Our dedicated and experienced staff has designed eight modules for each educational development and peace-building program offered per academic year. Each module within a program runs for a duration of 60 minutes and RepDevGlobal currently has one program available for the 2014-2015 school year (Title: “Global Issues and Sustainable Solutions”) along with several programs under development.
Using creative and innovative resources adapted from a number of educational experts focused on development studies and global education, RepDevGlobal has strived to use real world examples that are correlated to Common Core and national standards for learning—designed to compliment a number of High School courses including social studies, geography, and more. Through participating in the programs offered by RepDevGlobal, students will enjoy learning about social, political, cultural, economic and environmental issues around the world though interactive methods including webinars, interactive global classroom lessons, guest speakers, and team-projects.
Example of Curriculum for Program titled “Global Issues and Sustainable Solutions”
Part I: Understanding Global Issues
Module 1: What are Development Studies?
In this module, students will learn about the development studies field through
exercises on geography, understandings of the “global north and global south,” and core concepts of development studies (the state, civil society, etc).
Students will complete online entries to share with students around the globe. Handouts, videos and interactive games will be the tools used to conduct this module.
Module 2: What are Global Development Issues?
In this module, students will learn about the issues plaguing the global south within the modern state system, as well as discussing which of those development issues also occur in the US. Students will receive their online entries from other students around the world and will complete their first global engagement with non-US students. Handouts, videos and interactive communication will be the tools used to conduct this module.
Module 3: What is the Relationship between Development Issues and Conflict in the Global South?
In this module, students will learn about the intersection between development issues and social conflict through a number of case studies from current affairs. Students will continue their online entries with other students around the world, including students from contexts reviewed in the current session. Handouts will be used for this lesson and a guest speaker will participate in the module via interactive media to give an overview of development and conflict firsthand.
Module 4: What are the Major Development and Conflict Issues Globally?
In this module, students will continue to learn about the nexus between development and conflict, with a focus on the ways that development issues and conflict have been analyzed. Students will use their knowledge to engage with an interactive exercise to test their knowledge of development issues and their connection with conflict. Interactive methods will be used for this module.
Module 5: What are Others Doing to Address Development Issues?
In this module, students will learn about the approaches by international and national actors to address development issues around the world. Students will learn about the number of international actors and methods used to address development issues. Students will have a guest speaker from a US-based development and peace-building organization to speak to them about what their organization works on to improve issues in the developing world.
Part II: Focus on Sustainable Solutions
Module 6: Addressing Development Issues in Central Asia: What Works and What Doesn’t
Students will learn the difference between cultural, political, economic and historical development in one particular region of the world—Central Asia. This module will be conducting through interactive communication, with students being able to interview a panel of Central Asian development experts on their programs designed to address both development and peace-building issues in Central Asia.
Modules 7 and 8: Project Design for Development Solutions in Central Asia
Building on Module 6, students will focus on designing projects to address developing issues in Central Asia in Modules 7 and 8. Using the knowledge, skills and abilities from the previous modules, students will work in small groups in module 7 to design a project that would address at least one pressing development issue in Central Asia. A panel of judges will review the group proposals and prioritize the most creative and innovative model. RepDevGlobal will work with the teams to actualize the proposal through local development organizations, giving the students a sense of accomplishment, as their solution would be implemented in context that they designed it for.