GLOBAL CONNECTIONS AND EXCHANGE PROGRAM
My Community, Our Earth
My Community, Our Earth was created in the year 2002 through public and private partnerships, in preparation for the World Summit for Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg, South Africa, to address sustainable development issues, including biodiversity, climate change, poverty eradication, fresh water supply, and urbanization.
We approach the theme of sustainable development using a geographic perspective that allows innovative responses to local community challenges.
Through this MyCOE GCE initiative, the AAG seeks to enhance mutual understanding between youth in the United States and their counterparts overseas in ways that draw from and build upon the existing public-private partnership, My Community Our Earth: Geographic Learning for Sustainable Development (MyCOE)
The overarching goal is to empower youth and their teachers to increase environmental, geographic, technological, and cultural literacy so that young people all over the world will be equipped with geographic tools and resources to address the challenges facing their communities and to engage them to develop solutions to bring about sustainable development.
- Engage youth in using the tools and concepts of geography to see how their communities can be made more sustainable
- Raise awareness of the importance of geography and geographic technologies to issues of sustainable development
- Foster critical thinking and stewardship by youth around the world
This program is funded by the U.S. Department of State Youth Programs Division. To see their Global Connections and Exchanges Program webpage
Climate Change, Food Security, Green Economy, Youth Leadership, International Online Exchanges
Over a 20-month period, the initiative will train 165 teachers in 23 secondary schools in the US, Bolivia, Ghana, Nicaragua, and the Philippines to use social networking, online mapping, and award-winning content modules from the AAG’s Online Center for Global Geographic Education.
Teachers will be supported to interactively implement the curriculum and learning tools in their classrooms, to engage in international electronic dialogue and themed discussion exchanges, and to facilitate the leadership development of 3,068 upper level secondary school students.
Teams of youth, guided by their teachers and other mentors will design and implement community-based projects that use the MyCOE framework.
An estimated 500 projects are anticipated to be conducted through this initiative, which will be uploaded to a new GeoPortal, currently being designed by Esri.
In Ghana MyCOE projects started in the year 2012 when the country co-ordinator through the AAG involved teachers and students in participating in the on-going project for the Rio+20 summit.
In the first phase of the project, students and teachers involved were from the central region of Ghana. These schools were used as pilot schools for the on-going project.
Students undertook projects based on the Youth Project Framework (Spring 2012) Modified Scientific Method –MyCOE Approach (from Goodchild, 2001)
In the next phase of the project, MYCOE Ghana wants to extend the project to all parts of the country. This will enable more students and teachers to participate in the Global exchange project.
COUNTRY CO-ORDINATOR: Mr. James Kweku Eshun
Mr. James Kweku Eshun is a lecturer at the Department of Geography and Regional Planning, University of Cape Coast and the Country Co-ordinator of the Global Connections and Exchange Program – My Community, Our Earth Project in Ghana. He has mentored a lot of students and teachers in the participation of the MyCOE project especially in the Rio+20 summit which resulted in about 5 winning projects coming up among the 15 wining projects worldwide. He is a mentor, teacher and a youth advisor on global projects. He has traveled extensively and presented papers at international geographic conferences including the Association of American Geographers Annual General Meetings among others.
All geography teachers who wish to participate in the MyCOE ongoing project can contact Mr. James K. Eshun on +233208182541 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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