Bringing the world to your classroom

and your classroom to the world

The Centre for Global Education (CGE) develops and delivers virtual collaborative learning projects that engage and empower youth as global citizens, through connecting them to the people, places, and issues they are learning about in their classrooms.

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About us

The Centre for Global Education develops and delivers virtual, collaborative learning programs that engage and empower students as global citizens. We connect them to the people, places, and issues they are learning about in their classrooms.

CGE seeks to educate children and youth across Canada and around the world. Using online technology to facilitate project-based, transformative learning, CGE breaks down traditional classroom barriers.

Since 2008, hundreds of thousands of students, from more than 450 schools, in 70 countries have participated in over 400 difference sessions, making CGE the largest provider of real-time school-based collaborative programming in Canada.

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  • FREE 45-minute virtual events
  • Live and interactive & live-streamed on youtube
  • Students listen as experts share stories of their real-life experiences
  • Interact, ask questions, participate in polls and quizzes!

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Youth Dialogues

  • Learning programs that bring together students from diverse and inclusive communities across provinces, countries, and the globe,
  • Students develop a deep understanding of issues that impact them in their lives and communities.
  • Students build real skills in dialogue and critical thinking, as well as empathy through sharing of regional lived experiences and perspectives.

CGE is a multilingual service, forging bonds between Canadians and citizens of the world.

Visit our French website here.

Global Encounters

Live learning events open to teachers with students, parents with homeschooling children, and anyone interested in bringing global issues into their classroom or living room. Between September and June, click the link below to register for any of our FREE K-12 events.

How does it work?




Select a session and indicate how you would like to participate > on-camera, live and interactive with our expert or as a viewer tuning in to the livestream (you can still participate via chat!). Camera spots are limited and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Three weeks before the event, you will receive a pack of educational activities & resources. This FREE guide, designed to enrich each event, contains optional in-class activities, discussion questions, and age-specific lesson plans, videos, web links, and art enhancements to deepen experience for your learners.

The zoom and YouTube links will be sent directly in your inbox. Tune in at the scheduled time and date for the session. All events are streamed and archived, so if you miss the live event you can watch it later! Interested in seeing some of our past events?

Check them out HERE!

Global Encounters Highlights

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conversations on reconciliation

(secondary) 2022


space week




Food Day



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Youth Dialogues

The Centre for Global Education designs and delivers enriched learning, advocacy, and action programs called Youth Dialogues.

Created alongside project sponsors, these programs generally run between 6wks and 4mths.

Current Topic Areas & Projects Include:

Youth Dialogues feature:

  • Real-time, inquiry-based, interactive videoconferences

  • Content experts as student mentors

  • Project-based learning activities

  • Action and advocacy empowerment

  • Youth Leadership Symposiums

  • Youth-written reports/ manifestos

Check out our current Youth Dialogues below!

Current Youth Dialogues

April - May 2023

Conflict, Refugees, & Humanitarian Law

This national event is a free opportunity for high school students and teachers to learn about the laws that protect people in situations of armed conflict, like the Ukraine. The summit helps youth take action on issues such as refugees, child soldiers, war and the environment and gender-based violence.

Year-Round, Join Anytime!

#Decarbonize Global

Climate Program

#Decarbonize is a school-based program, led by the Centre for Global Education, that connects primary and secondary children in over 70 countries. It promotes education, facilitates dialogue, and equips children ages 4-18 with the skills needed to raise their voice and increase their action on climate change.

Previous Youth Dialogue Publications


Global Child Climate Manifesto

Co-written by a team of outstanding children representing schools in more than 70 countries, for UNFCCC COP 27 with #Decarbonize2022


National Youth Dialogue: #Vote16

Binging together high schools across Canada In partnership with Senate McPhedran and the #Vote16 campaign team


National Youth Dialogue: Pride Guide

Partnering GSAs across the country with the Public Health Agency of Canada to tackle gender based violence in Canadian schools


Provincial Dialogue:

17 Calls for 17 SDGs

Students across Alberta share their calls for action on the SDGs alongside the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation

Contact Us


Executive Director

Terry Godwaldt is the Executive Director of the Centre for Global Education and Director of College Board Programming, Canada. From Singapore to Seattle, Australia to Alberta, Terry helps educators all over the world to integrate authentic, globally-minded learning experiences that empower students to see themselves as global citizens addressing the world’s most challenge questions. For his work in reshaping the classroom, Terry has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee award and the ASCD award for Innovative Teaching.



Sarah Flynn is the Director for the Centre for Global Education. She has a BSc in Molecular Genetics, an MA in Sociology, and is currently completing a PhD in Sociology at the University of Alberta. Sarah has worked in both biomedical and clinical research and was formerly the Assistant Director, Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services, University of Alberta. Sarah has been a sessional instructor and has a number of peer reviewed publications in her cv. Sarah also likes to think she makes the best double chocolate chip toffee cookies. Ever.


Online Education Coordinator

Rebecca is the Online Education Coordinator for the Centre for Global Education. She has a B.Ed. from the University of Alberta in Secondary Education with a major in Biological Sciences and a minor in Mathematics. Rebecca comes from a rural area in Northern Alberta and has had the pleasure to work closely with many Indigenous youth in the classroom and is excited to bring that experience to CGE. She often says she has a million hobbies from knitting, to video games, to hiking, to playing with her pug Walter!

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