’This is our Time’ is a fast paced, multilingual and intercultural global communications project for elementary and secondary schools, initiated for and developed in cooperation with the UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet). The ASPnet flagship project ‘This is our Time’ was originally launched on the occasion to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the UN and UNESCO on 16 November 1995. During a 24 hour online lesson marathon 40 schools from over 20 countries joined in Time activities, exchanged information and learned about and from each other.
The Time Project has evolved from a low key, small scale yet highly interactive project between 40 schools, to a global online network of over 300 dedicated and motivated schools, youth groups and UNESCO clubs.
‘Time’ seeks effective and innovative ways to enable young people from many different cultures and countries to meet each other in the virtual village, interact and communicate “face to face” on current issues such as sustainable development, rights of the child, peace, the intercultural dialogue, tolerance and related topics of global concern.
The activities Time offers are the interactive game “Unite the Nations” , “Classroom Twinning – Blogging Activity” , “Model United Nations” , “House of Commons Debates”, multipoint “Videoconferences” and an ICT project modelled on international development work in El Salvador entitled “Sharing a Dream – The Suchitoto Initiative.”
The Time Project promotes international cooperation based on sustainability and equality by facilitating the participation of schools with few resources. Participation is free of charge.
‘Time’ strives to offer students knowledge, skills and attitudes:
- Become familiar with the UN system, the workings of the United Nations, UNESCO and the Millennium Development Goals;
- Learn about and practise the concept of “intercultural learning”;
- Raise awareness of international cooperation, sustainable development, human rights, peace, tolerance, the intercultural dialogue and solidarity;
- Communication and language skills
- Critical thinking and problem solving
- Working together in a respectful, fun and innovative way
- Share ideas and proposals on their role in contributing to a better world;
- Be aware of other cultures and existing stereotypes
- Respect diversity of people, cultures, styles of life and ways of thinking
- Tolerate difference(s)
- Take responsibility for the world… today and tomorrow
- Think global and act local
The world is getting smaller. Global changes affect us all. In the turmoil of current events, this, indeed, is ‘our time’ for young people to stand up for their beliefs. By joining hands with fellow students from many different social, cultural and religious backgrounds tomorrow’s leaders gain a broader perspective on the world we all live in.
The project is meant to be international – we would like to involve schools, community groups and organisations within all time zones and both hemispheres.
During its history tens of thousands of youth from over 1000 schools, organisations, youth groups and communities from 99 countries have participated in Time.
The average age of the students is 10-19.
Time Headquarters in London, Ontario, Canada in partnership with Dr. Wim Didderen in The Netherlands, as well as the regional home bases, communicate with participating schools and organisations and develop activities that you will find in our e-learning site at http://timeproject.tiged.org/
Step 1: Sign up
Email Time Headquarters at email@example.com
Step 2: Register
You will be emailed a registration code for the e-learning site for Time Project
Step 3: Study and Prepare
Study the various activities and participants start preparing the activities.
Step 4: Student Registration
Some e-learning spots ie blog sites, require student registration
Step 5: Participate
The Time activities come together on one annual project day. The project day takes off at 00:00 UTC (Universal Time Code). At that time, or any other time during the next 24 hours, participants log into the Time website and are online. While carrying out Time activities the participants discuss, interact, learn and teach at the forum.
Step 6: Evaluate
Participants receive an evaluation-sheet and write a short report on their Time Project.
Step 7: Final report
The final report will be made available through this website
“Time” works with modern media such as the WWW Internet, electronic mail, videoconferencing, blog and discussion boards, streaming video and fax. However, we would like to include schools and organisations from as many different countries as possible, both high-tech and low-tech. Time Headquarters also invites schools to contact HQ about possible local networks that might enable schools to communicate through modern media. Some of our international partners might be able to link you to local non governmental organisations (NGO’s).