Storytelling for Change by Melton Fellows.
The ongoing global pandemic has, as much as any other experience in recent history, demonstrated our mutual interdependence and interconnectedness. A congregation of the NGO Major Group's Cluster for Global Citizenship is gathering to explore this mutual interdependence, and we invite you to join us for this much-needed impulse introspection into the role played by collaborative problem-solving in an increasingly complex world.
Women Work Wonders, a Melton Fellow led project, is bridging gaps in employment, skilling, and counseling for women who have remained un(der) employed and need strong professional support and awareness to begin or resume their careers or start-up, and be financially independent", shares Melton Fellow Ranjini Rao on her cross-geo project aimed at transforming the lives of women in Nigeria, and India.
The Global Citizenship Week 2021 - Seven days packed with Townhalls, an Open Mic, hub activities, and the biggest Global Citizenship Virtual Ideathon yet! Reaching 1000+ changemakers throughout the week, we explored ways to put Global Citizenship into Practice by engaging individuals and organizations from various disciplines, cultures, and backgrounds. Read on to gauge the impact of the Week!
A hands-on workshop by Fransiska Tirtoadisurja, United Nations Representative for UN ECOSOC (New York HQ), Delegate of BIRD (Paris), Co-Founder of Kita Peduli Indonesia Foundation (Denpasar, Indonesia), and a participant of the Melton Foundation's Global Solvers Accelerator, that uncovers city planning and its importance in a post-COVID world.
Daphne Chebesi, a Junior fellow with the Melton Foundation from Cameroon and a student at Ashesi University is fundraising to support the education of primary school pupils who have been internally displaced by the civil crisis in the English-Speaking Regions of her country. Through her project inspire for peace, she aims at providing school bags, notebooks, and school stationery for 100 Internally displaced aged primary school pupils who are currently studying in Douala Cameroon, home to one of the largest populations of internally displaced persons from Cameroon’s English-Speaking Regions.
On the occasion of International Women’s Day, The Melton Foundation hosted a TownHall dedicated to the cause of women empowerment and gender equality.
The cultural fabric of India is akin to a colorful mosaic of religions, languages, cultures, literary pieces, philosophies, and relics. The sheer diversity found in the country, interspersed with varying strands of thoughts, beliefs, and ways of life, is of gargantuan dimensions. The integration of different cultures over millennia has yielded a rich heritage, comprising a number of literary texts, architectural creations, and philosophical sects. Globalization, and therefore global citizenship, is a phenomenon which underlines the evolution of the Indian society and has worked its way into the mindset of the people for thousands of years, resulting in the interwoven societal setup existing today.
To broadly define Global Citizenship Education (GCE), we can state that it is a learning framework that enables individuals and communities to aspire and actively participate in the societal transformation towards a more equitable, sustainable, and peaceful world. A collaborative and lifelong learning process, Global Citizenship Education furthers individual and collective competencies necessary to promote and act towards societal transformation.
The best way for a global citizen to begin her journey is to explore her local environs and work towards creating models for problems that exist in different corners of the globe for implementation in the local setup. The local sphere is where the most visible changes occur, the site of the real empowerment of communities.
We, as a human race, have come a long way. From being nomadic tribes to constructing skyscrapers, the Homo Sapiens have traversed the globe, setting up civilizations in the remotest lands and sailing across the seven oceans. Despite the intermingling of societies, accelerated by globalization 18th century onwards, the hindrances to Global Citizenship have only increased. What are Melton Fellows doing to change this narrative, and make Global Citizenship an everyday reality?