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NPDL Learning Circles 2018

Learning Circles Children’s Rights.

Since 1998 the Global Teenager Project (GTP) offers Learning Circles in over 40 countries .

A Learning Circle is a virtual global classroom where students and teachers can work and learn together with their peers around the world. Using the Internet, email and social media, students communicate around specific children’s rights themes such as: the right to food, security, education and health. Students are really learning with the world, not just about the world.

New Pedagogies

In his work ‘A Rich Seam’ ( 2014), Michael Fullan describes how in ‘New Pedagogies’ students use technology to (co)create meaningful new knowledge. And that’s where the Learning Circles methodology fits in perfectly. In a Learning Circle students learn with each other, about each other and collaborate to create a deeper understanding of the various topics, issues and themes in the circles. By sharing experiences and knowledge in a wiki, they develop insight into each other’s lives. Working in a Learning Circle includes student engagement, professional collaborative learning, global citizenship and 21st century skills. That makes each Learning Circle a unique learning experience for students and teachers.

Formative assessment and future skills

In the Learning Circles Children’s Rights, students are challenged to wonder, question, explore and share. With their stories and contributions, they connect with students at school and abroad. To create ownership of learning, students will set their own learning intentions and success criteria. By using peerScholar as tool for peer reflection, students will reflect on their own and their peers’ learning process.

Children’s Rights

Every child has rights, enshrined in the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC) signed by almost all countries in the world. How is it possible for children to understand this treaty, which consists of 54 articles? Do children all over the world, also those with physical, emotional and social challenges not all have the same rights and what is the actual situation for children? These critical questions and many more, are raised in the Learning Circles. Addressed to students in a way that challenges them to look further and deepen their learning. Students ask each other questions about children’s rights, telling their own stories and those of others and share what they found. In 2018 NPDL Netherland and the Global Teenager project will offer two parallel Learning Circles:

one for students age 12-14 years old
one for students age 15-17 years old.

Students, teachers and schools from NPDL schools all over the world are welcome to join!

Registration is open


The fee for joining a Learning Circle is € 395,- per class or group.


September 20, 2017 – registration for the 2018 Learning Circles opens
December 22, 2018 – registration for the 2018 Learning Circles closes

February 12, 2018 – Learning Circles introduction phase starts
May 2018 – Learning Circles reflection phase ends

Brief biographies

Bob Hofman
Global Teenager Project Director

As global learning innovator Bob has spent 25 years teaching and as consultant, he conducted professional development in more than 40 countries. He also holds the chair for the iEARN-Netherlands Foundation and is an assembly member of iEARN International. As executive director of the Global Teenager Project he is involved in a high-quality learning network. Bob is also the European representative for peerScholar. Specialties: Initiating and creating international educational collaborative projects, with a focus on community based learning and formative assessment.


Manon van Herwijnen
Global Teenager Project Coordinator

As a former teacher in special and primary education Manon has expanded her skills in coordination of several projects and became facilitator for Dutch schools in the Learning Circles since 2012. She is now designing and coordinating the International Circles with several themes. Since 2013 Manon is member of the Dutch peerScholar team with a focus on coaching educators to use peer learning in challenging education, that enables students to learn, wonder and explore together and to take more responsibility for their own learning.