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Global Citizenship

At our schools, we have two established links with schools in Mbita, Kenya. These links have enabled us to explore the global demension. As part of this our school curriculum has been linked to The British Council’s international learning – working towards the International School Award.

 

Global citizenship helps enable young people to develop the core competencies which allow them to actively engage with the world, and help to make it a more just and sustainable place.

 

Global citizenship is not an additional subject; it is an ethos. It is best implemented through a whole school approach; involving everyone from learners themselves to the wider community. It can also be promoted in class through teaching the existing curriculum in a way that highlights aspects such as social justice, the appreciation of diversity and the importance of sustainable development.

 

We think global citizenship education is good education.

 

Global citizenship:

  • Gives learning meaning by being exciting, relevant and grounded in 'real-life' scenarios.
  • Challenges misinformation and stereotyped views about Majority World countries, and allows children to counter ignorance and intolerance.
  • Acknowledges that we have power as individuals: each of us can change things, and each of us has choices about how we behave. But this power can be even greater when we work collectively.
  • Demonstrates how the world we live in is unfair and unequal, but promotes challenging and changing this.
  • Encourages us to recognise our responsibilities towards each other, and learn from each other.

 

By 'global dimension', we mean (very broadly) 'exploring the world's interconnections'.

 

With a global dimension to their education, learners have a chance to engage with complex global issues and explore the links between their own lives and people, places and issues throughout the world. 

 

Education plays a vital role in helping children and young people recognise their responsibilities as citizens of the global community. It equips them with the skills required to make informed decisions and take responsible actions.

 

By including the global dimension in teaching, links can easily be made between local and global issues, and young people are given the opportunity to:

 

  • Critically examine their own values and attitudes
  • Appreciate the similarities between people everywhere, and learn to value diversity
  • Understand the global context of their local lives
  • Develop skills that will enable them to combat injustice, prejudice and discrimination.

 

Such knowledge, skills and understanding enable young people to make informed decisions about how they can play an active role in their local and global community.

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