A brief history of the World Ecitizens Project
The World Ecitizens (WE) Project aims to encourage understanding between peoples and communities and to share the fascinating diversity within nations and across the world. WE take responsibility for our actions and strive to make the world a better place.
The project has been running for many years, and over the course of time has taken a number of turns. Some of this site will represent the history of the project as much as current activity.
Giving young people a voice
From January 2003 communities and classes of young people in the UK were able to present posters, video clips and comic strips about citizenship issues that concern them. Some of the young people had been working with artists and writers in residence. Homelessness and international citizenship soon emerged as major areas of concern.
The original WE web based learning environment was conceived as a rich resource for educational collaboration in topics such as responsible citizenship, mutual respect, combating social injustice and conflict prevention and resolution. WE participants were able to build projects together, join in debates and develop electronic portfolios. Young people achieved World Ecitizen status when they published a contribution to the WE Gallery. MirandaNet was in many ways ahead of the field when it introduced this ‘learning platform’, but it has been superseded by free and commercial applications which have a similar functionality, but of course do not have that person touch which we achieved! Visitors are welcome to explore the now ancient and creaking site to see the kinds of things it could do. WE included projects in other parts of the world, including the E-Lapa Project in Free State, South Africa, and a number of ‘chapters’ were formed to extend this work. Some of these chapters are still functioning, while other collaborations had their work published on the MirandaNet International pages.
Home page of the Original World Ecitizens Site (Original Site)
Gallery of Students’ Work (Original Site)
Free State E-Lapa Project (Original Site)
Gallery of E-Lapa Students’ Work (Original Site)
MirandaNet World Ecitizens Chapters (Original Site)
The Peace Room
Arising from a visit to South Africa by MirandaNetter Andrée Jordan, the Peace Room was created as a different kind of space where students could propose candidates for the ‘Peace Room’ and vote on each others’ suggestions. Although this space is situated in the original World Ecitizens Site, it is still in use by students all over the world.
World Ecitizens Peace Room (Original Site)
The iCatalyst professional development programme
Bodhi community, India
The aim of the iCatalyst professional development programme in the Maharastra region of India is to establish with school leaders the changes that staff would like to make to pedagogy in order to enhance learning and raise the achievement of the students. An important requirement is also the improvement of the English of staff and pupils – MirandaNet phonics experts are working with two pilot schools to develop a programme that will be run in all forty schools in this project. The programme includes exchange visits between English and Indian teachers and online learning in the MirandaNet Moodle platform. The teachers are presenting their action research results in London and Mumbai and publishing on the Bodhi community website.
The World Ecitizens Ejournal
The WEjournal was a gateway where the WE community leaders and teachers could share ideas for developing humanitarian projects using ICT as a bridge. Leaders who published in the WE journal achieved a Fellowship in World Ecitizenship for using elearning to draw the peoples of the world together. This Ejournal still exists on the MirandaNet site with a number of useful case studies published there.
Partners in this project included DfES, SchoolScape@Future, Digital Brain, Promethean, Microsoft, MirandaNet, 2000AD, Toshiba. Email us if you would like to participate in world e-collaborations:
The Domex UnITy Project
The World Ecitizens project grew out of a project called UnITy, which was originally funded by Domex. The name UnITy was formed in the days before the term ‘ICT’ was coined, and pupils studied ‘IT’ (this is also reflected in the original tag-line of MirandaNet: ‘O brave new world, that hath such people in IT’; it was of course Miranda who spoke those words from Shakespeare’s The Tempest). Domex was a project arising out of the construction of the Millenium Dome.
Find out more about UnITy (Original Site)
Find out more about the Domex involvement in this site (Original Site)