World Council for Curriculum and Instruction (WCCI)

Global Education

Global Education

I. Group MEMBERSHIP

  • Hungary
  • United States
  • Nigeria
  • India
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • SIG Global Education Members

    • Dr. Estela Matriano – USA
    • Dr. Marvita Gowdy – USA
    • Dr. Sandor Klein – Hungary
    • Dr. Uche Mercy Okonkwo – Nigeria
    • Dr. Frank Akubuilo – Nigeria
    • Dr. Jacinta Emesue – Nigeria
    • Dr. Helen Mbonu- Nigeria
    • Dr. Vijaya Kumari – India
    • Dr. Inam Mohammad – Pakistan

    Philippines:

    • Dr. Teresita Pedrajas
    • Sr. Teresita Agana, SPC
    • Sr. Flordeliza Deza, SPC
    • Sr. Mary Edwardine Columbano, SPC
    • Sr. Alegria Avellaneda, SPC
    • Sr. Remy Angela Junio, SPC
    • Dr. Teresita Maguigad – Philippines

    II. GLOBAL INTERESTS

    Evidenced from the attendance in the three sessions

    6 – 24 – 16 members present

    III. PROJECTS/ACTIVITIES

    Engaged in as shared by the members

    Exchange Programs

    • academic exchange for students, professors
    • cultural exchange

    Cooperative projects in

    • research
    • teacher training
    • nurses’ training
    • English language learning & teaching
    • socio pastoral and
    • service projects

    These programs have contributed to the

    • new knowledge
    • sharing of knowledge that address common concerns
    • improved quality of education in content and methods of delivery of instruction
    • education that is responsive to the needs of a globalized world bringing about greater economic progress, progress in human relations, unity, and peace

    EXPOSURE PROGRAMS

    • Cultural exposure
    • Service programs
    • Socio-pastoral programs

    These have led to the development of a broader world view, appreciation of multi- culturalism, understanding of the culture, life and situation of other peoples.

    They awakened empathy, spirit of sharing and service which effected

    • sharing of material resources,
    • direct service to the poor, assistance during disasters, poverty alleviation, and health care of peoples from other parts of the world

    Big question s asked by the group:

    1. What is GLOBAL EDUCATION?
    2. And what can we do as educators, as WCCI members to promote global education?

    CONCERNS AND ISSUES that confront the group:

    • POVERTY – HUNGER
      This often leads to
      – violence or crime
      – corruption by officials that do violence to their constituents
    • Negative influences from time worn biases
    • Bias and prejudice even among religions
    • and so many other ills

    THE GROUP’S ACTION:

    Revisit of Dr. Matriano ‘s presentation whose framework for global education was two-pronged:

    1. CARING FOR THE EARTH
    2. CARING FOR THE HUMAN FAMILY

    THE GROUP’S DECISION:

    • To adapt
    • CARING FOR THE HUMAN FAMILY
      as the focus of its efforts in education

    RESOLUTIONS

    1. Each person/teacher/administrator/ (member of SIG-GE) shall look into his/her specific situation to see what actions need to be done and what she/he can do to respond to needs of his/her community
      – first on a personal level,
      – then on a cooperative levelinvolving other – parents, other community members,– and even the government.
    2. Integrate VALUES EDUCATION in one’s teaching efforts esp. values related to respect for and care for the person, the value of life, the recognition of the God who created all things and who called all to one family – God’s family
    3. Continue programs now being done that promote *service to the community; *sharing, * parent involvement, * family programs, * concern for children * youth programs, *women’s issues * scholarships, * feeding programs that lead to genuine care for the person, total human promotion and SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION.
    4. Continue to expand linkages, partnerships, and cooperative projects on a global scale to strengthen our efforts, find support for the solution of problems of our communities, the resolution of issues that confront us all, esp. human suffering resulting from poverty, ignorance, prejudice, violence and even from natural disasters.
    5. FINALLY:
      THAT WCCI, AS A BODY, ASSIST IN THE EFFORTS TO FURTHER STRENGTHEN GLOBAL EDUCATION THROUGH A MORE CONCRETE DEFINITION OF WHAT WE AS MEMBERS CAN FOCUS ON AND WHAT WE CAN DO TOGETHER AS AN ORGANIZATION.

    A Psalm To Widen Our Tents

    Choir 1

    Our world is too small. Our lives are too small. Our vision is too restricted.

    Choir 2

    May the people of various countries, various cultures, tribes and families find room in our world and our lives.

    All

    Help us to widen our tents, O God, so that all are welcome among us.

    Choir 1

    Our attitudes are too parochial, our assumptions too simplistic, our behaviour too predictable.

    Choir 2

    May special people, may the differently-abled, may minorities of any kind – of race, class, or gender – find room in our world and our hearts.

    All

    Help us to widen our tents, so that all are welcome among us.

    Choir 1

    Our boundaries are too limited, our preferences too conditioned, out habits too ingrained.

    Choir 2

    May the aging and the very young, may subcultural groups of every kind, may special interests groups find room in our world and our prayer.

    All

    Help us to widen our tents, so that all are welcome among us.

    Choir 1

    Our God is too small, Our rites too rigid, Our ways are too exclusive.

    Choir 2

    May people of various religions and rites, whose name for God and claim to God are different from our own, find room in our world and our love.

    All

    Help us to widen our tents, so that all are welcome among us.

    All

    God of all cultures, God of all people, help us not to label anyone inferior or second-class. Help us overcome our attitudes of superiority, oppression and indifference. May we broaden our vision and widen our tents so that plurality and diversity determine who we are:

    people called and committed to a world united in justice, peace, care of creation, and solidarity, now and forever. Amen.