NGO Committee on Education, Learning and Literacy (A CoNGO Substantive Committee CoSD Side Event February 2017
Global Citizenship for Social Development: Universal Curriculum Design and
ICT-Facilitated Intercultural Learning Environments for All Students
[ SDG #1, #4, #5, and #17]
The use of Universal Design for Learning and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) enable
more accessible and cross-culturally collaborative learning environments for all learners, including those
with disabilities, both in the U.S. and globally. This side event explores how education can contribute to
reducing poverty and enhancing human life and what kind of teaching and learning best address the needs
of all learners. The panelists discuss theory-based framework to apply universal curriculum design that
engages various learners and cultural diversity and promotes intercultural competence of global citizenship.
By introducing best practices of using ICT and emerging technologies in the United States, Africa, Latin
America, and Asia, the panelists recommend universal and global learning environment for all students
including girls from different cultures and diverse socioeconomic backgrounds.
The key aspects this panel addresses are:
1. Principles and application of Universal Design for Learning
2. Curriculum design framework and global virtual learning to develop intercultural competence
3. Education and technology for children in Brazil, and refugees and migrants in Latin America
4. Academic support and finance for Ghanaian girls and those with special needs.
5. Storytelling e-Book collaboration between Ghana and a school in Newark, N.J.
6. UNESCO’s perspective: quality education of using ICT, arts and music for youth and humanity
The NGO Committee for Education, Learning and Literacy (NGO CELL) proposes an informational
presentation and panel discussion on education for social development, co-sponsored by UNESCO, Society
for Psychology Study of Social Issues (SPSSI), Manhattan Multicultural Counseling (MMC), IVECA
Center for International Virtual Schooling, and Legion of Goodwill-USA.
5. Ms. Joy Lindsay, Educator, Butterfly Dreamz Inc. Newark, N.J.
MODERATOR: Mr. Reggie Bennett, Jr., Teacher, Music and Special Education, Reach Academy
SAVE THE DATE for the 2017 Public Service Career Expo on Thursday, March 2, 2017.
The 2017 Public Service Career Expo is hosted by New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and a consortia of other leading public policy institutions including:
• Carnegie Mellon University, Heinz College
• Cornell University, Cornell Institute for Public Affairs
• Tufts University, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
The Youth Worker Leadership Conference is an interactive and exciting event for high school students working with youth of all abilities. On Sunday, March 19, 2017, we will bring together approximately 250 high school-aged youth in the greater New York City area to honor and engage these young professionals. The Youth Worker Leadership Conference will include dynamic speakers, hands-on activities, and workshops, including…
- Creating adaptive Zumba routines
- Using creative and artistic tools to teach
- Yoga as a tool for stress reduction
The conference is completely free to attend, though advanced registration is requested and a chaperone must attend with students under 18.
Elizabeth Akua-Nyarko Patterson
Elizabeth Akua-Nyarko Patterson is the founder and executive director of the Girls Education Initiative of Ghana (GEIG). GEIG’s mission is to provide academic and financial support for girls including applicants with special needs, so they may access secondary, higher education, and professional opportunities. Since 2014 GEIG has supported twelve students in the Ashanti and Greater Accra regions of Ghana in their transition from basic school to junior high school. Five of the twelve girls are now enrolled in senior high school and the remaining seven will fully transition by the 2017/2018 academic year.Ms. Patterson holds an MPA, master’s in public administration from NYU Wagner School of Public Service where she specialized in non-profit management. Ms. Patterson’s research includes but not limited to Education of Marginalized People: access to education for disabled/differently abled students in K-12 institutions in South Africa, A comparative qualitative study on single sex and co-Ed schools in New York City, Strategic Planning: City Year New York, and Performance Measurement and Management: Junior Achievement of New York.Ms. Patterson is the 2014 ReconnectGH-Education Entrepreneur, was listed among the 50 most influential people under 40 in Ghana in 2015, presented in 2015 at Tedex Accra, was a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community- Kumasi Hub from 2014-2015, and the 2015 Vlisco Brand Ambassador for Ghana. She is also a 2016 fellow of the Young African Leadership Initiative, Regional Leadership Center-Accra, Yali RLC.