Global Kid Connect
A modern day pen pal program
Global Kid Connect facilitates meaningful dialogue between students and teachers in Pakistan and the United States weekly over the course of half an academic year. Scanned and uploaded letters, photos, and video are shared on a secure blog. Curriculum segments include themes about family, school, leadership, peace, culture, and geography.
We survey 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.
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.