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Curriculum and Objectives of the DREAM Global Literacy Program:

Mentorship Program Introduction of Global Literacy Issues:

Through workshops, excursions, and informal house visits, dream students will be encouraged to explore and to share ideas on issues such as:

  • the root causes of poverty in our world today
  • the corporatization of farming and the growing demise of the "family farm" both in Canada and Mexico.
  • migration and the pursuit of the American Dream. Students will share experiences of living on either side of the world's largest super power. Both Canada and Mexico lose human resources to the U.S. each year. Why do 500,000 Mexicans migrate illegally to the U.S. each year, despite the danger of death, injury and loss of family ties and dignity. Why is the second largest source of hard currency--after oil--the flow of money being sent back home to families, mostly in rural Mexico, from the often, illegal, migrant worker?
  • the ecology of our planet and the ecological effects of the race for industrialization by agricultural-based economies of poorer nations. Can the earth sustain such mass scale industrialization movements?
  • free trade versus fair trade and the effect of export agricultural subsidies by rich industrial nations
  • the importance of education to solve many of the problems our world faces today
  • leadership and social change. How can students in Dunnville, "think globally," but "act locally" in their own community to affect positive change?

  • Introductions of Languages.

    In order to develop globally literate youth who have a sensitivity and appreciation for cultural diversity, it is important to encourage second language development. Learning another language encourages students to think in different ways, to see the world from different perspectives. It is a truly humbling experience and yet there is a current lack of enrolment in language studies at Canadian universities and colleges. The Ek Balam Program will foster an appreciation for second language development by having dream members participate in Spanish and Mayan language workshops.

    Objectives of the DREAM Global Literacy Field School:

  • to explore the root causes of current social issues that affects the students’ lives.
  • to highlight the importance of education in tackling these issues.
  • to empower students to formulate “do-able solutions” and implement it through action. (both as individuals and as members of their communities)
  • to provide students with a "field school", mentor-student, group travel experience which has been proven to be more successful than individual study or travel abroad programs currently targeting youth
  • to introduce students to global issues and to foster the ability to understand global and international events
  • to promote global literacy and to foster an understanding of different cultures
  • to encourage second language acquisition, and to create on-going pen pal or web-based chat rooms were students of English and Spanish can help each other learn a second language
  • DREAM Global Literacy Field School contains 37 hours of formal classroom workshops, and 28 hours of formal field trips over the eight day visit to Ek Balam.

    DREAM Global Literacy Field School workshops reflect the following Ontario Secondary School Curriculum objectives:

    Poverty: Geography courses (resource distribution), History courses (colonialism), Social Sciences (root causes), Philosophy (ethics)

    Climate Change: Geography courses (shifting eco-zones), History courses (consumerism as a postwar culture shift), Biology (collapsing food chains), Philosophy (deep ecology)

    Education: Family Studies (latent & manifest functions), History (development), Philosophy (Zeitgeist), Social Studies (access, relationship to poverty)

    Globalization: Geography courses (trade), History courses (IMF, World Bank, WTO, etc), Social Sciences (culture/psychological adaptation), English courses (media & advertising), Philosophy (good life), Biology (invasive species), Physics courses (work, energy).

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