Storytelling for Change by Melton Fellows.
Before the over 500 fellows around the world, the dozen international events, and the impactful collaborations and projects connecting across continents, the Melton Foundation started little. With only eight students -four in Germany, four in the United States-, the Foundation took the first steps towards what would turn into decades of impactful collaboration and cross-cultural learning programs that would benefit thousands of students around the globe.
The Global Storytelling Festival 2021 was a celebration of the power of storytelling as a vehicle for creating sustainable impact. Through a storytelling workshop, a mini-story contest, and a showcase, we brought together the brightest storytellers from around the world, bridging inherent cultural gaps!
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 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.
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.