At HudsonWay Immersion School, we are committed to educating our students for the future as borders are breaking down and challenges and opportunities around the world are more compelling than ever before. Global Citizenship education develops students who embrace cultures beyond their own, students who are aware of their own preconceptions, and can reflect and take action to impact both their local community and beyond. Global Citizenship cultivates personal respect and respect for others, wherever they live and regardless of their backgrounds.
Oxfam says a global citizen is “someone who is aware of and understands the wider world - and their place in it. They take an active role in their community, and work with others to make our planet more equal, fair and sustainable.”
Why is global citizenship important?
A global citizen is a person who. . .
- Identifies with being part of an emerging “global community” and whose actions positively contribute to building a better world
- Sees other cultures as being enriching and embraces ethnical and cultural diversity
- Understands that their actions have an impact both locally and globally
- Takes action that is considerate of self, society, country and the world as a whole
- Is a well-balanced, perceptive individual with a positive attitude
- Is a risk-taker with the confidence and optimism to take action to improve the lives of others
- Demonstrates the action cycle by showing the ability to critique, hope and take action
- Has a sense of social and ethical responsibility
Skills developed as an effective global citizen
- Cross-cultural awareness
- Decision making
- Critical thinking
- Effective communication
- Ethics and empathy
These skills are fundamental in enabling young people to act as agents of change in shaping modern society and to be successful in the workplace of the 21st century as well.