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Global
Thinkers

Program for Upper Primary

& Secondary Students

Why Global Thinkers?

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Educating Global Citizens for the 21st Century.

Global Thinkers programme prepares our young generation to be a Global Citizen, by helping them to gain a deeper understanding of how the world works, and equipping them with the skills to become a Critical Thinker and Effective Communicator

3 Key Learning Objectives

  Build awareness about   
pervasive global issues   

Build awareness about pervasive global issues

Build awareness about pervasive global issues

Cultivate high order   
critical thinking skills 
Develop the ability to  
communicate ideas    effectively & persuasively 

Develop the ability to communicate ideas effectively and persuasively

Develop the ability to communicate ideas effectively and persuasively

(1) Build Awareness About Pervasive Global Issues

 

The students of today are the decision-makers of tomorrow.

 

We live in a world that is struggling with many economic, social and environmental challenges.

Our young generation must be made aware of these challenges,

so that they can grow to become responsible and actionable Global Citizens

Equipping the students with understanding of global issues gives them a competitive edge in the job market.

5 Reasons that Show the Importance of Global Awareness In Making A Better Future!

Why global awareness matters to schools

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Curriculum Outline

Global Thinkers programme covers the following key aspects:

News Update

A 10-minute update on breaking news or significant happenings around the world in the past week. This serves as a way to help the students stay informed with world news, and provides a platform for them to discuss about these current affairs.

Global Issues

A lecture will be given each week, which covers a wide arrays of topics, from politics & economics, to space travel and artificial intelligence! The students will learn to harness their own unique critical perspectives on these global issues.

Sustainable Development Goals

We incorporate the teaching of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into our curriculum. SDGs are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all, by addressing challenges such as poverty, inequality, climate change, peace and justice. Through the learning of SDGs, students will develop an awareness and insights into challenges of the wider world, and learn to make informed decisions and take responsible actions

We start our weekly lessons with a 10-minute update on breaking news or significant happenings around the world in the past week! 

 News of the Week 

We start our weekly lessons with a 10-minute update on breaking news or significant happenings around the world in the past week.

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Sample News  Slides

 Lecture of the Day 

We start our weekly lessons with a 10-minute update on breaking news or significant happenings around the world in the past week! 

A lecture will be given each week, which covers a wide arrays of topics, from politics & economics, to space travel and artificial intelligence!

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Sample Lecture Slides

 Sustainable   Development Goals 

We start our weekly lessons with a 10-minute update on breaking news or significant happenings around the world in the past week! 

We incorporate the teaching of Sustainable Development Goals in our Global Thinkers programme to provides new perspectives and real-world context to the topics taught.

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Sample Lecture Slides

(2) Cultivate High Order Critical Thinking Skills

 

Teaching children to become Critical Thinkers is increasingly recognised as an immediate goal of education. Studies show that students who were given critical thinking lessons made statistically significant improvements in language comprehension, inventive thinking and IQ (Herrnstein et al 1986).

Critical thinking is not something that happen as a by-product of our everyday education.

It requires very deliberate kind of instructions. Students need to be able to identify critical thinking skills, define them and apply them. (Diane Halpern, psychologist)

Teaching critical thinking: An evidence-based guide

What is critical thinking? An expert psychologist tells | Psychlopaedia

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Critical Thinking Training Methods

In Global Thinkers classes, the students are taught and challenged to think critically.

Here are some of the critical thinking concepts taught:

Correlation vs Causation 

Cognitive Biases         

Logical Fallacies

Conscious vs Subconscious Mind 

Lateral Thinking                                  

Information vs Perspective

Students are coached on how to define and identify these critical thinking concepts, and ​engage in various activities to help them hone their critical thinking skills. This helps improve their ability to analyse and evaluate arguments presented by others and construct their own persuasive arguments. They will also learn how to apply deductive and inductive standards for assessing arguments and how to detect and avoid fallacies.

Understanding Critical Thoughts
Understanding Critical Thoughts

How critical thinking helps us make better decision

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By understanding that correlation does not imply causation, one can make better judgement which then lead to a sound conclusion.

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Critical Thinking Activity
Critical Thinking Activity

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Understanding Critical Thoughts

How critical thinking helps us make better decision

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     Sample Lecture Slides     

(3) Develop  the ability to communicate ideas effectively & persuasively

 

The ability to communicate effectively is one of the most important life skills to learn. A student who is good at communicating verbally often perform better academically. Good communication skills are listed  as one of the most desirable skills on nearly every job specification. 

Communication skills can be developed and refined with practice. Each communication skill, such as how to give a good presentation or impromptus speech, needs to be explicitly taught in order to equip a learner with the skills to be an Effective Communicator.

Importance of communication skills for students

Teaching communication skills

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Effective Communication Training Methods

Global Thinkers programme is designed to ease students into speaking, presenting and debating. Where debate places emphasis on a sharper, more confrontational manner of presentation, Global Thinkers hones in on more ‘real world’ applications, such as individual/group presentations, impromptu speeches, and extemporaneous speaking. Students are trained in a structured manner to construct deductive arguments, learn how to read the audience, create strong, persuasive speeches, and articulate their own thoughts. 

Guide to identifying stakeholders & prioritizing ideas
Creating strong, persuasive speeches
The tools of persuasion
Building speech structure
Speech activity
Speech activity

     Sample Lecture Slides     

Feedback From Existing Parents

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“ My daughter enjoys the classes. It's eye opening for her. During dinner, she will challenge us by asking us lots of questions she learnt in class.”

“ Thanks for the organising the holiday programme. My boy is enjoying the sessions. He told his dad on his way to football practice today that it's the most interesting online lesson he has attended! In fact he's asking if there's anymore.”

“ This class has given my son a wider perspective of the world as well as boosted his confidence in speaking as well. I really appreciate all the time and effort put into preparing all the sessions and the way the trainers deliver the information too.”

“ Global Thinkers is a good exposure for the young kids which they can eventually use such skills to advance to higher levels.”

“The trainers are very cheerful and know how to engage with the children, which makes it easy for my boy to learn so many interesting, complex and informative knowledge from the class.”

“ These young teachers really know how to draw his attention. He was there 100% for the whole duration!”

“ Thanks for coming up with this programme. No one has done this.”

Application of Knowledge & Skills to Real Life Context

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YOUTH-LED INITIATIVE

We connect our Debate & Global Thinkers Seniors students through a youth-led platform, Youthnited Vision, which provides them the opportunity to utilise the knowledge and skills gained to help run initiatives which contribute towards the achievement of UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

 

These senior students help to organise monthly SDGs Virtual Talks, provide free online courses to underprivileged children, and run initiatives relating to sustainability.

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Meet Our Trainers

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