UNICEF (2013) defines a global citizen as “someone who understand interconnectedness, respects and values diversity, has the ability to challenge injustice, and takes action in personally and meaningful ways”.
So why is this important within education and for our students?
Life-long learning is the ability to teach that which has meaning and relevance to life, inside and outside the classroom for students.
The information learnt should continue to be relevant and can be applied daily throughout the future. As educators we have to broaden the spectrum of knowledge and teaching to increase awareness about global citizenship and convey its appeal and benefit to all ages. Global citizenship addresses the understandings of rights and values held by the positive influences of the world. Examples of these are human rights, acceptance of diversity, the need for a community and communication, traditional virtues for each other, and applying independent initiative to make gradual progress in creating a better world.
In the context of the school environment, an emphasis on global citizenship within the classroom creates a community that can influence their small neighborhood for real and positive changes (Crawford, 2013).
Here is an inpiring document written by Elizabeth Crawford which discusses the application of global citizenship as part of a teaching lesson for lower schools.
Secondly here is my Prezi presentation on the organisation Earth Day Network about their activities and what they strive to achieve.
- Crawford, E. (2013). Exploring Our Roles As Global Citizens: An Educators Guide (Grades 3-5). UNICEF United states fund. Teach UNICEF. Retrieved from: http://teachunicef.org/sites/default/files/units/global_citizenship_gr_3-5_final_7-13.pdf