Written by: Amna Baloul, Global Co Lab Network Summer Intern & Cat Meadows, Teens Dream Hub Ambassador of Quality Education
The International Education and Resource Network (iEARN) held its annual conference and Youth Summit this past week and the experience was incredibly enriching, to say the least. Global Co Lab Founding Director, Linda Staheli, as well as Teens Dream Hub Ambassador, Cat Meadows, and Summer Intern, Amna Baloul, presented at the Youth Summit. Around 400 youth and educators from around the world attended the conference, collectively united in their passions to work towards achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) in order to improve the world for everyone. The countries represented included: Georgia, the Netherlands, India, Palestine, Morocco Bulgaria, Japan, Uganda, Ghana, Algeria, Romania, Israel, Canada, Bangladesh, and Argentina.
Throughout the conference, Linda, Cat, and Amna shared the background, mission, and purpose of Teens Dream during tabling sessions, and distributed promotional resources to invite youth and educators to become engaged with this project. The outcome was incredible: intergenerational and intercultural connections across a diverse range of passions framed by the UN SDGs. A majority of those who we connected with while tabling attended our presentation sessions and collaborated with teens and educators globally through an interactive activity which modeled a Dream Hub project. The result? Multiple projects designed by younger and older generations which focused on a specific UN SDG and creating action in their local communities through global collaboration.This activity was intended to demonstrate the ease and power of global collaborations through virtual spaces and how this could become a reality through engaging in Teens Dream!
To capture a few of the most memorable moments of the iEARN conference, Cat created a video which you can access here. See images, above for a look at more of the greatest moments of the conference. And most importantly, a huge thank you to Lynda Bugge for housing us at her wonderful home in Winchester, and to Emma Earnest who kindly drove to Winchester to attend and participate in our presentation sessions. Thank you to iEARN and all of their wonderful staff who prepared this conference and arranged for hundreds of youth and educators from around the world to attend and share their empowering efforts towards the UN SDGs!