Invitation to the COBIS GSL World Catalyst

We are delighted to invite socially active and creative young people to take part in a global virtual leadership weekend, hosted by Future Foundations.

  • Programme Dates | Friday 13th November – Sunday 15th November 
  • Age Eligibility |  11 – 18 
  • Eligibility | COBIS Schools only
  • Duration | 3 days (4 live sessions per day) 
  • Graduation Date | 15th December 2020
  • Programme Price | Individuals: £220  | School Groups: £195 

This programme is designed by Future Foundations and the Wellington Leadership and Coaching Institute (founders of Global Social Leaders) in partnership with COBIS.

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Student Registration

You can sign up for the programme as an individual or as part of a school group booking. School group bookings are only available if more than 5 students from your school are registered. It is therefore important that you check with your school before selecting this option to ensure that you are eligible to register as part of group. Registration is open until 5th November 2020 and places are limited. 

To complete the student registration form you will need your personal email address, your parent or guardian contact details. We will contact you via email with all future communication about the programme, and log in details.

Individual Bookings:

After completing the registration form you and your parent/guardian will receive an email with a link directing you to our Shopping Cart to pay for the programme. Please note, your parents need to complete the payment by 9th of October to benefit from the Early Bird price.

Once we receive the payment you and your parents will be asked to complete our onboarding forms including Code of Conduct agreement and Parent Consent Form. We strongly encourage you to complete those forms as early as possible and no later than 5th November 2020.

School Group Bookings:

After completing the registration form you and your parent/guardian should contact your school to arrange the payment for the programme. We will invoice the schools for the number of places once this has been decided.

Please note, your parents need to complete the payment to the school by 9th of October to benefit from the Early Bird price.

Once we receive the payment from the school you and your parents will be asked to complete our onboarding forms including Code of Conduct agreement and Parent Consent Form. We strongly encourage you to complete those forms as early as possible and no later than 5th November 2020.

School Registration

COBIS GSL World Catalyst is a fantastic opportunity for students age 11-18. There are two ways schools can get involved in the programme. Please note, this opportunity is only open for COBIS member schools.

Promote the programme at your school – students book as individuals

We invite schools to share this opportunity with students, and they can register with us direct as individuals and pay their own course fees. 

We will provide you with a recruitment toolkit to help you to promote the course to your students, this will include all the necessary promotional materials such as, posters, email templates, letter to parents and more.

Please complete the expression of interest form by clicking the button below.

Organise a school group

If you would like your students to benefit from a discounted price on the programme you can organise a school group booking. We will support you each step of the way via email to make it as easy as possible. We can also arrange a virtual meeting to discuss the details of your booking. 

  • Step 1: Complete the expression of interest form below
  • Step 2: Promote the programme using our recruitment toolkit
  • Step 3: Confirm number of students and collect payment from your students parents
  • Step 4: Pay your invoice

What’s included in the price?

  • INDIVIDUAL BOOKING FULL PRICE

  • 12 Live Online Sessions
  • All programme session materials
  • Access to content post-programme
  • Access to independent challenges with support of our team
  • 30 Day Challenge
  • Invitation to join GSL Fellowship
  • Participation in Global Goals Competition
  • Certificate of completion
    Certificate of completion of Individual Challenges (Evidence required)
  • Online Graduation
  • £220
  • per student (price includes VAT)
  • SCHOOL GROUP BOOKING PRICE PER STUDENT

    6+ STUDENTS

  • 12 Live Online Sessions
  • All programme session materials
  • Access to content post-programme
  • Access to independent challenges with support of our team
  • 30 Day Challenge
  • Invitation to join GSL Fellowship
  • Participation in Global Goals Competition
  • Certificate of completion
    Certificate of completion of Individual Challenges (Evidence required)
  • Online Graduation
  • £195
  • per student (price includes VAT).

Aims and Outcomes

  • Future World of Work Skills: The Four Cs of 21st century learning

The future employment landscape is always changing, and there are lots of choices facing young people around education, jobs and their future!  We want to support you to build these skills on our courses by focusing on The Four C’s. 

“If today’s students want to compete in this global society, they must be proficient communicators, creators, critical thinkers, and collaborators (the “Four Cs”). Students need to master additional subject areas, including foreign languages, the arts, geography, science, and social studies.  Educators must complement all of those subjects with the “Four Cs” to prepare young people for the global workforce”

[Extract from research carried out by the National Education Association]. 

  • OECD Learning Compass

We have shaped our programme based on The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Learning Compass which has focused on what knowledge, skills, attitudes and values students need today to thrive in and shape their world. 

The COBIS GSL World Catalyst is shaped to focus on building knowledge, skills attitudes and values through independent learning as well as live sessions connecting young people.  We believe in building the right attitude and values in young people as the foundation for GSL programmes. 

Reflection is a key component to any GSL programme, as part of the learning processencouraging young people to reflect on their experience throughout the programme, their own individual learning and building their insight. “We do not learn from experience. We learn from reflecting on experience.” [Dewey (1933:78)] 

The Learning Compass highlights the need for students to learn to navigate by themselves through unfamiliar contexts” [OECD Learning Compass 2030]. 

  • Transformative competencies

The OECD highlight the need to acquire three transformative competencies to help shape the future we want: creating new value, reconciling tensions and dilemmas, and taking responsibility. 

When young people create new value, they ask questions, collaborate with others and try to think “outside the box” in order to find innovative solutions. This blends a sense of purpose with critical thinking and creativity 

Young people need to be able to balance contradictory or seemingly incompatible logics and demands, and become comfortable with complexity and ambiguity. This requires empathy and respect. 

Young people who have the capacity to take responsibility for their actions have a strong moral compass that allows for considered reflection, working with others and respecting the planet. 

[OECD Learning Compass 2030] 

  • Wellbeing

We are in unprecedented times. Now more than ever we need to learn to navigate ourselves to changing contexts and adapt in ways that ensure wellbeing. The COBIS GSL World Catalyst is an opportunity to learn new skills, develop the right mindset and prepare for the future we want. 

We believe it is important to give time and space to develop good mental health and wellbeing.  We will work with the young people on the programme to develop their own toolkit they can open anytime in the future when they need it. 

  • Social Action and the UN Sustainable Development Goals

In September 2015, world leaders agreed to 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs). If these Goals are completed, it would mean an end to extreme poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030. 

The COBIS GSL World Catalyst will challenge students to THINK GLOBAL and ACT LOCAL, examining the issues behind the Goals and understanding the part they can play by joining the biggest attempt in the history of the human race to make the world a better place. 

We also feel that connecting young people from different countries and backgrounds will help shape meaningful discussions on issues as well creating collaborative solutions as Global Citizens. 

Many young people are already running their own projects in their school or community, and the aim of the programme is to build and develop knowledge around the SDGs.  We will help you to either improve existing projects or start new ones.  We will focus on areas such as understanding the users, measuring impact and how to make a project more sustainable. 

AFTER THE PROGRAMME

PARTICIPANTS ARE INVITED TO ENTER A GLOBAL COMPETITION

After the programme, you will be challenged to start your own social action project working in a team of 3 to 7 students which will make tangible changes within school and the community (local, national or global).

You will be invited to enter the GSL Global Goals Competition.

Frequently Asked Questions

COBIS GSL World Catalyst

In order to gain the most of your online learning experience, we recommend you participate in the discussion. Please if possible have your camera and microphone switched on when you go to breakout rooms. Our facilitators will tell you when to get ready for discussions. Please note, some of the session will be focused on launch and develop successful projects; gaining greater impact in your community; and topical debates which will help with your communication and persuasive skills. There will be other topics of discussion based on the requests we receive, for example an informal forum may be set up to for participants to connect with their global peers and exchange shared interests around similar SDG goals and community projects they are currently involved with. 

It’s important that you know what you are signing up to take part in!  This programme involves both independent learning with sessions to completed on an online learning platform, as well as live online sessions with a GSL Coach. 

There are no tests to complete the programme (phew!) or to participate in the programme. You will through have all the content in English.  

As part of the programme, you will have Live Online Sessions with a GSL Coach leading, and with other participants joining from different countries. Please be aware that we will be using Zoom for Live Online Sessions.

When you register, you need to select which time you will attend the Live Online Sessions for the programme.  There are two time zone options: 

08:00 to 11:45 UK Time 

or

15:00 to 18:45 UK Time

Please make sure you attend the full slot we have allocated – just in case we have to change the start slightly. 

 

The programme is all in English, and we do not provide translations of the materials.  Hopefully in the future we will be able to release a programme that is suitable for a variety of levels of English. 

We would suggest that you need to have a CEFR level (Common European Framework of Reference) of B2 or above (C1/ C2) to join this programme. 

We do not ask you to do a test to show your level, so please be aware that this is important you are sure you are happy!  If you are concerned about this, please get in touch with our team before you register. 

There are some free online tests if you want to check your level. 

We will not record sessions as a default as the live sessions are made to be interactive and involve all participants. 
In exceptional circumstances, we can discuss the possibility of recording a live session depending on the content and gaining additional consent from parents. Please note, we will need adequate notice if you need to miss an online session.

All materials will be accessible on the online learning platform. As such, you will need access to the internet as well as a webcam for live sessions. Please note, these materials must not be shared with your friends, classmates and teachers.

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