The global education non-profit, World Savvy, will host Minnesota’s Second Annual World Affairs ChallengeT in partnership with Macalester College’s Institute for Global Citizenship on March 6, 2010, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Macalester College, Kagin Ballroom and Olin Rice Hall, 1600 Grand Avenue, St. Paul. More than 400 students, judges, educational leaders and volunteers from twenty middle and high schools around the Twin Cities will participate in this academic competition.The 2010 theme is “Water around the World” and will have students work in teams to prepare a comprehensive presentation and showcase of proposed solutions on issues related to the political, economic, environmental and social impacts of water use and management.
The World Affairs Challenge helps students develop the global awareness and skills necessary to effectively problem solve on a global level.
Many of today´s most pressing issues – protecting the environment, addressing health crises like H1N1, halting terrorism and responding to worldwide economic crisis – are global in scope and can only be effectively addressed with international cooperation. To succeed personally and professionally in this global context, students must be equipped with the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes for global citizenship.
Students also study current affairs and world geography in preparation for a global knowledge quiz, and practice their teamwork skills for a group problem-solving activity in which students are grouped with youth from other schools to solve a real-world scenario.
On the day of the World Affairs ChallengeT these four activities-the presentation, the showcase, the quiz, and the real-world problem-provide youth the opportunity to present their findings and opinions as well as to be listened to and respected by their peers and adults who serve as observers and judges.
For more information visit www.worldsavvy.org.