Global citizenship takes many forms: it can be a key component of a school curriculum, a study of any subject, a central idea, or a required project. I believe that global citizenship is as essential to our children as the ability to read and write.
What is a global citizen?
A global citizen is a person who recognizes and respects the cultures of the world, who respects the differences between people from different countries, who is aware of world events in their own country and in other countries, and who is not afraid to speak out about their opinions and take action on these opinions. As a teacher, I am on the front lines of the global challenges that our students will face in the future. Therefore, I believe that it is important that all of my students are global citizens, if not, then I am failing.
Looking at the world
It is important to remember that children from all around the world study and live in the same world, which means that they will encounter the same issues and have many of the same interests. When children do come across something in a book or a movie that they have never encountered before, they often ask questions about it. As educators, it is important for us to help children explore other cultures with respect and openness. We can make sure there are a variety of resources available to students as they investigate how other cultures view the world.
Global citizenship in the classroom
Learning about the cultures of the world, learning to value the differences between peoples and how they all come together to create a whole world that will continue to exist after one or more of us is gone, is an important component of our children’s education. Teaching a global perspective is a way to better prepare our students for the challenges and opportunities of life. The importance of learning about the diversity of cultures and learning about how people from different places work together to coexist is why I strongly encourage parents to teach their children, and why I encourage schools to include global citizenship into their core curriculum.
A K-12 school can do a lot to educate its students about global citizenship. Below are some ideas. Global citizenship is a reality, not an ideal. I suggest your school put global citizenship at the center of your teaching. Not only is it a vital component of developing more globally-minded citizens, it’s also a practical and important strategy for teaching your students to be self-confident and engaged global citizens. Check out the INDIGENOUS STORIES Global Build Challenge for some ways to celebrate the rich and diverse culture, tradition, and history of native people in your country