Founded in 1998, global Teenager Project (GTP) offers collaborative global learning to over 20.000 students in 40 countries. Initiated and co-funded by the International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD), TP offers thematic online Learning Circles to elementary, secondary and vocational schools, including schools providing special needs education. GTP Learning Circles are offered twice a year and incorporate themes based on the Millennium Development Goals.
GTP uses web-based classrooms to connect learners from around the world to discuss contemporary topics ranging from the environment to global health issues. Students are grouped into Learning Circles through a wiki platform. Learning Circles improve communication skills, enlighten students about other cultures, and enliven the classroom while improving students’ ICT proficiency. GTP also offers teachers an online methodology course that teaches them how to incorporate Learning Circles in the classroom.
GTP Kenya, the Kenyan branch of GTP, focuses on teacher training on ICT to aid in the development of teacher materials. Fifty teachers have been trained on how to use basic computer applications and multimedia resources to enable them to take advantage of Learning Circles for their students. Eventually, teachers capacity is developed so they are able to develop their own teaching materials using ICT, broaden their network of educators through GTP, and secure technological resources such as donated computers for disadvantaged schools. Through continued partnerships with international students and instructors, GTP hopes to expand its programs to new demographics such as early childhood education.
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CEI approaches in action
GTP Kenya launched in 2000, but between 2003-2004, shifted its focus from student Learning Circles to teacher training on ICT to aid in the development of teacher materials. The program also donates computers to schools. Globally, GTP initially launched as a program for secondary schools but has expanded to include primary schools and teacher training.
GTP plans to expand to special education schools in order to include disabled and visually impaired children in the Learning Circles. GTP also intends to expand to more countries and develop new thematic Learning Circles. In Kenya, GTP has partnered with iEARN and PEMA education to increase participation in the Learning Circles.
Monitoring & Evaluation
GTP carries out the following activities as part of its M&E strategy:
- School visits during Learning Circles
- Monitoring online activities
- Creating surveys and forums for regular feedback