The COVID-19 pandemic is one of the examples of strong discontinuity in social life, already impacting our way of thinking, living and teaching.
The current public health emergency is reminding us that there is no Planet B, that interdependency among nations, human beings and ecosystems cannot be ignored without consequence, and credible solutions to global problems cannot be based exclusively on national or nationalistic perspectives.
The school shutdown is depriving teachers and learners alike of the personal relationships that are fundamental to the exercise of teaching and learning. Then Distance learning (DL) presents both risks and opportunities. DL is risking a further decrease of students’ active participation and forced exclusion of an important portion of students. In this context, content and methodologies of Global Citizenship Education can, as always, together with the digital competences, help to mitigate such risk, facing students’ reasonable questions and connecting their lives and local environments to the great global challenges, stimulating the active participation and competences of citizenship: such competences have been highlighted in recent weeks as one of the essential tools for the resolution of this crisis (e.g. respect for common rules for the protection of the public health and the community of purpose towards a decreasing number of infections)…
Distance learning is creating a set of teaching solutions among partners and teachers involved in the Get up and Goals! project too. We are collecting and publishing resources to inspire many European teachers.
They will find practical tools and activities adapted to DL connecting school subjects with global issues.