What is global citizenship?

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Global citizenship aims to empower pupils to lead their own action. Along with the knowledge and values that they have gained from learning about global issues, pupils need to be equipped with the necessary skills to give them the ability and confidence to be pro-active in making a positive difference in the world.

Education for global citizenship is a methodology to help young people to develop as active global citizens. Oxfam suggests a Learn-Think-Act approach to help structure global citizenship activities, and give young people the opportunity to learn about issues, think critically about how to solve them, and act as responsible global citizens.

Oxfam sees a global citizen as someone who:

  • is aware of the wider world and has a sense of their own role as a world citizen
  • respects and values diversity
  • has an understanding of how the world works economically, politically, socially, culturally, technologically and environmentally
  • is outraged by social injustice
  • participates in and contributes to the community at a range of levels from local to global
  • is willing to act to make the world a more sustainable place
  • takes responsibility for their actions