Why promote global citizenship?

Global citizenship must be at the heart of education. This is because it is good education. There are a number of reasons to believe this:

  • Global citizenship is exciting and relevant to children, and gives learning meaning.
  • Global citizenship acknowledges that we have the power as individuals: each of us can change things, and each of us has choices about how we behave.
  • The world we live in is unfair and unequal, and global citizenship promotes the challenging and changing of this
  • Global citizenship enables the challenging of misinformation and stereotyped views about Majority World countries, and allows children to counter ignorance and intolerance.
  • In our interdependent world, global citizenship encourages us to recognise our responsibilities towards each other, and learn from each other.
  • In our rapidly changing world, global citizenship is about flexibility and adaptability as well as about a positive image of the future.
  • Teaching approaches used to promote global citizenship have a positive impact on pupils and can raise standards.

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