Global Connections and Exchange Program (GCEP)

RI–SOL’s GCEP programs connect classrooms, teachers and students across borders. Teachers in the USA establish classroom-to-classroom partnerships with teachers participating in GCEP in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Palestine (the West Bank) and Tajikistan. Each month, students collaborate on one monthly lesson, highlighting the skills of cross-cultural understanding and global citizenship.

For more information on GCEP projects in our partner countries, please visit:
GCEP Afghanistan
GCEP Bangladesh
GCEP Middle East
GCEP Tajikistan

If you are a teacher or student interested in joining our GCEP projects, please email Bozena

May 2007 Project: Community Treasure Maps

May's lesson gives students a chance to evaluate the "treasured resources" available to them in their community. Students participate in a brief brainstorming activity focusing on typical summer activities in their community. After discussing the role global citizens take in their local communities, students will re-assess the types of institutions, organizations and individuals to which they would direct visitors in their community. In groups, students will create maps of “treasured resources” that work to support environmental, educational, cultural and health issues in their community. These maps are shared here on the GCYP wikispace, encouraging students to visit and discuss important organizations and institutions in their communities and around the world over the summer. By posting to and visiting our "World Treasures" wiki page, students, teachers and global citizens everywhere gain a clearer view of organizations and people working towards change in communities all over the world. Here's how!

Teachers, the full lesson plan can be found here

April 2007 Project: Imagining our Future

April's lesson gives students a chance to envision their communities in 2015, when the UNESCO goal of "Education for All" has been met. After a brief in-class reflection activity, students in small groups will brainstorm the sorts of changes that must happen in their community in order for this goal to be reached – politically, economically and socially. Students will create “newspaper” articles written in 2015, by which time the UNESCO goal for primary education for every person in the world is intended to have been reached. Students will publish these articles on the GCYP “News from the World’s Future” wikispace, sharing their communities’ needs and potential with their fellow students around the world.

Teachers, the full lesson plan can be found here

March 2007 Project: Methods of Youth Activism

March’s lesson focuses on methods of youth activism. The lesson aims at providing students and teachers with a framework by which to design a service learning project. Students will discuss their personal talents and skills, learn about the three major methods of youth activism, and finally decide whether they would like to take action on the local, national, or international level. Students will design projects that will integrate their skills and talents, and will be asked to find at least three helpful web resources for their project. All students are encouraged to create a Project Page using the Service Project Template, and to link it to our main Youth Service Projects wiki.

Teachers, the full lesson can be found here

February 2007 Project: The Right to Education

During February, students around the world will focus on the importance of education for their future lives. Students can edit the page The Right to Education and give their opinions on the importance of education to their future health, economic security, ability to participate in politics and the environment. Together, students may collaborate on a joint letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, which RI-SOL will send to the office of the Secretary General.

February 2007 Lesson Plan

January 2007 Project: Food as a Human Right

RI-SOL has added five new pages to its wikispace! These pages, to be edited by students and teachers, act as Food Heritage Sites. Using the links below, GCYP participants may edit pages explaining the importance of food in their family, cultural, spiritual and national lives.

Food in the USA
Food in Afghanistan
Food in Bangladesh
Food in Palestine
Food in Tajikistan

Teachers, the full lesson plan can be found here
For some ideas, please visit the Food Museum online site!