Tag Archives: Democratic Republic of Congo

Free Distance Learning Programs from Global Nomads Group

WEBCAST: HUMAN TRAFFICKING
DATE: 03.08.12 |  TIME: 1:00-2:00 PM ET | GRADE: 9-12 | COST: FREE

Through conversations with a guest expert panel streamed on-line in  real time,  students will learn about the causes and consequences of human trafficking.  In the 60 minute webcast, students will have the opportunity to interact and ask questions to the panelists through a live-chat function. This program is in partnership with the New York Times Learning Network. Continue Reading…

IVC: Path Forward
DATE: 03.19.12 & 03.21.12 |  TIME: 10- 11 AM ET | GRADE: 7-12
WEBCAST | DATE: 04.19.12 |  TIME: 10- 11 AM ET | GRADE: 8-12
IVC & WEBCAST COST: FREE

This spring, we will have two exciting opportunities for you to dive deeper into  the Path Forward challenge and learn about the current crises in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and connect with Congolese students.  Register now for a special 2-part IVC and our webcast- live from Eastern Congo!  REGISTER NOW– Spaces limited! Continue Reading…

IVC: PIONEERS IN SCIENCE 2012
DATE: 06.01.12 |  TIME: 9 – 10 AM ET | GRADE: 9-12 | COST: FREE

Pioneers in Science is a premier program of the World Science Festival that connects high-school students with leading scientists from around the world.  The 2012 Pioneers program, features visionary stem cell researcher Elaine Fuchs, who will participate in videoconference program. In this candid session, students will have the opportunity to discuss working on stem cells in the lab, plus bioethics and the politicization of science. Continue Reading…

Innovated Videoconferences from GNG

Global Nomad Group’s Innovations: Unique videoconference programs opportunities ranging from virtual field trips, multi-part series, to project-based videoconferences. Programs can include virtual science expeditions and on-going international student exchange programs; student participation dates and costs do vary. Three coming up this spring from GNG:

$500,000 Challenge Grant to Rebuild Schools in Haiti: STUDENTS REBUILD (Dates & times in March to be determined).
In response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti, Architecture for Humanity, the Bezos Family Foundation and Global Nomads Group have partnered to create “Students Rebuild,” a $500,000 matching challenge grant that invites students around the globe to rebuild better, safer schools in Haiti:

  • The challenge is open to middle and high school students and educators at schools worldwide.
  • All donations will go through Architecture for Humanity and will be matched by the Bezos Family Foundation up to $500,000.
  • In order to encourage as many schools as possible, there is a cap on the match of $2,500 per school. However, there is no limit on what schools may donate.
  • The top three fundraisers will be recognized at the end of the challenge.
  • Creative fundraising is a must! Students will have the opportunity to exchange ideas with other participants. Most creative, by a tally of votes, will be recognized at the end of the challenge.
  • Read more at www.studentsrebuild.org.

Live in the Field with CARE Pakistan: Fighting Global Poverty
DATE: Wednesday March 31; Wednesday, April 7; Wednesday, April 14
TIME: 7:30 AM EST
*Dates and times are tentative and are subject to change
CARE has partnered with Global Nomads Group to continue to raise awareness among young people about the causes and consequences of poverty worldwide. GNG will work with CARE Pakistan to offer three videoconferences in late March/early April. Topics will range from environmental/conflict refugees, emergency education, and a cross-cultural exchange with Pakistani youth.

Hot Spots: Live in the Field: The Democratic Republic of Congo
(Dates & times in April & May to be determined).
GNG will continue to examine the ensuing conflict occurring in the Democratic Republic of Congo by reporting live on the ground. Students will have the unique opportunity to converse with their DRC peers, who are still in the throes of a long-standing civil war. Topics will range from conflict minerals to gender-based violence to many more. This is a ground breaking program you will not want to miss!

GNG’s Rapid Response Programs

GNG’s Rapid Response: On the ground emergency response from global “hot spots” such as the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the post-election crisis in Kenya. Students participation date varies.

TITLE: Conflict Minerals – The DRC
THEMES: Conflict and Human Rights; Global Development
DATE: October (specific dates and times will be set later)
Since 1998, more than 5.4 million men, women, and children have died in the Democratic Republic of Congo, primarily due to the consequences of its ongoing civil war.   Students will be introduced to the challenges facing the DRC and learn to identify the root causes of its conflict and the humanitarian and environmental issues as a result of it.

Flickr Creative Commons - by Army.milTITLE: U.S.’ Role in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan (Commemorating Veteran’s Day on November 11)
THEMES: Conflict and Human Rights; Global Development; Global Politics
DATE: November (specific dates and times will be set later)
Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq have become staples in our daily headlines.  While Iraq is rebuilding its war-torn state, in the Swat Valley, a small territory sandwiched between Afghanistan and greater Pakistan, dozens of civilians are being reportedly killed each week in a fight against the Al-Qaeda and Taliban.  What does the presence of U.S. troops in the hot beds of the Middle East and Central Asia mean for the future of global security?

TITLE: Nuclear Proliferation: A Case Study of North Korea
THEMES: Conflict and Human Rights; Global Development; Global Politics
DATE: December (specific dates and times will be set later)
The world has taken steps towards global disarmament – though encountering challenges along the way – since the signing of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in 1968.  Continued progress in this direction took a halt when last May, North Korea alarmed the world by announcing its second successful nuclear weapons test. In this two-part series, students will analyze the debates over nuclear proliferation.

June 09 Global Nomads Group Videoconferences

From Global Nomads Group:

Though we are nearing the end of the school year, our work is not done. GNG will round out the 2008-2009 school year by rapidly responding to most recent headlines.  We will be offering one last week of exciting programming in June: Rapid Response: The Democratic Republic of Congo and Swine Flu: Pandemic or Hysteria?.  In addition, following the success of Naturally Obsessed: The Making of a Scientist, the World Science Festival has offered another opportunity for students to get connected.

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Democratic Republic of Congo

Rapid Response: The Democratic Republic of Congo
Since 1998, more than 5.4 million men, women, and children have died in the Democratic Republic of Congo primarily due to the consequences of its civil war (diseases, bloodshed, etc.). Just recently, the on-going conflict in the DRC has been splashed in the major headlines as the country is on the brink of another war. In this special PULSE series, students will be introduced to the challenges facing the DRC and learn to identify the root causes of its conflict and the humanitarian and environmental issues as a result of it. In addition, students will learn to celebrate the history and culture of the DRC and identify the ways to bring hope to its future.

Students will be joined by individuals and experts who have worked deep in the trenches of this conflict including: Bryan Mealer, author of “All Things Must Fight to Live: Stories of War and Deliverance in the Congo.”

Mealer was the Associated Press staff correspondent in Kinshasa, Congo, and has reported from locations across the African continent, including Nairobi, Somalia, and Togo. His writing has appeared in Harper’s and Esquire, among others.

Tuesday, June 2 | High School: 11:00 AM-12:00 PM EDT
Thursday, June 4 | High School: 11:00 AM-12:00 PM EDT
Cost: $300 per VC or membership price*

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Swine Flu:  Pandemic or Hysteria?
In the recent months, the outbreak of Influenza A virus subtype H1NI, also known as the Swine Flu captured the headlines as the effects of this virus spread across the globe.  As reports of confirmed H1N1 cases steadily increased around the world, the UN’s World Health Organization responded by expressing concern over a potential world-wide flu pandemic, citing the outbreak at a “Phase 5” level of alert (out of 6).   “In announcing the notching up of the alert level to Phase 5 last night, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said it was a signal to Governments and to the private sector that preparatory actions should now be undertaken with ‘extreme urgency’” (www.un.org). As a result, many schools have taken extra precautionary measures as seen through the number of schools closing where there are confirmed cases or in many scenarios, where there are suspected cases.

In this Rapid Response session, students will have the opportunity to share how H1N1 has affected their local community.  As GNG reports live from NYC, with one of the highest confirmed numbers of cases in the US, students will learn about its effects first hand.  Students will also delve deeper into the effects of H1N1 by speaking with an expert and learn how they can take better preventative measures against this influenza.

Friday, June 5 | Middle and High School: 11:00-12:00 PM EDT
Cost: $150 or membership price*

World Science Festival
Following a successful program featuring the filmmakers of Naturally Obsessed: The Making of a Scientist, the World Science Festival is excited to bring another opportunity for students to plug-in through Pioneers in Science!

On Thursday June 11, selected New York City High School students will interview Nobel laureate and co-chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, Harold Varmus, and preeminent marine biologist, Sylvia Earle. Wherever you are in the world, you can be part of this event by submitting your questions for the scientists.

Submit questions for two Pioneers in Science! The World Science Festival may choose your question to ask at the Pioneers in Science live interview on June 11. Don’t forget to check back to watch video from the event!

Rapid Response: The Democratic Republic of Congo VC

Over the past ten years, more than 5.4 million men, women, and children have died in the Democratic Republic of Congo primarily due to the consequences of its civil war (diseases, bloodshed, etc.). Just recently, the on-going conflict in the DRC has been splashed in the major headlines as the country is on the brink of another war. In this special PULSE series offered by Global Nomads Group, students will learn to identify the root causes of the conflict and the humanitarian and environmental issues as a result of it. In addition, students will learn to celebrate the history and culture of the DRC and identify the ways to bring hope to its future.

The PULSE is designed to give high school students a forum to deliberate some of the most challenging issues of our time with their peers around the nation and around the globe. By speaking with their peers in other cities, other states, other countries, they are able to come to a greater understanding of international issues and a greater appreciation for diverse beliefs, cultures, and viewpoints.

Learning Objectives:

  • Increase students’ interest in and understanding of the world and its people through dialogue
  • Increase students’ understanding of particular issues by questioning experts and ability to analyze and form opinions on pressing international issues

Global Nomads Group provides the forum for this cultural exchange.
The success of the program for ALL schools hinges on your and your students’ level of preparation and engagement.

Day One:
Up to three participating schools meet and discuss the PULSE topic. A GNG moderator begins the conference by posing basic questions to the students (sent to teachers beforehand) to open up the dialogue. A GNG moderator continues to direct questions, facilitate the conversation among students and schools, and generally move the discussion along.

Day Two:
A GNG moderator introduces a guest speaker, an expert in the topic to be discussed. After the expert explains his/her background and involvement in the issue, we open up the conference to questions and answers. The moderator facilitates as students ask questions and engage in dialogue with the speaker.

Rapid Response: The DRC
Dates: TBD (4-part extended PULSE program)
Theme: CONFLICT AND HUMAN RIGHTS
Times: TBA Grades: 7-8, 9-12
Cost: $300 per VC or membership price*