UClass and Concern Worldwide U.S. Partner in K-12 Global Earth Day Initiative

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Concern Worldwide U.S. and UClass are co-hosting the Earth Day Project: an opportunity for classrooms around the world to role-play as environmental problem-solvers. By uniting students across the world around such issues, these organizations are preparing the next generation to tackle the urgent climate issues the current generation is failing to solve.

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UClass and Global Concerns Classrooms host Earth Day project

“Global Concerns Classroom has developed top of the line global collaboration projects that we are honored to host on our global education platform because it asks students do more than learn; it encourages them to take action in their world" - UClass CEO

K-12 Global Education Coalition members Global Concerns Classroom and UClass are partnering this month for an international Earth Day project that asks students to help solve environmental problems affecting the developing world.

UClass and Global Concerns Classroom are both K-12 education networks that promote global connectivity and student exploration of global issues. UClass is a 21st century global learning community that connects classrooms with other classrooms around the world to develop global citizenship and build student capacity to solve the world’s most urgent problems. Global Concerns Classroom, the domestic education initiative of the international humanitarian organization Concern Worldwide U.S., empowers youth to explore global issues, speak out, and take action against poverty and hunger.

The Earth Day project, launched today, encourages kindergarten to 5th grade students to act as journalists reporting on a developing country’s environmental problem and asks 6th to 12th grade students to act as a non-governmental organization (NGO) devising an action plan to solve a developing country’s environmental challenge.

“We want students to not only strategize solutions to our world’s greatest environmental problems in their own classrooms, but also to gain critical perspectives from other students around the world by connecting on UClass,” says Zak Ringelstein, CEO and Co-Founder of UClass. “Problem-solving in the 21st century requires cross-cultural collaboration.”

“Humanitarian and environmental issues are inextricably linked,” says Amanda Ruckel, Education Officer for Global Concerns Classrooms. “Climate change is a primary driver of humanitarian crises, with extreme weather like floods and droughts bearing the greatest burden on the world’s poorest people. We hope the Earth Day project engages the next generation of change-makers in tackling how we can sustainably use our natural resources and curb increasing pressures on land, water, and energy.”

“Global Concerns Classroom has developed top of the line global collaboration projects that we are honored to host on our global education platform because it asks students do more than learn; it encourages them to take action in their world,” says Ringelstein.

To participate in the Earth Day Project teachers can follow the simple instructions at uclass.org/project5.

About UClass: UClass (also known as United Classrooms) is a Facebook-era global social learning network that connects classrooms from over 60 countries around the world to build student capacity to solve the world’s most urgent problems. UClass gives classrooms the opportunity to participate in global projects, global conversations around relevant issues and global pen pal relationships. UClass was founded by two U.S. public school teachers who made the following observation: If education is preparing students for the world that they live in, then insular 4-walled classrooms with limited exposure to the outside world simply cannot offer an excellent education. For more information, please visit http://www.uclass.org or follow us on Twitter at @uclassDOTorg.

About Concern Worldwide: Concern Worldwide is an international, non-governmental humanitarian organization dedicated to reducing extreme poverty, with more than 3,200 personnel working in 25 of the poorest countries in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. Concern Worldwide targets the root causes of extreme poverty through programs in health, education, livelihoods and microfinance, HIV and AIDS, and emergency response, directly reaching more than 6.5 million people. For more information, please visit http://www.concernusa.org or follow us on Twitter at @Concern.

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