The Need for a Purposeful and Effective Global Citizenship Program
Collective approaches to world challenges have become a priority in every context throughout the world: governance, science, business, and education. It is no longer possible to ignore the outcomes of an increasingly interconnected planet. There is no choice now to be a ‘global citizen’, the question is how prepared you are to engage with the complexity of a global society and be a successful ‘global citizen’?
To illustrate the importance of developing successful global citizens, in 2018, OECD added Global Competence as their area of innovation to their Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). The assessment provided important Global Competency data from schools around the world. The conclusion was that internationally, educational institutions are prioritizing Global Competency education. Traditionally, the IBMYP has embedded in its program many of the same indicators to foster international mindedness and understanding of global contexts. As indicated in the graphic, the programs are aligned: MYP-PISA-English (ibo.org).
Why is Global Competence important? (from OECD Global competence - PISA (oecd.org))
The OECD has partnered with the Asia Society to develop a Global Competence Framework
Counsel of International Schools
Likewise, the CIS began a discussion over a decade ago on what the expected outcomes of international education should be and has developed a model of Global Citizenship and Intercultural Learning. Global Citizenship - CIS Council of International Schools (cois.org)
CIS understands Global Citizenship according to the following descriptors and assesses a school's success and commitment to developing Global Citizens in four areas: Teaching & learning; Assessment; Leadership and staff development; and Community engagement.
CIS Global Citizenship descriptors:
Other organizations leading the way in Global Competence research and education
Oxfam has developed a definition of Global Citizenship and a valuable collection of resources. According to Oxfam, “Global citizenship is a term used to describe the social, environmental, and economic actions taken by individuals and communities who recognize that every person is a citizen of the world”.
UNESCO has focused on uniting the world through globally oriented education for decades. UNESCO understands Global Citizenship to refer to a sense of belonging to the global community and a common sense of humanity, with its presumed members experiencing solidarity and collective identity among themselves and collective responsibility at the global level. Their Global Citizenship Education resources aim to empower learners to assume active roles both locally and globally in facing and resolving global challenges. Global citizenship and peace education | UNESCO
Result of Committee Work
🌍 WAB Global Citizenship Committee Definition Development Summary GC Alignment with WAB Mission.docx
Global Citizenship Definition:
At WAB we believe that we are all global citizens and our decisions today have an impact on future generations. A successful global citizen is aware of and seeks to understand pressing global issues, furthers social justice, respects and engages with diverse cultures and identities, lives in harmony with nature, and recognizes a responsibility to take action in local and global contexts.
Global Competence Indicators:
⭐️ Goals and action plan for an Active Global Citizenship Program
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have surfaced the most pressing Global Issues of our generation. The 17 goals challenge governments and individuals around the world to address problems that affect both people and the planet. Each goal has specific targets, 169 in total. Global Citizenship education supports the SDGs both by providing the vision of education the SDGs advocate for, and by encouraging young people to act in the interest of collective well-being and sustainable development. Home | Sustainable Development (un.org).
Strategies to work towards the achievement of the SDGs
Teaching Tolerance TT_Social_Justice_Standards_0.pdf
Facing History, Facing Ourselves Facing History & Ourselves
Oxfam Inclusive Language Guide gd-inclusive-language-guide-130323-en (1).pdf
WAB IDEA-S Resources