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Wednesday 8 August, 1pm - 4.30pm, Te Wharewaka, Wellington Waterfront. $115 per person.

ENZ is delighted to offer NZIEC delegates an opportunity to attend pre-conference workshops hosted by AFS New Zealand. The workshops allow delegates to explore global competence education in in-depth and interactive ways. 

Numbers for the workshops are limited. Tickets can be purchased when you register for NZIEC. 

Global competence in international education: What is it? Why does it matter? How can I foster it?

Marcela Lapertosa, Director of Education and Intercultural Learning, AFS Intercultural Programs
Carla Rey Vasquez, ICL/Volunteer Coordinator, AFS Intercultural Programs

“Improving education systems [...] requires creating learning environments that invite young people to understand the world beyond their immediate environment, interact with others with respect for their rights and dignity, and take action toward building thriving, multicultural communities. This is what global competence is about"
- Andreas Schleicher, OECD.

In this workshop, we will explore the concept of global competence, why it is of growing importance and how your organisation can embrace it.

Involving participants (international students, homestay families, teachers or staff) in activities to develop intercultural competences is a challenge when they do not perceive such skills as important. How do you inspire their curiosity in those instances?

In this workshop, you will have a chance to participate in experiential activities that enhance intercultural skills. We will discuss strategies for implementing these activities in different settings and identify ways to turn brief experiences into long-lasting learning for your audience.

Who should attend
International education faculty and staff, trainers and others who are interested in developing intercultural diversity or global competence training – be it for students, staff, teachers or academics – should join this course. 

High-tech solutions for global competence programmes

Bert Vercamer, Chief Programme Innovation and Educational Products, AFS Intercultural Programs

Research shows that merely coming into contact with cultural differences doesn’t develop global competence in students. However, they do develop these skills when taught within a developmental, experiential and holistic framework.

This workshop offers three frameworks that can provide a foundation for your curriculum to build global competence in both inbound and outbound students.

As many people believe that global competence educational programmes require a high-touch, low-tech learning environment, we will also explore how you can leverage technology as a companion to in-person learning, and address strategies to overcome personal and institutional resistance to using technology in educational programs.

We will explore the role technology can play in meeting the following challenges:

1. How can we best train students on global competence when we are not in the same physical space
2. How can we use technology to scale and cater to the training needs of students both in our campuses and those heading off to study abroad?
3. How can we ensure that these programs are affordable?
4. How can we ensure that these programs are accessible for people with different abilities?

You will leave with the skills to deliver blended learning sessions on global competence that are engaging, attractive, and effective for your audience.

Who should attend
School and tertiary educators who would like to increase their understanding of how to integrate intercultural learning and global competence into existing curriculum and student mobility programmes – by leveraging technology – should join this course.