Sophomores help create curriculum for international nonprofit
Three sophomores worked with an international nonprofit to create a curriculum for young people throughout the world.
The three Keystone students — Quincy, Lily and Stella — interned with a Jordan-based organization called Global Nomads. It offers various programs that allow young people throughout the world to connect and share perspectives and experiences on a variety of topics.
They worked with teams from throughout the world to create curriculums that focus on specific issues. The teams collaborate with Canvas, and have subgroups such as video production, writing, and social media. During their meetings, students share the progress they individually made on our tasks, and received new tasks for the following week.
Stella’s team looked at sports, Quincy’s team focused on women’s rights and Lily worked on a team that focused on human rights. Their teams, which included students from Jordan, South Africa, Turkey, and Ecuador, worked with facilitators from the nonprofits to create curriculums that incorporate discussion and writing prompts.
“This experience was completely unique to me as it attributed me with a kind of global connectivity I had never experienced before,” Quincy said. “I was educated on women’s rights movements in Turkey, Jordan, and South Africa in which I was completely unaware of before. I learned that each of these girls on my team was not so different from me in terms of the injustices they experienced, even though they were on the other side of the world.”
Each module features a written summary of information on a topic, a video with examples around the sub-topic, and finally an assignment at the end of the module that would allow the student to share their own experience or what they took out of the module.
“Throughout the internship I gained many valuable things,” Stella said. “I met so many great people and they helped me realize how much good there is in the world versus bad. Most importantly, I learned about so many perspectives from people around the world and they have helped me look at the broader scheme of themes and how my actions affect the world.”
These curriculums would work for individual students and entire classes.
“It was a learning experience not only in the sense that we researched and gathered information on Human Rights, but we learned from each other. We learned how to work in a team and how our lives are different,” Lily said. “I did GNG because I wanted to educate myself about human rights and thought that with the incredible amount of free time I had with the pandemic it would be a perfect opportunity. I had no idea that I would learn human rights, while making friends, having a good time, and creating a course that would help others further their knowledge on the subject.”