International minor program: Perspectiva Mundial International students
The International Minor Program Perspectiva Mundial at the Insitituto Pedagogico Arubano (IPA) is especially geared towards students attending a Teachers Training College in none Dutch speaking countries across the globe, who wish to expand their knowledge and skills in the field of Sustainable Inclusive Development (SID) with a focus on Education, Multilingualism and Cultural Diversity in Aruba and the rest of region. The SID workshops given at the IPA, are premised on the 1987 UN Brundtland committee definition of Sustainable Development, understood as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”(Brundtland 1987). Here we focus on creating a balance between the 4 P’s, Planet, People, Profit and Participatory Governance in education and in all areas of our lives.
During this International Minor Program, students get the opportunity to experience a unique Dutch Caribbean island with a multifaceted education system as well as a diverse and linguistically rich culture where most persons are able to communicate in four languages (Papiamento, English, Spanish and Dutch) and are able to pluri-indentify with Caribbean, European and Latin American cultures. In a increasingly globalized world with all its benefits and challenges, it is important that students of around the world are well equipped to deal with the ever changing circumstances and develop the ability to actively participate and contribute to a more sustainable future. Being able to function in diverse circumstances is an absolute plus.
Teachers in training who wish to extend their home university studies in core and special interest topics from an international perspective
Developing a broad perspective on Sustainable and Inclusive Development around the world: with focus on the theoretical perspectives of Planet, People, Profit and Participation
Acquiring knowledge of different education systems
Acquiring knowledge of the Caribbean and its different languages (Focus on Papiamento)
Acquiring knowledge of diverse pedagogical and didactic perspectives
Acquiring knowledge of innovation in teaching and education
Cross cultural experience with focus on history, migration, language and the arts
Introduction to Sustainability and Diversity: Balancing planet, people, profit and participation
Introduction to the Aruban Education System
Introduction to Papiamento: the language of the ABC Islands
Multilingualism in the Dutch Caribbean in perspective
Foreign Language Education
Amerindian history of Aruba
Migration, Creolization and Identity
Ethnographic excursions in the historical city centers of San Nicolas and Oranjestad
Geological excursions in Aruba’s Parke Arikok (Natural Park)
Decision making in a globalized society Students are also required to presentations during classes
Certificate of completion from the IPA
School visits (primary/elementary)for observations and interviews with teachers
Visits to curriculum department
Leisure time to interact with locals (beach, restaurants, café’s)
The International Minor Program starts in January and ends in April.
A maximum of 15 students.
For additional information about the IPA and its accreditation status, visit the ABOUT US feature on our website www.ipaaruba.com. It is in both Dutch and English.
For more detailed information about the program such duration and fees, you can contact our Office of International affairs.
drs. Marilyn Richardson: firstname.lastname@example.org
dr. Haime Croes: email@example.com
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