The 20/20 Challenge is new to me, however it seems like a great way to collaborate globally. It is a program that focuses on 20 global problems which can be viewed locally at first and then taken globally when you collaborate with another school in another country. As they mention in the NAIS 20/20 Challenge website “Challenge 20/20 allows the students to see themselves as activists, not only in their community, but in the wider world.” (http://www.nais.org/Articles/Pages/Challenge-20-20.aspx) It is an opportunity for students to realize the importance and impact each and everyone has not only in our classroom but in the world, and how we can all work together to make global problems better for a better tomorrow.
Just as I have become aware of this initiative, I urge you to look into the 20/20 Challenge. I understand that as teachers we feel our plate is already full with curriculum expectations and deadlines, however this is a project that not only can be used in conjunction with our PYP units, but it has transcendental value as it focuses on real life issues that affect everyday life and one of today’s and tomorrow’s fundamental skills: collaboration.
It may be too soon to jump into this upcoming 20/20 challenge, but with some investigation and dedication, we could all rise to the 2014 20/20 challenge!