How does the programme work?
It’s important that you know what you are signing up to take part in! This programme involves live online sessions with the GSL expert facilitators, live talks/workshops with guests and independent learning. There are no tests to complete the programme (phew!)
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]
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 GSL Summer Catalyst at Home 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.
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 GSL Summer Catalyst at Home 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, but with more of a focus of how they can continue to 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.