Education for 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 pupils 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 the best way for teachers to deliver global citizenship is by following a Learn-Think-Act process with their students.
LearnExploring the issue, considering it from different viewpoints and trying to understand causes and consequences.
Considering critically what can be done about the issue, and relating this to values and worldviews and trying to understand the nature of power and action.
Thinking about and taking action on the issue as an active global citizen, both individually and collectively.
Why Promote Global Citizenship?
We think global citizenship education is good education.
- 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.
Teaching approaches used to promote global citizenship have a positive impact on pupils and can raise standards.
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Education for Gobal Citizenship: A guide for schools (PDF)
This flagship publication from Oxfam outlines the why, what, and how of Education for Global citizenship.