Ravi Unites Schools provides a unique opportunity for educators and school administrators from around the world to connect in order to promote cultural competency and peer-to-peer learning among students.
For the 2019 EdTech Awards, Britannica nominates Ravi Hutheesing as our favorite “trendsetter” in recognition of his efforts to bring educators and learners around the world together with the pioneering initiative Ravi Unites Schools. His breakthrough program perfectly embodies Britannica’s mission to “ignite curiosity and the joy of learning” by fostering collaboration, cultural sharing, and friendship. Britannica believes that initiatives such as these—powerful in their innovative use of available technology to achieve a simple goal—are exactly what the next generation needs to move the world forward in understanding, progress, and knowledge.
Shanghai China and Bucks County PA USA
Recent Interactions: Karuizawa Nagano Japan and Huntington Beach CA USA | Shanghai China and Elmwood WI USA | Mumbai India and Steven's Point WI USA | Tamil Nadu India and Poland OH USA
Our live video-audio session covered more lessons in 45 minutes than I could cover in months, and the students loved it!
Lauren M., School Teacher
Opportunities to Connect:
Whether meeting each other across the globe or even just across town, students participating in these real-time audio-video interactions will have several opportunities to connect. Groups may choose to:
1. Share individual stories and topics related to their daily home and academic lives (a script with question prompts will be provided)
2. Develop follow up events and activities in their own and each other’s communities.
“It is my intent that these interactions will plant the seeds of greater understanding between peers of differing geographic and socioeconomic backgrounds, and inspire them to create simple, collaborative follow-up activities that will create positive, lasting change,” said Ravi. “It’s essential to give students the opportunity to bond naturally and become culturally competent."
It's really meaningful to students. They should have more opportunities to do this, to make relationships with others, to keep contact with others, to know more of the world.
Kiki, STEM Research Institute, Shanghai, China
With the support of a Ravi Unites Schools facilitator (Ravi will facilitate himself whenever his schedule permits), students are able to connect over topics of mutual interest during a 30-45 minute video conference. In preparation, Ravi Unites Schools will help organize everything from finding the right school and students on the other side of the world, managing schedules and time-zones, organizing a technical rehearsal, and hosting the actual exchange.
My students gained a global perspective through talking with students from India. They were so inspired by this open dialogue that they wanted to change the way they viewed one another at our school! It was an amazing and life changing experience for our students and staff involved!
Mary Jo R., School Teacher
Watch this clip from a high school interaction between Japan and the USA
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Ravi Unites gave our students the opportunity to share their experiences and culture with children that they otherwise would never haveinteracted with. Their conversation allowed them the chance to appreciate both similarities and differences with their peers from across the world, and their discussion of caste and caste-based discrimination was an excellent learning opportunity for both of the groups involved.
Karin, Shanti Bhavan Children's Project, Tamil Nadu India