iEARN Newsflash, March 2020
Students in Tunisia and Japan participating in the iEARN project, Girl Rising, come together in a video conference to discuss issues such as girls' access to education and gender equality.

Project Updates


Girl Rising - Call for Participation

International Women's Day is on March 8th, and the Girl Rising project participants have been reflecting on and discussing the issues facing girls around the world. In the Girl Rising project, students view episodes of the "Girl Rising" documentary, which features nine girls living in different parts of the world who confront tremendous challenges and overcome nearly impossible odds to achieve their dreams and obtain a quality education. Students then discuss the episodes with other classes and share ideas about what they can do to ensure that all girls and boys in the world have the right to a quality education. 
Artwork by students at Keimei Gakuen High School in Japan who participated in the Girl Rising project

Below are some conversations between students in the iEARN Collaboration Centre: 

"After watching her story,I have learnt so much about the power of persistence causing not to give up on her dreams.she went out of her way and at such a young age she is really living like a role model to me. and right now because of her i am also not going to give up till i see my  dreams come to a pass. I also really hope we live up to her great  persistence."

"I agree with you that Wadley's persistence is something to be inspired by. Her persistence is what kept her going through this tough time in her life, she never gave up and she kept going and got what she wanted. She wanted her education and she wanted to go to school and learn and so she did. Wadley is truly a role model and someone to be inspired by."

"I think everyone has right to study. It doesn't matter if this person is a girl or boy. After I watched this story I thought that Wadley was really brave, because she went against her teacher. She wanted to continue studying, even her mom didn't have money to pay for school. I think that schools should be free, because there are millions of people, who can't buy food and of couse they can't manage go to school."

"I agree that schools should be free. Children shouln't have to worry about their financial situation. I also agree that Wadley was really brave for what she did."

To join the conversation, visit the Girl Rising project in the iEARN Collaboration Centre

International Dinner Party - Project Outcomes

Participants of the International Dinner Party project create paintings showcasing a typical dinner place-setting from their cultures and researching and writing about these special dishes. Participating countries include Brazil, Georgia, Germany, India, Moldova, Nigeria, South Africa, Taiwan, Tunisia, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and the United States. On February 15th, a display showcasing many of these beautiful pieces of artwork and their accompanying descriptions.went up at the Nightingale-Bamford School in New York City, United States.
Paintings by students of their typical dinner place-settings are currently on display at the Nightingale-Bamford School in New York City.

Interested in joining? You can find the International Dinner Party in the iEARN Collaboration Centre here

Talking Kites Around the World - Call for Participation

The Spring Equinox, March 19th, is just around the corner, and so is kite flying day! In this project, students learn about children's rights and how respect, tolerance, friendship, solidarity, and the constructive resolution of conflicts all contribute to a better, more peaceful world. Students create kites with their messages of their thoughts, fears, dreams, and hopes for the world and fly them on or around the March Equinox in tribute to Janusz Korczak, who advocated for the rights of children. Join classrooms in Belarus, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Moldova, Pakistan, Poland, Puerto Rico, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, South Korea, Taiwan, the United States and more in the Talking Kites Around the World project in the iEARN Collaboration Centre!

Water is Life - Call for Participation

Another big day this month is March 22, World Water Day! What are you and your class doing to address water-related issues where you live and in the world? The Water is Life project focuses on United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 6: Clean Water and Sanitation and Goal 14: Life Below Water. Stepping through logical stages of research, reflection and planning, classrooms will support each other, learn from each other and celebrate their achievements. Each class will develop a Community Action Plan to make a difference on the issues of water in their community. It's not too late to join! To view a full description and project activities, and to join the Water is Life Project, visit it in the iEARN Collaboration Centre!

Celebrations and Events

Fostering Global Competency in Secondary Education

We are proud to share that Ed Gragert, the first Executive Director of iEARN-USA, recently wrote an article that was published in the global-e Journal emphasizing the importance of building empathy and personal relationships in global interaction through iEARN. To view the article, click here.  

Join TweetMeet on March 17th!

New iEARN-USA team member, Connie Rensink, is co-hosting a TweetMeet with MicrosoftEdu. Join her on Twitter at #MSFTEduChat on March 17th at 1pm ET to share how your iEARN experience is developing Global Changemakers! This Twitter chat is open to all and will be posted in multiple languages.

About iEARN

iEARN (International Education and Resource Network) is a global non-profit network that empowers teachers and students worldwide to use technology to collaborate on projects designed to make a meaningful contribution to the health and welfare of the planet and its people. Started in 1988, iEARN is currently active in over 140 countries, with 2,000,000 students participating as part of their education.  iEARN-International:
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