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Rescue Mission Ghana
Welcome to the website of the Global Teenager Project

The Global Teenager Project is the result of co-operation between school Net South Africa and International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD). Both bodies are committed to stimulate the use of Cross-Cultural understanding.
Most specifically, the Global Teenager Project focuses on two-way communication and learning between students in different countries.

The project was established in 1998 following a pilot Internet Interchange between two schools in South Africa and schools in Netherlands. Focusing on teenagers in Secondary Schools, as well as their teachers, the Global Teenager Project has two principal objectives:

Firstly, by using the Internet and especially email to catalyze structured exchanges among schools and teachers, to foster inter-cultural awareness and understanding.
Secondly, by promoting new ways of learning and teaching, to enhance the opportunities to young people.

The first objective is focused on the use of Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) to connect local and international learners and teachers, developing educational content, promoting cross culture understanding and raising ICT literacy and awareness in schools.

The primary instrument is the 'learning circle'- interactive Internet and email platform where students and teachers meet to jointly research, discuss, and develop answers to learning goals. The International learning circles are hosted on a central platform, providing interfaces in English, French, and Spanish.

The Second objective uses ICTs to build educational impact on the ground, through improved learning content, new teaching methods, but also through local capacity development, networking, and use of ICTs. The focus is on individual teenagers, using ICTs to their educational experience more stimulating, challenging and ultimately more relevant in today's information societies.
The primary instruments of change are local Global Teenager 'Networks'. Operating as independent entities, these networks mainly comprise teachers but are led by local coordinators with necessary facilitation, ICT and pedagogical skills.
Key to the sustainability of these local networks is the local support of the Government, professional associations, and the private sector that these networks evolve into joint ventures or partnerships with other related ÍCT - enabled 'initiatives that may be active in the country.