Over the past few months we have been listening to voices from around the world through conversations, surveys, documents and videos on Educate Magis, talking about what it means to educate our students to be citizens of the world. About how we can ensure that our students graduate as globally competent men and women for and with others; as people of conscience, competence, compassion and commitment ready to live in the rapidly changing 21st century.
We have gathered a rich collection of perspectives on Global Citizenship from students, teachers, Jesuits, International organisation and project leaders from around the world. These inspiring and thought-provoking stories have been compiled in the newly released Global Citizenship Keynote. You can watch this Keynote in English and in Spanish.
We hear voices from over 10 countries spread out over the 6 different Jesuit regions of the world speaking about the importance of;
- creating a global awareness
- being open to learning from and with people of other cultures and backgrounds
- engaging in honest and respectful dialogue and debate with an ability to come to a mutual consensus
- learning to think critically
- being creative
- taking care of our world
- learning to take action against injustices in society which not only affect us but affect those around us.
Listening to these perspectives we are struck once again by the rich diversity of our global network of Jesuit schools.
This Keynote speaks about building relationships, becoming leaders, becoming global citizens. It shows us some wonderful examples of how Jesuit schools and organisations such as Fe y Alegría and JRS are doing this. Showing us the importance of teaching and learning to become global citizens.
Concluding the Keynote, Fr. José Mesa, Secretariat for Education, invites us to continue the conversation on Global Citizenship, to engage in this challenge and explore the possibilities it presents us with, as a global network. Fr. Mesa invites us to use the Global Citizenship document draft to explore the possibilities of a truly global Jesuit education and to use this document as a way to continue, share and enrich our conversations so we can take action and become Global Citizens.