LIFELONG LEARNERS FOR A TOLERANT AND INCLUSIVE WORLD
SIMA Classroom is aligned with the UN’s definition of global citizenship education, which is focused on nurturing respect for all, building a sense of belonging to a common humanity and helping learners become responsible and active global citizens.
Our vision for education is based on bringing you new perspectives on today’s global social issues and empowering learners to become proactive contributors to society by nurturing the values of peace, respect and cross-cultural diversity.
At SIMA we have a saying, “Documentary is Fatal to Prejudice.” Documentary challenges you to investigate the world beyond your immediate environment. It empowers you to develop deep cultural knowledge and explore the ways in which culture influences identities, world-views and future global development.
Through film, openness and curiosity can be fostered providing the bedrock for global perspective building and problem-solving, propelling you to translate your ideas into creative and innovative solutions.
STUDENT BENEFITS OF GLOBAL LEARNING THROUGH SIMA FILMS
For high schools using SIMA Classroom, our films and engagement models fit with Global Competencies (as defined by the Program For Student Assessment and Asia Society’s Center for Global Education).
- Exposure to international issues
- Heightened emotional intelligence
- Greater self awareness and open mindfulness
- Enhanced communication skills (multilingual, intercultural, nonverbal and verbal)
- Encouraged collaboration across cultures
- Attentiveness to diversity
- Heightened immunity to dominant media and ideologies
- Higher chance of participating in civic action/ engagement
- Increased desire to seek out and challenge social injustices
TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY LITERACY
SIMA Classroom gives you the building blocks to focus on these literacy skills:
- Digital Literacy – the ability to communicate with an ever- expanding community to discuss issues, gather information, and seek help
- Global Literacy – the capacity to read, interpret, respond, and contextualize messages from a global perspective
- Technology Literacy – the ability to use computers and other technology to improve learning, productivity, and performance
- Visual Literacy – the ability to understand and communicate through visual images
- Information Literacy – the ability to find, evaluate and synthesize information.
“SIMA Classroom exists to connect classrooms, cultures, and communities through visual storytelling.”
– Daniela Kon, SIMA Founder and Executive Director