Global Citizenship Education

Jun 3, 2016 11:00:00 AM Jessica Beidelman International Events

Global Citizenship refers to a sense of belonging to a broader community and common humanity. It emphasizes political, economic, social and cultural interdependency and interconnectedness between the local, the national and the global (UNESCO, 2014). 

Global Citizenship education aims to be transformative, building the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes that learners need to be able to contribute to a more inclusive, just and peaceful world. Global Citizenship Education takes ‘a multifaceted approach, employing concepts and methodologies already applied in other areas, including human rights education, peace education, education for sustainable development and education for international understanding’ and aims to advance their common objectives (UNESCO, 2015).

The Education Partners recently brought together a panel of accomplished thought-leaders to discuss one of the school’s cornerstone values: global citizenship.

IMG_4385.jpgIMG_4385-1.jpgKim Wargo, Head Elect at GEMS World Academy - Chicago

There is broad consensus among business and government leaders that the knowledge, insights and perspectives students gain through interacting with people of different nations and cultures are critical for our increasingly global marketplace, an interdependent world and finding solutions to the many challenges we face.

Mary Elizabeth Wilson, Chief Learning Officer for The Education Partners, moderated the panel, which featured Kim Wargo, head of school elect at GEMS World Academy-Chicago; Jaimie Cloud, founder of the Cloud Institute for Sustainability in Education; Jasodhara Bhattacharya, policy analyst for the Brookings Institution; and Laura Engel, assistant professor at George Washington University.
Jamie Cloud, Founder of the Cloud Institute
The panelists defined global citizenship as a mindset, a mode of thinking that recognizes the existence and value of diverse perspectives and experiences. They added that global citizens are conscious of how their behaviors and choices can affect other people.
“We are all absolutely and utterly interdependent,” Jaimie Cloud said.
The panelists also talked about why it is important for global citizenship to be a part of today’s education programs. The attributes that make someone a global citizen, which include creativity, problem-solving skills and the ability to work with different kinds of people, are precisely those that will allow today’s students to hold leadership roles in the future, panelists said.