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Bonner Global Conference Curriculum

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Build Yourself, Build Belize Curriculum



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Build Yourself, Build Belize Curriculum

While Bonner participants will spend time at the conference engaged in planning sessions for the Bonner Global Village Network, they will also be putting curricula into practice in the local schools of Orange Walk. The curriculum, "Build Yourself, Build Belize" is designed to help students explore their personal values and potential using the Bonner Common Commitments as a guide. Through these exercises, youth will learn more about themselves and one another and will be encouraged to consider their place in the broader community. The aim of these conversations is to help Belizian youth identify their place in their communities as citizens, as contributors to the economy, and as activators of positive social change. With that knowledge, students will be equipped with the skills and ideas to develop social and environmental entrepreneurial opportunities — thereby creating their own jobs rather than struggling to find them.


The aim of the curriculum is to inspire the youth to create a meaningful life and career that aligns with their personal values and goals, as well as the positive growth of their community.


Our hope is to work through this curriculum on the ground and gauge its adaptability for other cultures and contexts, ideally to be used by Bonner Programs serving in communities around the world.


PDF Links to Curriculum


Full Curriculum Summary & All Training Modules (40 page PDF)


Individual PDF Documents of the Curriculum:


Curriculum Summary
An introduction to the curriculum, including information on its design, implementation, and authors.
1: Build Yourself, Build Belize This session will engage facilitators and participants in a series of icebreaker activities, as well as introduce the curriculum. 
2: International Perspective This session will enable participants to learn more about each others' cultures in a fun and interactive way, while also learning about the importance of cultural understanding and inclusion. 
3: Diversity This session will address diversity in the Belizian context. Participants will acknowledge that although international lines can be drawn across cultures, there can be diverse cultures within their own communities. 
4: Spiritual Exploration This session will apply the lessons learned from international perspective and diversity to consider the rights of all individuals in various contexts of social justice. 
5: Community Building This session will enable participants to consider the values that ground their conception of justice, particularly how it relates to the guiding principles for their own life — personally, professionally, and academically. 
6: Social Justice This session will encourage participants to consider their individual differences in the context of the larger community, drawing out common values and goals, and finding ways to work together for public good. 
7: Civic Engagement This session will enable participants to explore the various ways that they can contribute to their community — through civic engagement, service, social entrepreneurship, and other methods. 
8: Change Starts With Me An opportunity for students to express their learning about themselves and the roles that they can have in building their communities through a poster fair, exhibiting the lessons they learned throughout the curriculum, how they view themselves, and their vision for their community. 



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