Why a Global Citizenship Education?
Global Citizenship Education provides an opportunity to develop critical thinking about complex global issues in the classroom. This is something that children of all ages need, for even very young children come face to face with the controversial issues of our time through the media and technology.
It encourages children and young people to explore, develop and express their own values and opinions, whilst listening to and respecting other people’s points of view. This is an important step towards children and young people making informed choices as to how they exercise their own rights and their responsibilities to others.
Global Citizenship Education uses a multitude of participatory teaching and learning methodologies, including discussion and debate, role-play and communities of enquiry. These methods are now established as best practice in education, and are not unique to Global Citizenship. However, used in conjunction with a global perspective, they will help young people to learn how decisions made by people in one part of the world affect our lives, just as our decisions affect the lives of others.
Global Citizenship Education provides opportunities for
- absorbing new information
- judging bias and reliability
- synthesis using one’s own views
- drawing conclusions
- making informed decisions
- taking considered action
Global Citizenship Education is
- asking questions and developing critical thinking skills
- equipping young people with knowledge, skills and values to participate as active citizens
- acknowledging the complexity of global issues
- revealing the global as part of everyday local life, whether in a small village or a large city
- understanding how we relate to the environment and to each other as human beings.