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Kids Initiative

Education for Mutlicultural Understanding Through ICT
Communicate with Kids in Different Countries by Videoconference!

-Wethma Vishwajiee, Pushpadana Girl’s College, Sri Lanka

With the advancement of globalization, it is becoming increasingly important for children to deepen their awareness of different cultures and global issues.
TDLC is proud to offer its “Kids & Youth Initiative” to help to promote multicultural exchange among the younger generation.

Supported by the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN), the distance learning network of the World Bank, the program nurtures cross-cultural exchange between children in different countries and regions, through videoconferencing and ICT.

A step ahead of conventional methods of education, the program is designed for elementary and junior high school students in the Asia Pacific region.
There are two types of programs:

1) Theme-based Sharing (single 60- to 90-minute sessions).

Students and teachers from different countries meet in a videoconference and share information on various themes. The topics might be environmental protection, science and technology, or art and culture. Participants give presentations for one another, as representatives of their own countries.

Since the start of the program in 2004, twenty sessions have been held to date. Sri Lanka and Papua New Guinea, Thailand and Japan, Mongolia and Japan, and Australia and East Timor have been matched, and students have exchanged their views on the environment, local festivals, their school life, and on peace.

The sessions are led by teachers and supported by TDLC. Through their local videoconference screens, students give PowerPoint presentations, perform skits, and sing and dance for each other, in a display of an earnest desire to expand their horizons.

2) Project-based Learning (PBL, weeks to months in duration)

Project topics are first selected, and interested schools and organizations submit their applications for participation. Once the videoconference parties have been determined, children form groups and plan their study methods, which their teachers then submit as proposals. Students use different learning methods such as Internet searches, research and on-site surveys, and analyze and summarize the information in preparation for videoconferences with their foreign counterparts.
Three videoconferences are held during a PBL program.

a) introduce themselves and their projects,
b) share information about their ongoing project, and
c) share information acquired through their integrated learning activities.

Expert comments have been received that the Kids program should serve as a catalyst to create a community to trigger public interest in multicultural education. TDLC hopes to continue to enhance the program.

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Program Series

This session is part of a larger series. For more information see Kids & Youth Initative Programs

Other Sessions in this Series

  1. Kids Initiative
  2. Orphan Meets Artist
  3. Training Course for Teachers


World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC)
World Bank Tokyo Office

In collaboration with:

Asian Institute of Management (AIM)
Chulalongkorn University Centre for Academic Resources
Mongolia DLC
Sri Lanka DLC
Timor Leste DLC
Vietnam Development Information Center (VDIC)

Would you like to help support our program, to bring together children in Japan and the world?

With the advancement of globalization, an understanding of different cultures and strong communication skills are becoming increasingly important – particularly for the future generation.
To enable us to move forward with our multicultural program for kids, TDLC is calling on individuals, groups, organizations, and corporations for financial support.
If we’ve picked your interest, please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more details.

First videoconference?

Watch the VC Handbook videos available on this website for useful tips on conducting your session. A sample running order for a Kids Initiative session is attached for your reference.

Sample “Kids” session running order (PDF 17.89 KB)


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