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AFS Global Competence Certificate
AFS Global Competence Certificate is a blended learning program that develops tangible global skills essential to live, work, and make a real social impact around the world. It is a scalable, flexible, global, easy-to-use, and research-based tool. Explore our suite of products.
AFS Effect+ Program
AFS Effect+ Program are customizable, interactive workshops that introduce young people to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how they can work together to help advance these goals in their communities.
AFS Global Conference
The virtual AFS Global Conference hosted the worldwide launch of the results of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) Global Competence Assessment and explored their implications for students, educators, policymakers and other education stakeholders (22-23 October 2020).
AFS Alliances & Partnerships
“There is a clear relevance of AFS’ work to the current programs and activities of UNESCO, particularly in the fields of education, youth, and intercultural dialogue. Indeed, cooperation between UNESCO and AFS has a solid foundation based on many areas of common interest, synergies and previous collaborations.”
—Irina Bokova, Director General, UNESCO
AFS & UNESCO
As of 2015, AFS is proud to have entered into a “consultative status” partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). This status enables both organizations to collaborate on initiatives of mutual interest and social good.
AFS works closely and creatively with schools, universities, humanitarian and peace groups, governments and other NGOs on the issues that reflect our mission.
AFS Global Citizenship Education Agenda supports
UN Sustainable Development Goal #4
Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning
Specifically, Goal #4 focuses on the knowledge and skills needed to promote “sustainable development” and “sustainable lifestyles,” human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development.
Intercultural education reinforces 21st century education goals
about themselves and the world around them
Learn and respect differences
and believe a diverse world is a stronger and more interesting place
Communicate and collaborate across cultures
in a sensitive and mindful way
Appreciate other cultures
and encourage others to be open to new ideas, attitudes and traditions
Build skills to use in STEM and other key areas
by using critical thinking and problem solving activities
Become part of the AFS global community
to build bridges across cultures and bring diverse communities together
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PISA shows Teacher Attitudes, Activities In- and Outside Classrooms Impact Student Global-mindednessIn upending education systems worldwide, the COVID-19 pandemic shines a stark light on how necessary it is for young people to be able to navigate interconnected, interdependent realities. The newest…
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Education New Zealand Endorses the AFS Global Competence CertificateAFS Intercultural Programs is proud to partner with Education New Zealand (ENZ) to deliver a customized version of the AFS Global Competence Certificate (GCC): an award-winning program that develops tangible…
AFS Holds a Successful Ibero-American Week of Global EducationUnder the theme of: Globalize, Connect, Transform, 6,000 participants from Latin America and Europe met last week to debate the present and future of education. From June 1 to…
Leveraging Tech for Intercultural LearningIt’s clear that the pandemic has accelerated the use of technology and online learning for those of us in (international) education far beyond what most had prepared or planned for.…