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be the change

teacher, activist, global citizen


Edited By Rita Verma

This book examines the ways young people engage in action, dialogue, and activism, and how they become global citizens. The essays in the book illustrate how young people with deep convictions on how to change the world make a difference in their communities. The community becomes the classroom, and their activism the true lesson. Possible «utopias» are realized with every effort to engage in activism, to be an advocate for both oneself and others, and with each critical engagement with oppression. These young activists are the unsung heroes and theirs are the victories in current educational debates. Moving away from theoretical debates on multicultural and progressive education, this book illustrates how youth action, curriculum strategies and creative writing, service learning projects, advocacy work at community-based and grassroots organizations, and global initiatives can result in real-life victories.


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Acknowledgments xi


Acknowledgments There are many individuals and life events that have played a central role in the development of this book. My heartiest gratitude is extended to the series editors, Dr. (A.C.) Tina Besley, Dr. Michael Peters, Dr. Fazal Rizvi and Dr. Cameron McCarthy for accepting the proposal for the book idea and for the support of Chris Myers and Sophie Appel. I am grateful to the international and national contributors who took time away from their activism and teach- ing to share their ideas and initiatives. This clearly highlights their dedication and commitment to making human rights and global citizenship a priority in their work and lives. Above all, my family and friends have been my guiding light and support. Important work cannot be accomplished without a team effort. I am blessed with a wonderful husband who spent many evenings work- ing through the book while alongside my amazing son who made sure we lis- tened to the sounds of his music and shared many bowls of ice cream.

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