17 October 2009
80 schools from more than 30 countries around the world are taking part in Cambridge Global Perspectives Day, including classes from the UK, the USA, New Zealand, Peru, Indonesia, India, Malaysia, Canada, Spain, Norway, France, Jordan, China, Cambodia, Egypt, Pakistan, Brazil, Argentina, Italy and the UAE.
The round-the-world online lesson was inspired by the new Cambridge IGCSE Global Perspectives course, available for first teaching this year.
The Day will start at Columba College, Dunedin, New Zealand at about 2200 GMT and end at Churchill College, Col. San Pablo Tepetlapa, Mexico, a day later.
Students will join online debates with students from around the world, publish news articles about issues affecting their country, upload photographs and design a t-shirt for Global Perspectives Day.
CIE will publish a special e-newspaper containing the articles written by students and have best t-shirt printed.
Dr Kevin Stannard, CIE Director of International Curriculum Development, said: 'This is a fantastic opportunity to connect with students around the world in a way that has never been done before by an awarding body.
'Cambridge IGCSE Global Perspectives students develop a greater understanding of the world around them and are encouraged to share and compare experiences, observations, ideas and feelings on a wide range of topics.
'They develop skills of enquiry, collaboration, reflection, evaluation and problem solving, and apply them to real-world issues.'