Global citizenship is not a subject unto itself, but a way of looking at the world
Thank you to all those who responded to our survey on Global Citizenship. Being part of a global community means we are fortunate enough to hear perspectives from all 6 Jesuit regions of the world. A very humbling and enriching way of learning!
We received many fantastic views on why it is important to teach our students to be global citizens and a wide variety of creative ways in which we can teach this. We would like to share some of these ideas and suggestions with you in the hope that we, as a global community and global family, can continue this conversation!
Here are some thoughts shared from around the world;
Question 1: Why is it important to teach students of our Jesuit schools to become global citizens?
We are one
“we live in an increasingly interconnected world… all our actions affect one another”.
“we belong to each other and are called to care for one another.. we are all members of the one family, the human family”
“our lives are intertwined – socially, politically, economically, spiritually”
“planet earth is a global village”
“teach our students and awareness and appreciation of the world we live in”
“important that we teach our students about other cultures and the lives of others in our world”
“we need to be aware of the world around us, of the injustices, global concerns and opportunities which exist”
“need to be aware of global issues and not forget our local situation, our people surrounding us too”
“a world of deep inequality within countries and between countries cannot last”
“together we need to take concrete steps of solidarity and action”
“we have a sense of responsibility not only within our own borders but beyond them”
“crossing frontiers and leaving our comfort zone helps is to change our perspective and become more humble in our demands and expectations”
Love and be open
“teach them to love and be with people from all over the world”
“we need a greater understanding, empathy and compassion”
“encourage our students to have hearts that are welcoming and minds that are open”
“be men and women for and with others”
Question 2: How can we teach students of our Jesuit schools to become global citizens?
“inviting students to mix with other cultures”
“meetings with people from other countries”
“exposure to different realities and sharing amongst schools”
“actually meeting people and getting to know them removes prejudice and ignorance.. helps to see themselves in the other”
Global curriculum and educational strategy
“world language skills as a way of experiencing other cultures”
“define the values as well as the characteristics of a global citizen”
“talking about global concerns and integrating them into the curriculum, such dialogue inspires us to act in so many ways”
“use materials developed by Fe y Alegría (La Silla Roja and Días D campaigns).. easy to implement and adapt to my classroom and context”
“incorporate topics such as human rights, peace, reconciliation and diversity into curriculum”
“use participative methodologies which promote the practice of values such as listening, tolerance, dialogue, conflict solution, etc”.
- exchange programs
- international volunteer camps
- international faith sharing experiences
- service immersion trips
- global documentaries and discussions
- project based pedagogy
- United Nations model
Take advantage of new technologies
“encourage the learning and use of new technologies”
“take advantage of the internet as an important way of communication”
“using new technologies to have international virtual gatherings”
“video conferencing programs that enable students to talk with other schools all over the world”
“students can be facilitated to receive information, analyse it and learn the skills to take actions. I would use digital connectivity to facilitate bringing students together for these purposes.
We invite and encourage you to continue sharing your ideas, suggestions and questions!