Global Kid Connect

A modern day pen pal program between youth in the U.S. and youth in Pakistan

Global Kid Connect facilitates a dialogue of cultural exchange between students and teachers in Pakistan and the west. Scanned and uploaded letters, photos, and video are shared on a blog. Curriculum segments include themes about family, school, leadership, peace, culture, and geography.

Students that have participated say their experience has revolutionized how they think of and interact with people that are different than them. If you are a parent or teacher interested in cultivating cross cultural dialogue and more informed global citizens, you can learn more and sign up here.

Stories: We survey all participants at the conclusion of the school year and one year had a female student in Pakistan attribute her ongoing ability to attend school to the relationship she had with a classmate in Colorado. The father of the student in Pakistan pulled her from school despite the attempts by school staff to convince him to allow his daughters to continue their studies. It wasn’t until he was showed a letter from his daughter’s pen pal…He was so moved that someone so far away cared about the education of his daughters, that he decided to re-instate them.

Coverage in The Aspen Times is available here.

Aspen Community School teacher, Bryan Long led his students in Global Kid Connect activities, allowing the students to share more about themselves and their school with their Pakistani counterparts. Here is their final video project for the Pakistani pen pals

Overview of program

Previous participant inspiration to do project on Pakistani figurehead.

Student creation to reflect what she had learned about Pakistan: Maddie’s presentation 

Sheikhupura School

Primary school and vocational training center in Sheikhupura

Barakahu School

Primary school in Barakahu, an urban slum of Islamabad

Vocational Education

Providing skills to mothers and women in the communities we work

 

Global Kids Connect

An exchange between youth in Colorado and youth in Pakistan