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AFS Effect+ Program is a hands-on learning program that introduces students to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how to work together to help advance these goals in their communities. The current AFS Effect+ versions available include workshops for teens led by AFS facilitators and a fully free Classroom Edition of the Program for high-school teachers, which includes capacity-building and a toolkit with resources for teaching Active Global Citizenship & the SDGs for high school students.

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We learned the qualities required to be a global citizen, a changemaker. We learned to look from different perspectives to start the change from within ourselves right now.

– Darshan Prema, Effect+ participant, India
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Capacity building for teachers

Thanks to the generous support of The Sir Cyril Taylor Charitable Foundation, high school teachers can also benefit from this program. The Effect+ for the Classroom Program equips educators with the intercultural skills needed to address the SDGs with their students through a full-scholarship program.

During this international virtual teacher training program, teachers will: 

  • Explore different views, cultures and ways of life in a collaborative virtual learning environment;
  • Make local and global connections with other educators interested in Global Citizenship Education;
  • Experience different training and teaching styles;
  • Earn a certificate upon completion, indicating the number of hours of engagement, and the knowledge and skills developed.

Since its first iteration in 2020, the AFS Effect+ for the Classroom Program has already engaged 450 educators from 16 countries, reaching 9,000+ high school students. 

Applications for the 2022-2023 edition of the virtual capacity building for teachers are now open.

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Toolkit for educators

Piloted with 150 teachers in Brazil, Colombia and New Zealand who participated in the 2020-21 Effect+ for the Classroom Program Capacity-Building for Teachers, the Effect+ Toolkit for Educators is now available to all teachers worldwide free of charge. Click on the links below to download the Toolkit for free:

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UNESCO APCEIU recognizes Effect+ as a best practice

We are proud to receive recognition from UNESCO APCEIU for AFS Effect+ for the Classroom as an Education for International Understanding/Global Citizenship Education Best Practice! Our program has been selected among 70 submissions from 27 countries for its genuine commitment to global citizenship education and ability to inspire others to create similar education programs.  

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Workshops for teens

These workshops are designed to engage young people, especially aged between 14-18 years old.

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