Global citizenship education (GCED) is rooted in developing a sense of shared belonging to the global community. It incorporates the goals of many other related education areas such as global competence education, 21st Century learning, peace education, human rights education, and education for sustainable development. It is a specific part of the UN Sustainable Development Goals Target 4.7.
GCED builds crucial skills such as:
Armed with these skills learners are able to:
As the world becomes increasingly interconnected and problems require complex, coordinated solutions, tomorrow’s adults need to be prepared for the world in which they will live. This includes the ability to take action to address global issues such as environmental changes, children’s rights, human development, sustainability, and conflict. At the same time, learners need to build 21st-century skills and global competencies allowing them to more easily interact and succeed in the global economy. These motivations are not exclusive – individuals with financial stability are better situated to make contributions to the global good and a peaceful, secure world allows for the opportunity for personal success.
Everyone! The more people engaging with the world as active global citizens, the more effective their actions become. It is never too early for children to learn to engage with the world around them and it is never too late to encourage adults to do so. We encourage all schools and educators to consider how they can help their students develop into active global citizens.
Great question! There is no one right way or approach to global citizenship education, because each school, individual, and educator is different. In fact, your school may already be nurturing active global citizens and not even realize it. The important thing is to start where you are and to take small steps towards achieving your vision of a school championing global citizenship education.
“We can start with smaller steps and move towards a very big impact. We should understand that we are not a generation of bystanders, we are all global citizens. In order to ensure…a sustainable future for our children, we have to equip them with global citizenship education.”
-Rabia Saqib, CEO, The Brighton School, Karachi, Pakistan
If you want more information about how to make the journey towards GCED, that’s our specialty! Please click the link below to understand how Global Schools First partners with schools on a journey to determine where they are now, where they want to go and to celebrate their achievements along the way.
Children as “stay at home” heroes are true global citizens. Read the blog and download the activity guide here.