Designed as a fast track to global citizenship education, the online streaming platform takes students on a journey from empathy and critical thinking to action. Over 1,835 educators, 42,834 students and 188 institutions globally are already using the platform.
Selected from the finalists and winners of the annual Social Impact Media Awards, SIMA Classroom is a global, ever-current and expansive streaming service presenting the gold standard of social-issue cinematic storytelling. It provides access to a carefully curated collection of over 165 award-winning short documentaries and Virtual Reality films with learning resources and participatory skill building lessons. The 2019 SIMA AWARDS allowed us to incorporate gems such as The Future of Iraq, Dignity with Flowers and Lives on Hold in Lebanon to bring global issues such as human rights, refugees, and social entrepreneurship to life in the classroom.
In order to keep scaling the scope and depth of our impact, we launched strategic partnerships with Qatar Foundation International and Edvant Edge Africa.
We are delighted to have Edvant Edge Africa as a SIMA Classroom partner to harness the power of the world’s best social impact storytelling in service of quality 21st-century global citizenship education in Africa. As part of this pilot program, we provide a free three-year subscription for 20 educational institutions across Africa.
This month, together with Qatar Foundation International, we launched the Arab World Spotlight Challenge and Playlist to help educators around the globe bring the Arab world into their classroom. The Arab World Spotlight (AWS) Playlist serves as a springboard for learning about the Arab world and global social issues through an authentic lens that activates empathy, critical thinking and collaboration. Curated as a window into the richness, beauty and diversity of the Arab world, the playlist shows intimate testimonies and on the ground stories that allow viewers to connect with individuals and communities often stigmatized on the basis of prejudice and to build new perspectives founded on cross-cultural understanding, respect and tolerance.
With warmth and gratitude from all of us at SIMA Classroom.