in life. Right now, we are in such an unprecedented time in our lives (and history!) to be teaching from home using technology and not having social interaction, which is what keeps our brains coming back for more to get connection. The more I can bring connection into the lives of my students, as opposed to book work or taking notes on something, the better their experience will be, as well as their mental health through all of this.
Erin Vanacore, New York, USA
I am passionate about global education because learning about the world around us is one of the best ways to grow. In fact, that is what inspired me when I was a student. When I was in elementary school, I always loved looking at maps and studying geography. In middle school, I fell in love with studying foreign languages, which has continued through to present day. By the time I was in high school, college, and beyond, I was eager to take advantage of any cultural exchange overseas. Stepping outside of my comfort zone, meeting people from other parts of the world, experiencing different ways of life, and traveling have all expanded my horizons. Now, I work with students from all over the world since I teach English as a New Language (ESOL). I learn from them every day and I love it!
Haleigh Van Allen, Tennessee, USA
Every student comes from a different background and demographic. It is important for students to be well rounded and have an understanding and connection with those different than themselves and their lives.
Sarah Weatherford, Texas, USA
We are living in complicated times and through technology, middle school students have more access to news and current events than any other generation before. It is an honor to guide students through the process of learning about the people, cultures, and environments of this world through safe and well-designed learning activities. Our world is so much bigger than the communities immediately surrounding us and the people we choose to connect with or follow on social media. My goal is to help students see they have similarities with others and build on those connections, but also recognize and respect characteristics that make us different and unique from one another. I consider myself a student of the world because I am continually learning alongside my sixth graders. I hope that their year with me is only the beginning of their lifelong learning about our world.
Caitlin Williams, Texas, USA
My kids live in such a small, rural area. I think it is important for them to understand that there is a world outside of Apple Springs, Texas. When you are little, it is hard to understand how big and diverse the world really is. It also brings up a lot of good opportunities to learn about empathy and acceptance.
J'Lene Williams, Georgia, USA
I feel that it is important to be exposed to other cultures. It is so beneficial to have my students be able to experience what others think and do right from their laptop.
Sandy Wisneski, Wisconsin, USA
Students from my community need to have the opportunity to expand their vision of the world since this is a small rural community of 7000. Global collaboration opens the doors to a diverse population with a variety of cultures and views.
Carla Wood, Iowa, USA
I think the current medical situation of the world has driven home just how global we truly are. If students don't have reliable, trustworthy information access then we will face a whole generation of students who have many misconceptions and prejudices. If you are in the know, one is less likely to perpetrate false information, and tolerance will be the way of life for future days!
Greg Zugrave, Florida, USA
Global learning is at the crux of education. All of my students will be affected by changes taking place in far flung places and come into contact with people from different places, cultures and lifestyles. I feel it is my duty to educate them about the world and its happenings.
Paula Aracena, Chile
I have experience sharing my culture through English Language with teachers from Russia, Turkey, and Denmark. We have done snail penpals and Skype web conferences. I´m really interested in showing my students other realities and cultures, because they have difficult backgrounds.
Robinson Aracena, Chile
As a teacher I understand that the process of learning is connected to the process of teaching because we mostly develop personally and professionally by sharing thoughts and ideas with others. The interaction with others allow us to reflect on our actions and adapt them to the corresponding social context.
Flavia Nuñez, Uruguay
As a teacher of English as a foreign language, I am constantly exploring new areas and techniques in the hopes of clarifying important issues in the classroom. Global education makes sense to me as a means to help students become better human beings, committed with the world, anxious about learning, and respecting other cultures.
Monica Panza, Brazil
PenPal Schools is interesting, and updated topics provide us with great reflection possibilities.
Miguel Perez, Venezuela
Global education brings us all together, just like it has to be. Through global education our students broaden their perspectives about culture, and they become more open-minded. Global education can definitely help us shape the citizens of the future.
Micaela Schwab Bonfigli, Argentina
Global education encompasses all the necessary competencies for today's world: critical thinking, open-mindedness, empathy, among so many others. It's time to start teaching as part of a community that exceeds the classroom and one's viewpoints. I feel lucky to teach my students from a global perspective so that we can all enrich our learning process.
Aline Vargas Stawinski, Brazil
I believe that empathy plays a key role in the pursuit of a better world, and global education enables us to better understand others by means of sharing and learning things about our daily lives, our customs, and also about the diverse places we come from. Global education is a necessity in our ever-growing connected world.
Paula Wilner, Argentina
I believe we need to see the broad picture to make wise choices. Connecting with others gives us a different perspective and make communication become real, have a real purpose.
Melisa Zarantonelli, Argentina
I really believe we are part of a network sharing the same aims and objectives. It is educating for real life, for the future. It is real education, no matter your race, language or beliefs