Get Global Activities

Our Get Global Programme piloted in 2018 and to date has impacted 176 students through 9 different programmes.
We have trained and employed 10 facilitators and are proud of the family we have created and sustained.

Get Global works on the principal of Experiential Education, which in short is the act of doing, reflecting and learning. This builds our young people with further life skills and impacts their ability to think critically and engage with challenges they face.

Two of our lead facilitators have gotten together to present a few of our favourite activities that are placed throughout the programme.
Check it out and feel free to get in touch for more information.

Lead Facilitators: Habiba Abdullah & Margaret Osei
Direction: Lawrencia Awuku
Filming: Ebenezer Tae Ameyaw (@tae_creates)

Student Volunteers: Samuel, Songdedoh, Arkum, Yelle

A creative Covid-19 Response

Our team has been reflecting on what this month has been like. There have been highs and there have been lows as I am sure most of you are experiencing during this time of Covid-19. Personally one of the strangest things to deal with is the difference between each country and where they are in terms of procedures. The UK was on lockdown before Ghana but then Ghana’s schools were shut down on the 16th of March making our programmes non-existent. However, with business still running as usual in Ghana it seemed strange that children were left to their own devices.

We were finally in a place where we have our Get Global programme and it works; students and facilitators both love it, schools are on board, we have plans for the future… AND now we have to cease delivery. Additionally, the youth we work with in Ghana don’t have the ability to continue virtual-learning with their schools or even the access to online learning material like most do in the UK – how then do we support kids who temporarily have no access to education?

So, we had to get our thinking caps on and think about how we can create a new ‘at-home’ programme for youth based on the foundations of Get Global.

Our Get Global Covid-19 Workbook takes students on a 2-week journey of activities and daily challenges.  These activities range from researching a country and finding some key facts to understanding different ways of thinking about an issue or challenge. We also want to ensure that students can access another side of this lockdown by creating daily challenges with their family members. Making dinner with an adult, writing a note of appreciation and even building the tallest structure with things you find in the house. 

Our goal is to reach as many students in the Medie area of Ghana with these books, not just students already on the programme but their friends and peers as well. We are also going to make this activity book available online as a PDF so anybody around the world can make use of it.

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With a full lockdown starting in Ghana on the 30th of March, time was of the essence. We spent 2 weeks creating and designing the programme, finding a printer and then transporting them to Medie for distribution. Distribution of 300 activity books was completed on the 29th of March at 8pm… cutting it close but just on time!

We hope this workbook will give students a chance to learn something new, engage with their families and connect with us via social media during this uncertain time. 

As Managing Director, I can wholeheartedly say that I am very proud of our team and what we have accomplished in a few short weeks. We have all dealt with emotional days, fear and uncertainty and come together to make sure that our students are reached in any way we can. 

We would love to engage with more students and families around the world during this time, so please do contact me directly (claire@movetheworld.co) or through social media and we’ll send a copy of the workbook over to you to engage with!

Thank you for your support- together we will Move the World.

Lawrencia’s UK Trip

On the 7th of February, 2020 after a Get Global session I embarked on a 17days MTW trip to the UK.

Prior to the trip, our team of facilitators and I discussed how things will look like during my absence and provisions were made for supplies needed for subsequent sessions. Habiba and Michael who are lead facilitators were the point of call for facilitators who needed immediate assistance during this period.   

My time in the UK was marked with warm experiences of connecting with the UK team in person without a screen or zoom video calls and bad network connectivity. I appreciate getting accustomed to the MTW ‘work culture’ on the UK side, engaging in the strategic planning of the Get Global Programme, and spending memorable time with Claire, Megan and Caroline especially on our escape room team building experience.

Lovers and Bluffers, a remarkably well organised one in a billion charity ball (no exaggeration here) turned out a great success and exceeded my expectations. It was absolutely inspiring, in the midst of the buzz and rave to articulate the astounding impacts that MTW have on our beneficiaries through the Get Global Programme and for all present to experience how their support is beneficial in the scaling up of the Get Global Programme in Ghana.

A day to my departure from the UK, Megan, Claire, Caroline and I facilitated a Get Global workshop for Staines District Girlguiding – World Thinking Day. From interacting with the girl guides, I gained deeper cross-cultural understandings around the first 6 SDGs and how these understandings influence specific cultural-oriented approaches in achieving the targets of the SDGs.

This trip gave me the opportunity for many ‘first time’ experiences; I visited Wales – Cardiff and totally felt disoriented once I got off the coach as I was reading road signs in Welsh, made me feel like I was in a different country for a minute (I guess I was)! I tried indoor bouldering which I realised I am a natural. Saw a circus, enjoyed an escape room experience, tasted my first mint sauce and most importantly tried Chai latte with soymilk for the first time and totally loved it!

Being away from the field, I gleaned valuable coordinating skills from adopting new ways of working with facilitators remotely. I also had greater insights on the strength of our team of facilitators as they took absolute responsibility of their respective sessions, effectively delivered their sessions successfully and efficiently provided support to one another. I cannot sing of their praises enough!

Thinking Day 2020

This year on February 23rd Megan, Claire, Caroline and Lawrencia got the opportunity to run a Get Global workshop afternoon for Staines District Girlguiding – World Thinking Day. Traditionally February 22nd; it is a day for all girls to think about each other and people outside their community and across the globe, ideas that coincide with our aims for our Get Global programmes and Global Citizenship Education, so what better way to kick off our first UK Get Global workshop. 

51 girls, aged 5-14 discovered 7 interactive stations based on the first 6 sustainable development goals and global citizenship education. Together we dove into realities and fiction around poverty, where we’ve seen it in our everyday lives but also how it’s portrayed on the TV and shapes how we think poverty outside our community looks like. We planted tomato seeds to try growing some food for ourselves and others; talking about how taking part in activities such as Harvest Festival affects others. The girls showed Claire their yoga skills and how they connect to their families and others by sharing exercise together. Station 4 the girls surprised us with their knowledge of famous global citizens and how they have shaped the world we live in today. Lawrencia led discussions on gender equality, what it meant to them to be girls growing up in today’s world and what they were proud of achieving as girls. We also looked at how long items take to biodegrade and there were a few surprises around the idea that chewing gum NEVER disappears. The final stop was creating a global citizenship tree on the church hall wall – every girl added leaves with values and qualities they believe a global citizen should have and it was left up to be viewed by all the members of the community to hopefully be inspired. 

Rounding up the afternoon we finished with a fast-paced relay race using things we’d learnt that afternoon to win clues to a final anagram; accountable. Together we reflected on everything we’d part-taken in that afternoon and how we are all responsible for our actions and the knock affect our actions have on others. We didn’t realise then the world would be where it is today, a reminder of just how connected we all are and though we are divided by oceans we can work together to make a brighter and safer world for all of us.

Lovers & Bluffers 2020

Lovers and Bluffers 2020

On the 15th February 2020 we hosted our annual Lovers and Bluffers fundraising event. Held at the beautiful Corinthia Hotel Ballroom in London, we had an evening of music, dancing, casino tables and fun activities.

This was our second Lovers & Bluffers event and we more than doubled the amount fundraised in 2019. We are extremely pleased to announce we raised an incredible £16,600.

A big thank-you to everyone who supported and attended this event, we are so grateful for the community we have supporting our work, both in the UK and in Ghana.

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