Our programs adhere to three principles:
Strong partnerships . . .
How can a teacher from a remote Himalayan village learn inquiry based methods, establish a library or use a computer if these ideas are unknown to her? Why not take the teacher, virtually or literally, into a global classroom?
Start a mental health program? Partner with a stellar one. Learn about life in an extended family? Live it with a village family. Test a new computer program? Bring a group of computer programmers to a Himalayan village eager to document their vanishing heritage. Everyone learns and a threatened culture is conserved.
We believe that strong partnerships foster entrepreneurial development, resulting in healthy futures.
Our Global Classroom Initiative (GCI) began simply in the 1990's with youth from Ladakh traveling to Canada to learn new skills and broaden their horizons. It rapidly evolved into an exchange of people, ideas and skills that has given birth to social enterprises, resulted in better-performing schools and produced award-winning community development programs.
Today, our Global Classroom Initiative
links schools, institutions
and future leaders
from around the world
in learning exchanges of all kinds.
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Healthy futures . . . Recent Projects
Heritage History - Linked students from Chicago's Academy for Global Citizenship to Ladakh's Domkhar Government School with the needed infrastructure, training and support to explore the inquiry of How has our city/village life changed over the past 80 years? In 2013, kids in Banff Schools learnt about dedication and leadership from Mahatma Gandhi's life - kids in Ladakh discussed the peaceful leadership of Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela and told stories of How can I lead?
Plastic Bottle Schools - Future leaders from Ladakh traveled to Guatemala to learn how to transform rubbish into a valuable building material with the fabulous NGO Hug it Forward. Today, as more cows die from eating plastic in Ladakh, as disease transmission from filthy irrigation canals clogged with plastic increases, we continue to push for introducing this revolutionary building technology to Ladakh. Some of our work is not instantly successful - but very much worth the effort.
the Earth Day Summit - Giving the menace of plastic pollution a face; a cow's face! Students and teachers from remote Ladakhi villages traveled to the American Embassy School in New Delhi to learning and sharing with students and experts from around the world.
Hockey without Borders - A fantastically successful leadership program, now its 8th year. In 2010, it sent 3 Ladakhi youth to Lower Canada College for 6 weeks, improving IT and filming skills, skating, skating and skating, and sharing international development questions with hundreds of students. In 2012, girls from remote villages skated in district-wide tournaments and felt so very proud of their achievement. In 2014, we expanded to include 2 more very remote village areas. Hockey attracts the kids, confidence and perseverance, learnt on the rinks supports curricular learning throughout the day.
FLIP - 'Forget Literacy and It's Possible' uses FLIP cameras and kid's imaginations to support inquiry learning projects that are then shared between Indian and North American schools. The project recently was acknowledged for it's service during trauma counseling sessions after the horrific, 2010 flash floods in Ladakh and shared with NGOs around the world at the 2012 Omprakash Cross-Cultural Education Conference.