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Global citizenship

Technology has made it easier to work together remotely, and people can easily move between borders for both work and leisure resulting in more a more diverse workplace and urban environment. Moreover, humanity is facing challenges that are increasingly complex and require collaboration between countries and people with different cultures and background. To work together, we need to become aware of these different cultures and work styles to effectively share knowledge and create a positive impact together.

 

Global citizenship tries to get students to look at their role on a larger scale beyond their own region and country, to add a second identity as a global citizen. Teaching global citizenship can create a strong sense of urgency and fulfilment young people's lives, getting a job not just for an income.  We have to ask students if and how they will use their knowledge in their future careers to make the world a better place. It can inspire them to look beyond tests and exams, to take on difficult challenges, work together and go beyond their own limits.

Global citizenship education is often integrated in subject lessons such as English. However, we can combine many different types of important skills to create valuable and engaging lessons. Here are a few examples of skills and topics that could be used:

  • development of empathy

  • researching a country or culture

  • public speaking

  • debating

  • role-play activities

  • story telling

  • creating visuals (posters, flyers, mood boards, etc.) 

  • product chain analysis (where does it come from, how is it made?)

  • fundraising

  • using (social) media

  • judging media sources and fact checking

  • human rights

  • the Sustainable Development Goals

  • gender equality

  • stereotypes

  • famous change makers 

  • sustainability

  • climate change

  • (plastic) pollution

  • charity work

  • fake news

  • (online) bullying

  • racism and discrimination

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