KYWI Hot topic

Your students can develop skills as collaborative 21st century problem-solvers by joining the Know Your World Initiative (KYWI) Hot Topic Global Dialogues with students around the world on WorldVuze, starting this January 2017!

What are the KYWI Hot Topic Global Dialogues?

The Know Your World Initiative Hot Topic Global Dialogues engages students in discussions on challenging and thought-provoking global issues, from the refugee crisis, to land disputes, to energy and the economy, using real-world country case studies. This helps student learn how to:

  • Examine the impact of potential “solutions” to real-world issues from multiple points of view by answering KYWI discussion questions on WorldVuze from the perspectives of multiple stakeholders
  • Think collaboratively by integrating the ideas and perspectives of other students around the world 
  • Think critically by using the case study information and global student perspectives to debate as a class on what they believe would be a “preferred solution” and why
  • Reflect on their own thinking and understand, when it comes to the complex issues they are discussing, they are making a decision with limited information and there is no one “correct” or “perfect” choice 

Who are the KYWI Global Dialogues for?

These dialogues are suitable for students from 12 to 20 years old (i.e. Grades 6-12) in social studies, civics, geography, world issues, and economics classrooms. School clubs can also join, such as Model UN.

Upcoming Dialogues

Your class can join one or all of these discussions with classrooms around the world, including classrooms in Kenya, Israel, and Canada:

Botswana – Land Use: The Sedudu Confrontation (January 23rd-Feb 3rd) (date changes)

Angola – Refugees: How best do we handle refugees? (May 8th-May 26th) 

How it Works?

Before the Discussion

Join WorldVuze for free with your class or school club!

Teachers, sign up for free now on www.worldvuze.com and create a class for your students to safely engage in this meaningful dialogue!

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Students, if you’re not already on WorldVuze, ask your teacher to sign-up on www.worldvuze.com and create a class for you to join!

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Week 1

  1. Introduce your class to the Know Your World Initiative case study brief on worldvuze.com/takeaction/kywi. The case studies will be posted at least 1 week before the start of the discussion (see the calendar below).
  2. Divide your class into the different “stakeholder groups” listed in the case study and debate as a class, as these stakeholders, on what you think would be the most sustainable solution to the case study problem. Use only the information presented in the case study.
  3. Students log onto WorldVuze and share your perspectives on the Know Your World Initiative Dialogue questions (tagged KYWI), as part of a global dialogue. Answer the questions as the stakeholder you were assigned to in the class debate. Students can log onto WorldVuze in class or at home.

Week 2

  1. Students log back onto WorldVuze to investigate how other students assigned to your same stakeholder group interacted with this case study (i.e. how they were affected by the problem, what they thought the preferred solution should be, and what they thought the impact of the class solution would be)
  2. Discuss as a class any similarities and differences between how the same “stakeholder groups” interacted with the case study
  3. Students, share your final reflections on WorldVuze on whether these new international perspectives you found on WorldVuze, shared by students in other classrooms, would change the way you would address the case study problem.

Calendar

Case Study 1: BotswanaJanuary - February 2017Activities
Pre-DialogueJanuary 16th- Optional Introduction Webinar For Teachers (Jan 16th @12pm EST)
- Sign-Up to WorldVuze
Week 1January 23rd-January 27th- Introduce Botswana Case Study
- In-class debate as case study stakeholders
- Students answer Know Your World Initiative questions on WorldVuze as your assigned stakeholder group
Week 2January 30th-Feb 3rd-Explore other student perspectives on WorldVuze in your same stakeholder group
-Discuss as a class similarities and differences in how other classrooms approached the case study
-Share final reflections on WorldVuze and whether these new perspectives would change how you would address the case study problem
Case Study 2: AngolaFebruary- March 2017Activities
Week 1February 20-24th- Introduce Angola Case Study
- In-class debate as case study stakeholders
- Students answer Know Your World Initiative questions on WorldVuze as your assigned stakeholder group
Week 2February 27th-March 3rd-Explore other student perspectives on WorldVuze in your same stakeholder group
-Discuss as a class similarities and differences in how other classrooms approached the case study
-Share final reflections on WorldVuze and whether these new perspectives would change how you would address the case study problem
Case Study 3: NorwayMay 2017Activities
Week 1May 8th-12th- Introduce Norway Case Study 
- In-class debate as case study stakeholders
- Students answer Know Your World Initiative questions on WorldVuze as your assigned stakeholder group
Week 2May 15th-19th-Explore other student perspectives on WorldVuze in your same stakeholder group
-Discuss as a class similarities and differences in how other classrooms approached the case study
-Share final reflections on WorldVuze and whether these new perspectives would change how you would address the case study problem

KYWI Video Facilitation Tips

If you are new to facilitating debates in your class, these quick video tips from the Know Your World Initiative team can help: 

Tip 1: What criteria is used to divide students into the various “stakeholders” or offices?

Tip 2: How do you authenticate the information being provided to students? 

Tip 3: What expectations do the students have of the facilitator? What are some of the expected impacts on the program for students?

Tip 4: What is the role of the facilitator from beginning to end of the session? How does the facilitator effectively manage the time? Are there any rules you should follow during the debate or role playing session?

Tip 5: What kind of conflict may arise during the role playing session? How do you ensure equality between parties/stakeholders during the role playing session?

Tip 6: What have you learnt from your experiences as facilitators? What advice do you have for future facilitators?

Please share any questions you have by emailing Joel Okwemba at the Know Your World Initiative at knowyourworldinitiative@gmail.com or by typing in your questions in the comment section of the Youtube videos.


 

About Know Your World Initiative

The Centre for International and Security Affairs is a budding research facility, think-tank and a consulting not-for-profit organization, based in Kenya. The Know Your World Initiative is a Program of the Centre for International and Security Affairs that advances the Peace and Security Agenda through the promotion of people to people relations and global citizenship education. See this slideshow Know Your World Initiative Introduction to learn more.

About WorldVuze

WorldVuze is a free online platform where K-12 students can safely engage in global discussions together by sharing and exploring perspectives with other students around the world on questions posted by classrooms, non-profits, and experts.