Stronger Together: A Partnership between Crossing Borders and CanopyLAB
By Owen Savage, Communications Intern at Crossing Borders
Crossing Borders started out as a project back in 1999 and 5 years later it was registered as an NGO and became an official UNESCO partner.
Who is Crossing Borders?
Crossing Borders is a non-profit, civil society organization educating and empowering young people to become active global citizens. Across cultures and professions, we provide platforms for youth to cross-fertilize ideas and form global associations, networks, and communities worldwide. In a learning environment where all participants are encouraged to grow and learn from one another, we enable youth to share their best ideas, best products, and best practices. Crossing Borders started out as a project back in 1999 and 5 years later it was registered as an NGO and became an official UNESCO partner.
We do all this through four programs:
- School services where we aim to bring the world into Danish classrooms and Danish classrooms into the world.
- Our Højskole course at Nordfyn’s Mandela International College.
- Food for Thought events which create space for dialogue right in the heart of Copenhagen.
- A range of exciting international projects across the world.
Goals & Objectives
Crossing Borders aims to create space for dialogue in society and help people to be active global citizens. It aims to promote unity in diversity, intercultural meeting and international exchange toward realizing our common humanity and mutual dependency in a truly global community for 20 years.
Working with CanopyLab is a fantastic opportunity to help achieve our mission and adapt Crossing Borders through digitalization.
CanopyLAB has presented Crossing Borders with an exciting opportunity to digitize our wealth of educational content. We see non-formal education as crucial to creating spaces for dialogue in society across the world and in light of this, our mission is to spread non-formal education and dialogue throughout the digital world too! We are motivated to work with the LAB by their use of SDG 4, ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all. Working with CanopyLab is a fantastic opportunity to help achieve our mission and adapt Crossing Borders through digitalization.
So far Crossing Borders has released two interactive courses on the LAB:
- A manual for youth leadership: Lead Now, Learn How: Leadership for Youth This course is already being used by another LAB NGO partner, Red Road Foundation, in their girls’ education program in Cambodia.
- We have also created a guide to activism inspired, by the work of Crossing Borders itself and the workbook titled “Breaking the Culture of Silence”, a list of activities for working with people from multicultural backgrounds.
This collaboration is by no means set to stop here! Right now, we’re working on a digitized version of our Crossing Borders course at Mandela International College, a program designed for internationals to attend at Nordfyns Højskole.