Qatar Foundation International launches climate change curriculum project with Global Nomads Group
- Qatar: Tuesday, May 22 - 2012 at 10:22
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In recognition of the UN General Assembly declaring the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, Qatar Foundation International (QFI) announces a new initiative, Road to Doha 2012 and Beyond, with Global Nomads Group (GNG) in the lead up to the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 18) in Doha, Qatar November 26 - December 7, 2012.
Students will explore critical environmental issues via project-based learning that includes standards -based curriculum, hands-on collaboration, and virtual exchanges through QFI's online platforms.
Throughout the program, student will be asked to think about the question, "How will climate change affect the future you want for your community and your planet?" They will not only explore the science and policy behind climate change, but also learn about each other's culture in the process. Through GNG's curriculum and exchanges, students will be prepared to effectively monitor and participate in COP 18 in Doha and bring what they have learned back to their own communities.
"QFI and GNG's Road to Doha 2012 and Beyond engages young people in critical discussions with their peers from around the world that could motivate them to become active participants in the global climate change debate and perhaps even choose a career path in the sciences and public policy," said Maggie Mitchell Salem, QFI's Executive Director. "This is another example of QFI's emphasis on providing high school students in Qatar and the Americas experiences that will help them be effective global citizens throughout their lives. GNG's curriculum explicitly links learning activities to a major global challenges of the 21st century, climate change, and will provide young people with the skills to tackle these challenges both in their local communities and together on a international stage."
"GNG is proud to be working in partnership with QFI to engage youth to foster dialogue and understanding through Connecting Cultures, Exploring Science: Road to Doha 2012, an innovative curriculum-based program," said GNG's Executive Director, Chris Plutte. "By adding perspectives from Qatar, Brazil and the U.S. to the climate change debate, the students will gain insight into another culture while learning about this important global issue."
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