Monday, February 24, 2014

The Earth Charter's Worldchanger Scholarships

e-GLO is a 16-week interdisciplinary digital program, recognized by UNESCO for promoting cultural diversity in education for sustainable development.

Call For Action!

Make a difference. Make it possible for youth leaders to join an intercultural experiential learning program that equips them with leadership skills in sustainability, project and funding management, digital media and ethics.
“The purpose of the e-GLO (Earth Charter Global Learning Opportunity) course is to make a positive impact on society by familiarizing local level Earth Charter youth activists with sustainability leadership skills, shared ethics, and digital collaboration tools. The ultimate aim is to develop the capabilities necessary to create Earth Charter inspired creative products that advance local, national, regional, and global sustainability goals.”.
e-GLO has trained more than 100 young activists from around the world, more than 90% of them from developing countries. In a 2011 UNESCO study, e-GLO was named a Good Practice for promoting cultural diversity in education for sustainable development. This is because, through e-GLO, the participants will learn a multitude of cultural perspectives, how to respectfully engage in discussion about differences, and how to embrace differences in order to address universal ethical and sustainability challenge.
 (pictured above, e-GLO 3 participants)
The curricula of all three e-GLO courses have been a mix of Earth Charter sustainability ethics, project development units, social media training, social entrepreneurship units, proposal development, local action project assistance, fundraising skills, and digital storytelling.
The upcoming e-GLO 4 will be an exercise in applied creativity focusing on sustainability ethics, art, video, music and creative expression. The objective is to unite young people from different parts of the world who have a variety of specific skills and abilities such as videography, poetry, philosophy, music, social media, and other abilities and who are also leaders in using their creativity to foster sustainability towards a better, more sustainable world.
The philosophy behind this e-GLO session is that art and creative expression have the unique and timeless universal ability to create an emotional connection through which transformation happens.
What e-GLO alumni say about the program:
“..Looking back at my experience in e-GLO 3 and with the Earth Charter now after all that has happened in my country, I am proud. Proud that I applied for such a course and joined such a movement”! - Janna El Hadad, Egypt ( read more here: guest post from an egyptian youth and e-glo 3 participant )
"My experience with e-GLO is my first great connection experience to the world. Meeting and sharing with the people on one vision, getting inspired together by the Earth Charter, and having one goal for peace and a sustainable world are also an unforgettable experience. This final session is not the end, but this is the start of stepping together to make a better future for our world’" - Putri Ayusha, Indonesia
“There were real solutions that were being posed to our different obstacles and I felt a sense of community that I hadn`t felt in a while, especially when one has to bear the solitude of leadership on some decisions at least.” - Jessica, UK
“The sessions really opened up the box and allowed us to think on how to apply the Earth Charter to our local communities and create a better world.” - Wajahat Nassar, Pakistan
“The lessons were superb and the presentations were excellent. The intercultural exchange was very good and in a way we were able to share and learn from colleagues the world over.” - Ndenge Godden Zama, Cameroon
"e-GLO is a great connection experience. A place for everyone who is interested in a sustainable way of living. Saving our planet is far from easy. Through e-GLO 2, we reached many ideas, plans and attitudes that are already developing or starting in many parts of the world." - Vinícius Almeida, Brazil

The dominant patterns of production and consumption are causing environmental devastation, the depletion of resources, and a massive extinction of species. Communities are being undermined. The benefits of development are not shared equitably and the gap between rich and poor is widening. Injustice, poverty, ignorance, and violent conflict are widespread and the cause of great suffering. An unprecedented rise in human population has overburdened ecological and social systems. The foundations of global security are threatened. These trends are perilous - but not inevitable.
The choice is ours: We can form a global partnership to care for Earth and one another or risk the destruction of ourselves and the diversity of life. Fundamental changes are needed in our values, institutions, and ways of living.
There is the need to train the next generation of sustainability leaders for dealing with the highly interconnected and interdependent problems in the world like climate change, social inequality, exploitation of natural resources etc. The sustainability approach to leadership requires special competencies to meet the ongoing challenges, compared to traditional leadership; Knowledge about the impact of globalization, capacity for innovation, dialogue and communication skills, systems thinking, global mindset, peer networking ability and strong capacities in Information and Communication technologies (ICTs), to mention a few.
With this aim, we want to equip young leaders through the Earth Charter Global Learning Opportunity 4 (e-GLO4). These champions will promote our cause for everyone to share responsibility for the present and future well-being of the human family and the larger living world. The course aims to stimulate discussion on sustainable development challenges, unite more young creative activists across the world, rattle old paradigms, and create messages that speak to different generations and cultures.
A total of 16 students will be selected for this course, which is broken into eight 3 hour sessions using our interactive online learning platform. They need funding support so they can join the course. Help us train tomorrow's global leaders!
The e-GLO course costs $1000 per student. Our goal for this campaign is to raise the e-GLO course payment required to provide full scholarships for all the sixteen students from different regions of the world. ($16,000)
Each contribution from you counts in helping young leaders foster their knowledge and cultivating expertise in sustainable development.
Implementing organizations:
Earth Charter International
The Earth Charter Initiative is the global network that embraces, uses and integrates the Earth Charter principles. The mission of the Earth Charter Initiative is to promote the transition to sustainable ways of living and a global society founded on a shared ethical framework that   includes respect and care for the community of life, ecological integrity, universal human rights, respect for diversity, economic justice, democracy, and a culture of peace.
The ECI Secretariat, which is based at the United Nations-mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica, endeavors to promote the mission, vision, strategies and policies adopted by the ECI Council. It supports the work of the Council, assists with strategic planning and coordinates many Earth Charter activities. The Secretariat guides and liaises with efforts to bring the Earth Charter to the fields of education, youth, business and religion, manages communications with the larger Earth Charter network, and promotes the use of the Earth Charter as an international soft law document.
Earth Charter International uses the Earth Charter document, which is a declaration of fundamental ethical principles for building a just, sustainable and peaceful global society in the 21st century. It is a vision of hope and a call to action.
Principle 14 of the Earth Charter emphasizes the importance of “Integrating into…education and life-long learning the knowledge, values, and skills needed for a sustainable way of life”. Education is fundamental to the mission of Earth Charter Initiative.
BeatBoard is a youth leadership, new media and contemporary arts education social enterprise based in Victoria, BC, Canada.For the past 18 years, BeatBoard’s Mike Sheehan has been designing and delivering a variety of educational programs for both youth and adults. His work is sought out by Indigenous communities, conferences, school districts, alternative education centres, youth detention centres, government and businesses. Mike is known for creating meaningful and inclusive learning environments with a surprising level of engagement and energy.
BeatBoard is committed to affecting positive change in communities through delivering experiential education programs that value diversity, inclusion and solutions for healthy living.  Mike has visited hundreds of thousands of youth in formal and non-formal educational settings.