Global Citizens is a universal preschool curriculum and set of resources that connects children ages three to five with their peers living in refugee camps.
Global Citizens is a universal preschool curriculum and set of resources that connects children ages three to five with their peers living in refugee camps. Through empathy-based and developmentally appropriate tools, activities, and resources that meet nationally-recognized preschool learning foundations, this program fosters connection and empathy, and creates the foundation for global ambassadorship at the earliest stages of development in the next generation.
Global Citizens was created to meet requests by preschool and kindergarten teachers in the U.S. who wanted their children to connect with children attending Little Ripples, an early childhood education program that trains and employs refugee women to provide culturally inspired preschool education to improve the early development of refugee children exposed to conflict. After learning about the success of Little Ripples, teachers here in the U.S. knew it could impact the lives of their students, but needed a curriculum and packaged resources to effectively create the connection.
Global Citizens is a 4-week, 20 unit daily curriculum that can be used with and tailored to a diversity of preschool philosophies, including dual-immersion language programs and in-home preschool centers. Each day, the program begins with simple mindfulness and breathing exercises that Little Ripples students also participate in. Just as Little Ripples utilizes play-based and student-driven components, so does Global Citizens. Additionally, each daily lesson includes an objective, resources, and activities that teach students about themselves and the life of their refugee peers, while focusing on social-emotional development, language and literacy, language development, mathematics, science, performing arts, physical development, health, and history/social science.
Global Citizens fosters connections and meaningful learning opportunities for children as global citizens. It is a historic experience for youngsters which will plant seeds of compassion and interdependence that will last a lifetime. This experience is a safe way to share the joys of participation, cultural ambassadorship, and empathy-based living within our preschool communities.
For more information on Global Citizens or iACT, please contact Danielle Kercher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first schools to purchase and implement Global Citizens will have the opportunity to develop a meaningful relationship and become the sister school of a Little Ripples preschool center, known as a Little Ripples Pond. A Sister School will have the honor to know that their school community took the first leap to creating the next generation that leads with empathy. iACT will provide each of these schools with a plaque to acknowledge this commitment to compassion, a personal gift from their sister Pond, and the opportunity to be honored on iACT’s website and at iACT events.