4-H Global Education
International Education Week
The U.S. State Department and the U.S. Department of Education have set aside November 14 – 18, 2016 to celebrate global education and exchange here in the United States. Travel outside the United States is one to learn about other cultures and customs. This may done through the IFYE program as explained above as well as other international opportunities. However, there are other more inexpensive ways to do the same without ever leaving Wayne County. Below are a few examples:
- Check out a book on another country from your local library
- Watch a program on the Travel Channel
- Have an international student over for dinner that attends your high school or nearby university
- Cook a cuisine that you have not tried before
The WVU Extension Global Education Team is an inter-disciplinary group of Extension Agents and Educators from across the state interested in global education both here in West Virginia as well as abroad. To learn more, contact Julie at the Extension Office.
WVU Extension Service Global Citizenship Curriculum
The overall goal of this curriculum is to develop and disseminate hands-on learning resources around the topic of global education. Specific objectives include:
- Provide Extension educators and youth development practitioners with a hands-on global education curriculum,
- Increase knowledge of global education concepts and opportunities,
- Instill a desire for youth to learn about other cultures, customs, and global issues that may impact their community, county, nation, and world.
The curriculum is designed around five categories that include: agriculture and food; arts and history; communication, media, and technology; geography; and global issues. Each category consists of several skill-a-thons. A skill-a-thon is a competitive or noncompetitive learn-by-doing activity. This teaching method helps youths develop both life and project skills. A skill-a-thon works well at a project meeting, club meeting, camp classes, after-school sessions, in the classroom, or at a mall or fair.
Julie Tritz, 4-H Extension Agent has played a major role in the development of this nationally peer-reviewed curriculum. For a complete list of downloadable skill-a-thons, visit Global Citizenship Curriculum