[Challenge:Future] C:F NETWORK EXPANSION PROGRAM (CFNEP)
CHALLENGE:FUTURE NETWORK EXPANSION PROGRAMME (CFNEP) Educating for Sustainability and Innovation SUBMITTED BY MICHAEL IYANRO NIGERIA PEOPLE REACHED:764 YOUTHSCHANNELS USED:1. CHALLENGE:FUTURE YOUTH HUB PROGRAMS2. CHALLENGE:FUTURE PROJECT-PAIRS3. CHALLENGE:FUTURE YOUTH INNOVATORS BADGE4. CHALLENGE:FUTURE YOUNG INNOVATOR HALL OF FAME MEDAL AND INDUCTION
THE PLAN• In order to tackle the challenges of the 21st century, we must prepare the next generation for their global reality. The world’s hardworking teachers and professors often lack adequate time, resources and support to prepare our youth for an increasingly globalized society while still meeting important curricula standards. CFNEP use the power of online community to facilitate global education, social entrepreneurship , and civic engagement for millions of youth worldwide .• The CFNEP program is a unique 3-semester global leadership and professional development opportunity for university students transforming them into 21st century leaders through innovative trainings that build responsible, global citizenship and empower students with critical life-skills needed for careers in today’s increasingly globalized world.• CFNEP Hubs engage students in service-learning by empowering them as facilitators of a global education curriculum in local middle/high school classrooms that are linked with partner classrooms in another country.• CFNEP university student Project Ambassadors establishes collaborative working relationships with university peers abroad in order to guide their mentee middle/high school youth in effective, cross-cultural/Idea exchange.• CFNEP Project links middle and high school, universities, mono/polytechnics and colleges of education classrooms with partner-classrooms abroad. Trained university and colleges of education student mentors facilitates the exchange ensuring high quality partnerships as well as youth-to-youth mentorship opportunities. Through a unique curriculum that encourages collaborative learning, CFNEP create global communities while strengthening local communities. The CFNEP program is offered free of charge but participating youth must get registered on the C:F website and retrieve a unique identification number to have access to the CFNEP hub (IMPORTANT CRITERIA FOR EVERYONE).• CFNEP approaches the program execution from three sides:• (1) CFNEP partners with organizations, company, universities and colleges to:• Establish an innovative service-learning program that empowers university students as STEAM (Science+ Technology+ Engineering+ Arts+Mathematics) Innovation facilitators in local, public middle and high school classrooms, and linking campuses across the world to a network of engaged universities, allowing for student facilitators to work together across borders as advocates for their classrooms.• (2) CFNEP provides middle, high school, colleges of education, and universities with:• A global education curricula program that builds critical thinking, problem-solving, and awareness of shared global and local challenges in STEAM field. CFNEP engage a team of trained university student facilitators to lead global learning and STEAM competency curriculum once a week and a cross exchange opportunity with partner classrooms abroad.• (3) Exceptional students from the program are listed in the C:F YOUNG INNOVATORS Hall of Fame and subsequently given the C:F Prestigious INNOVATORS BADGE.
HOW CFNEP WORKS... Youth participants are able to communicate directly with their project pair group as well as with the entire CHALLENGE:FUTURE Project community... heres how! Youth are able to directly communicate with the youth of their sister-school through: - Pen-pal letter correspondence - Password protected internet message-boards - CFNEP’s Conversation Bursts - Read News From Participant All Over The World -Learn About The Communities Of The Project Representative From Their Representative Blog Entries “By empowering universities as leaders in enhancing the education of secondary school youth, we prepare university students for future professional opportunities. CFNEP connects schools to transform students into empowered, discerning and empathetic global citizens.” –Michael Iyanro, Initiator Challenge Future Network Expansion Programme THE INITIATOR OF CFNEP MR. MICHAEL IYANRO EXPLAINING THE VISION & MISSION OF C:F AND THE GOALS OF CFNEP PROJECT TO THE AUDIENCE DURING THE PROJECT LAUNCH.BELOW ARE THE CROSS-SECTION OF CFNEP LAUNCHING ATTENDEE IN ABEOKUTA, OGUN STATE NIGERIA
CFNEP Toolkit• A 4-unit University/middle/high school curriculum covering innovation, sustainability, idea exchange on STEAM, global challenges, community mapping, service learning and project execution.• Training manuals & online resources.• Access to an online intranet for global collaboration and the sharing of best practices among participating university students around the world.• Access to the innovative Chatfé service that allows students to connect via cell phone across countries. This service will be for a price.• Exclusive access to CFNEP’s global education, online lesson-plan library.• A Flip Video camera valued at a price.RESULTS OF PROGRAM LAUNCH The program launch was carried out in partnership with NATIONAL YOUTH SERVICE CORPS COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT SERVICE UNIT OGUN STATE CHAPTER NIGERIA of which I MICHAEL IYANRO was the PRESIDENT. 764 YOUTHS participated in the launching. In less than 5 weeks, CFNEP has brought the world to 15 under- resourced middle and high school classrooms in Ogun State Nigeria making it possible for young people to learn about and communicate with other parts of the globe without having to physically leave their school. CFNEP is presently working to connect 20 schools in 6 West-African countries, 3 in Slovenia, 3 in the Middle-East and 3 USA states, in order to impact the lives of thousands of young people. CFNEP will design and implement over 40 service learning projects in the coming year. By 2015, our goal is to engage over 200 universities, polytechnic, colleges of education, and middle/high school classrooms around the world. “ I am fascinated by the role that interdisciplinary, cross-sector approaches can play in solving our most difficult problems in all ramifications. This is connected to the notion that we can expedite the innovation cycle through partnerships across all sector. Exporting this approach can also have powerful implications for Youths in creating a new platform to promote the power and excitements in innovation. Incidentally, I created this program as an exemplar of a vanguard program that promotes the type of unique connections that have the potential to bring about tremendous change for good in the world and for Challenge:Future. Furthermore, I created this program as a networking channel for viable partnership with youths from other parts of the world and the Challenge:Future team to facilitate a creative partnership design process to transform ideas into businesses. I created this project in order to work with multiple partner organizations across the Challenge:Future network to ideate, build and test real innovative solutions with real market value. My overall objective is to be able to expose a younger generation to the community of thinkers and doers in the innovation sector with the added dimension of assembling interdisciplinary teams around a shared cause and ultimately building a generation of World Re-builders. “-Michael Iyanro
CFNEP As New Face of Global Education:• How is CFNEP different?• Nimble• CFNEP connect youth without demanding the resource-heavy element of travel.• CFNEP provide high impact, low-cost cultural exchange experiences to students who may not have the economic ability to travel abroad.• Inclusive• CFNEP offered free of charge to middle and high schools, allowing the program to reach even the most under- resourced school districts.• Equitable & Global• CFNEP bring youth together into a neutral space in order to ‘even the playing field’ of international interaction. We believe that all communities have assets and challenges.• Sustainable• CFNEP encourage long-term relationships; this is not a one-time conference or trip abroad but rather a way of learning that will become a way of life for students who participate in the program.• Flexible• CFNEP provide strong, consistent management of the program and works with schools to customize curriculum to meet the needs of their unique campus or classroom.• EXPECTED IMPACT BY THE YEAR 2020• 10 million Young people (age 13-30) reached by 2020 worldwide• Engagement across 13 languages, and in every country and territory in the world• Thought leadership through presenting at over 500 education, technology, development, business, and youth conferences and events• Partnerships across sectors with over 8 U.N. agencies, dozens of international civil society organizations, several top-tier technology companies (Microsoft, Adobe, Cisco, Best Buy, Staples), and leading-edge foundations across the world.• Global recognition from the World Economic Forum and Tech Museum of Innovation