Global Updates From World View
December 2008

Service Learning and Giving for Global Education

Global Education
in NC

Onslow County Students are Changing the World, One Bed Net at a Time

Richlands Primary School second grade teacher Gena Misciagno and her students are helping to make the world a better and safer place for families in Africa. Together they are raising money for Nothing But Nets, an organization working to reduce malaria-related deaths. For only $10, a bed net with protection from the malaria-carrying mosquitoes, can be purchased and distributed to a family, community, or village in need and can last for up to four years. To read more and see additional photographs click here.

“My students are very excited about this and feel good about becoming global citizens.  I know this will be a very rewarding and meaningful experience."

Send a net.  Save a life.  Together we can cover this continent.
Ms. Misciagno's students at Richlands Primary School.

Service-learning is just one component of making global education successful and provides a meaningful educational experience. This type of experience also lets students develop new skills and explore career options. If service learning is not an option, consider a short-term project or fundraising campaign to support an international charity. As the holiday season is upon us, you and your students may be thinking of ways to reach out to those who are less fortunate. If you don't have time before the holidays, consider it a New Year's resolution to start a classroom project to help others and take advantage of this opportunity to help teach your students about global issues and regions. Included in this Update are a few organizations and programs that offer ways for students to actively engage in supporting a cause, either through a service-learning project, fundraising experience, or public service campaign.

African Library Project
The African Library Project offers a hands-on activity for students to learn about Africa while contributing to African literacy. U.S. schools run book drives for gently used, unwanted books to meet the specific needs of a school in sub-Saharan Africa.  The African Library Project partners with Peace Corps Volunteers and African nationals who provide the space, shelving, staffing, training, and community support for a library.

Books for Africa
Books for Africa is an organization that collects textbooks and distributes them throughout Africa to schoolchildren who are anxious to learn and do not have the necessary tools. They receive books that are donated by publishers, individuals, libraries and schools and send enough of the same book for an entire African classroom. Since 1988, Books for Africa has shipped over 20 million books to 44 countries.

Corporation for National and Community Service
The Corporation for National and Community Service supports the American culture of citizenship, service and responsibility. The Corporation is the nation’s largest grantmaker supporting service and volunteering.

Feed the Children
Feed the Children has many campaigns to raise money for children worldwide. Visit for project and fundraising ideas.

Heifer International
Heifer International is an organization that allows a classroom to purchase livestock or other value-providing animals for a needy community on the other side of the world. There are gift options ranging from a flock of chicks to llamas to water buffalos, each of which provide a community with renewable sources of food or clothing or farming help. The animals that classrooms purchase help communities all over the globe who are facing hunger and poverty. The “Chores for Change” program of Heifer International is a volunteer service program for youth.

Hunger Banquet
Hosting an Oxfam hunger banquet at your school will give students a first-hand experience to witness inequalities in income distribution and wealth in the world. Hunger banquet guests are assigned varying roles, which represent different levels of income worldwide. The assigned role determines how much food is given at the dinner. Students will see that not all are equal and many people living in poverty will go hungry. For tips on organizing your own Hunger Banquet go to:

Learn and Serve America
Learn and Serve is a federal grants program supporting service-learning programs in schools and community organizations. The website provides background information on service-learning, in addition to project ideas, resources for sources of funding, tool kits, lesson plans and syllabi. The organization can provide direct and indirect support to K-12 schools and higher education institutions to facilitate service learning projects.

Learn and Serve K-12 North Carolina
Developed by the NC Department of Public Instruction, this site gives more information about service-learning in North Carolina including what it is, why do it, and how to start a program. NCDPI administers the federal grant from Learn and Serve America.

Learning to Give
Learning to give is a non-profit organization that works to educate youth about philanthropy, the nonprofit and volunteer sector, and the importance of giving their time, talent and treasure for the common good. This site provides curriculum resources for teachers who are engaging students in philanthropy.

Malaria No More
Malaria No More is a non-profit, non-governmental organization with a mission to reduce deaths due to malaria. The site provides ideas for fundraising and engaging students and the community.

National Service-Learning Partnership
This is a national organization dedicated to the promotion of service-learning as a core element of the K-12 curriculum. The site has many resources for getting connected to a service-learning project.

National Youth Leadership Council
NYLC has led a movement linking youths, educators, and communities to redefine the roles of young people in society. The newly released K-12 Service-Learning Standards for Quality Practice helps identify best practices for service-learning.

Nothing But Nets
Nothing But Nets is a grassroots campaign to save lives by preventing malaria, a leading killer of children in Africa. The Nothing But Nets campaign challenges all of us to raise $10 in order to provide a bed net for a family in Africa. (See what one school in Onslow County is doing to save lives in Africa!)

Pennies for Peace
Pennies for Peace, a program of the Central Asia Institute, helps classrooms collect pennies to aid people from other countries, while also introducing students to people and places from around the world. The website offers ideas on how to get children involved, how to teach them about the importance of these small donations, and how their money might help people on the other side of the world.

Plant for the Planet
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) launched a worldwide tree planting campaign. Under the Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign, individuals, communities, business and industry, civil society organizations and governments are encouraged to enter tree planting pledges on this website with the objective of planting at least 7 billion trees worldwide before the end of 2009.

Roots & Shoots
Roots & Shoots, a program of the Jane Goodall Institute, is a youth-driven, global network of thousands of youth in almost 100 countries. Together, youth of all ages are taking action to improve our world through service learning projects that promote care and concern for animals, the environment, and the human community.

Students in Service to America
A Guidebook for Engaging America’s Students in a Lifelong Habit of Service
The materials on this site can help you plan student service opportunities to engage youth. Students in Service to America’s goal is for young people to learn about the rich democratic traditions in America, to help meet important community needs, and to become responsible and engaged citizens.

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF
Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF invites children to add meaning to their Halloween celebrations by fundraising for UNICEF. The Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF program has raised millions of dollars since the campaign began in 1950. Present in 155 countries and territories, UNICEF delivers clean water, food, vaccines, school supplies and emergency relief to children in need.

Global Education in NC

Onslow County Students are Changing the World, One Bed Net at a Time

Richlands Primary School second grade teacher Gena Misciagno and her students are helping to make the world a better and safer place for families in Africa. Together they are raising money for Nothing But Nets, an organization working to reduce malaria-related deaths. For only $10, a bed net with protection from the malaria-carrying mosquitoes, can be purchased and distributed to a family, community, or village in need and can last for up to four years. Ms. Misciagno and her students started a classroom project called “Nickels for Nets” to help contribute to this international campaign. Not only has Ms. Misciagno raised money, she also has taken this opportunity to teach her students about the people and cultures in many African countries and about Malaria and its impact. Ms. Misciagno has developed curriculum for her classroom, as well as for art and music classes that meet the NC’s Standard Course of Study. While teaching global awareness, Ms. Misciagno is giving students a chance to become active global citizens. World View applauds Ms. Misciagno and the students of Richlands Primary School!

 Richlands Primary School Students putting money in "Nickels for Nets" donation box

NC Educators Here's Your Challenge:
I truly believe that if every classroom could donate just $10, we could really make a difference for those families who suffer from Malaria.  It is so inexpensive and so easy to become involved.” (G. Misciagno)

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The UNC School of Education and World View present:
Technology Tools for Global Education - 
2009 Workshop Series

Jan 22, Feb 19, March 19, April 16 (Thursdays)
Carolina Center for Educational Excellence

Series Overview: Recognizing the need to support teachers as they prepare students with 21st Century Learning Skills, this series of four 3-hour workshops focus on the integration of global education into any classroom. In addition to attending the workshops, participants will read and respond to articles on global learning, track their use of technology in the classroom, and create a wiki to identify global connections in their schools and counties.

The workshops are designed in a linear fashion to take the participant from the "tourist classroom" to creating a global classroom using technology. The workshops include the following sessions:

  • Day 1, January 22, 2009:       
    What Is Global Education?
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    Exploring a Global Classroom
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    Crafting a Global Experience
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    Participating in a Global Experience

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Performing Artists from the Shen Wei Dance Company to Work with Teachers!
January 21, 2009
Reynolds Industries Theater
Duke University

Shen Wei Dance Arts, a modern dance company led by Chinese-born choreographer Shen Wei, will present an Informational Performance for students and teachers about current work exploring Tibet, Cambodia, and the Silk Road. The show is most relevant to dance and social studies classes. This event is FREE and *Bus subsidies of $100 are available for schools expressing need.

Seating is limited and available for reservations on a first-come, first-served basis. To request seats, please contact Cindy Carlson at the Duke University Asian/Pacific Studies Institute at or 919-668-2280 Please indicate:

1. Requested number of students and number of adults
2. Grade/s
3. Primary curricular connection for your students – dance or social studies
4. If bus subsidy is needed

During the school performance on January 21, Shen Wei and his dancers will engage the audience in the geographical and cultural aspects of the works as well as how one explores geographical themes through the medium of modern dance.

On the heels of choreographing the Beijing Olympics’ opening ceremonies and premiering Re- (Part 1), Chinese-born Shen Wei is continuing work on his first large-scale piece that directly examines the East Asian history and geography from where he came. To learn more about the company or to see video clips of Shen Wei Dance Arts, and the part of the Olympics Opening Ceremony that Shen Wei choreographed visit:

Partnership for 21st Century Skills: English Map

The 21st Century Skills has released the English Map, which provides educators with teacher-created models of how 21st century skills can be infused into English classes.
By providing lesson examples that combine core skills like critical thinking, creativity and innovation with interdisciplinary themes (civic, economic and entrepreneurial literacy and global awareness), the map provides concrete examples of how to align teaching and learning to the demands of the 21st century.
In addition, the map cites specific student outcomes and provides project models that will result in enhanced student achievement in grades 4, 8, and 12. For example, fourth graders, after reading several folktales and viewing two to three cartoons, write their own contemporary version of a folktale and present them as a stop-motion or Claymation film.

This helps students, through typical reading and project work, learn how to communicate new ideas to others and demonstrate originality and inventiveness in schoolwork.
To integrate 21st century skills at the high school level, teams of students create a virtual fieldtrip for elementary school students. In addition to creating a video and narration detailing the site, students research background information and interview appropriate experts such as park rangers, tour guides and historians. The students then use a project management tool to organize tasks, assignments and deadlines. Through this project, students assume shared responsibility for collaborative work and demonstrate the ability to work effectively with diverse teams and creativity to plan an interactive fieldtrip for younger students. 

To access the new English Map go to: