Coppin State University commits to starting a new Institute for Local and Global Community Engagement by July 2009. One of the primary missions of the Institute is to improve quality of life by using information technology to connect 'local' with 'global' communities. The Institute activities are designed to improve education, enhance inter-cultural understanding, promote conflict resolution, and alleviate poverty.
More specifically, the Institute commits to the following:
First, it will establish a series of 'global classrooms' whereby schools around the world use the Internet, digital stories, and video conferencing to share curricula, enhance academic standards, learn about other cultures, and improve IT skills. One main objective is to include under-represented populations in the program, thereby providing young people with the skills to improve their lives and avoid poverty.
Second, as part of this program, the Institute commits to establish a formal relationship with numerous primary and secondary schools in Africa and the U.S., as well as with at least two African universities.
Third, the Institute commits to developing a curriculum that will train teachers at all levels - primary school, secondary school, and the university - to utilize IT to improve the world. This includes teachers at participating schools in the U.S. and Africa. Again, the ultimate goal is to fight poverty and improve quality of life, which will also lead to a healthier and more peaceful world. Thus, the curriculum will focus on those issues which centrally involve the Institute, namely, global education, alleviation of poverty, inter-cultural understanding, and conflict resolution.
Fourth, the Institute commits to involving Coppin State University students and the larger Baltimore community in courses and other activities that will teach the value of becoming actively engaged in community programs that improve the world. Some of the courses will be provided on-line and some will not.
This new project grows out of a very successful 2-year pilot project that has been headquartered at the University of South Carolina Upstate. This project established a basic global classroom experience that connected students in the United States and South Africa. The purpose of the experience was to improve education, information technology literacy, and inter-cultural understanding for students at all grade levels. The director of this project has been recruited by Coppin State University, and Coppin State University will (as described below) substantially expand the program in line with the objectives of the Clinton Global Initiative University.
July 2009: Launch Institute for Local and Global Community Engagement at Coppin State University, which will manage the global classroom experience project.
July 2009-August 2009: Finalize relationships with 18 schools in Kenya, South Africa, and the United States.
August 2009: The new Institute will offer workshops and training sessions on a monthly basis to representatives of schools and other interested organizations.
September 2009: The Institute will launch comprehensive on-line resouces for teachers and others who are participants in the global classroom experience.
September 2009-December 2009: The first round of the global classrooms is initiated, with all participating schools represented in the planning and curriculum development.
January 2010-May 2010: Offer at least one course at Coppin State University on local-global community engagement.
January 2010-May 2010: Offer workshops to the larger Baltimore community on how to use information technology to connect nonprofts, businesses, and other organizations to the global community.
January 2010-May 2010: The second round of the global classrooms is initiated, with all participating schools represented in the planning and curriculum development.
May 2010-June 2010: Debriefing from all partner schools; curriculum development for the following year; implement next year's global classroom experience.
June 2010: Offer a Summer Youth Leadership Institute for Baltimore area high school students. The program will focus on developing future leaders on a local and global scale, with a particular emphasis on the role of information technology in this process.
Financial contribution ($100,000) to train teachers and technology specialists in developing countries. We offer substantial on-line resources, but we seek additional contributions to create training workshops at different locations throughout the world -- starting with Africa.
We are delighted to provide substantial in-kind services to any organization that is using information technology (or wants to use information technology) to connect local and global communities. (value $100,000)