All citizens of the world are not global citizens. Global citizens are individuals who want to make a difference addressing inequities and injustices in the world and understand they can by their actions (Global Citizen, 2014). Global citizens are creating global movements for change and the digital world is contributing to enabling this.
Today the world faces critical global issues such as lack of water, famine and poverty. People across nations are needed with highly developed creative skills to help develop creative solutions. My Prezi is on The Global Poverty Project whose mission is “growing the number and effectiveness of global citizens to achieve the public, business and political commitment and action to end extreme poverty” (Global Poverty Project, 2014).
My Prezi on the educator Kiran Sethi highlights her philosophy that learning should be embedded in a child’s real world context. The Riverside School Sethi foundered fosters students to become global citizens by giving them real life experiences (Riverside, 2014).
How do educators foster in children an awareness about world issues and develop the skills, knowledge, sensitivity and empathy needed? Oxfam states “education for global citizenship is a methodology to help young people to develop as active global citizens” (Oxfam.org.uk). As a future teacher I support Oxfam’s “Learn-Think-Act approach”. I would encourage children from an early age to explore movements such as the Global Poverty Project, the Thankyou Movement and Earth Hour.
March 19, 2014
What is a Global Citizen?