The world is ever-evolving. With each passing day, the borders that divide nations get thinner and the world integrates. One might ask how is the world globalising, how is it that the world is developing a common and shared identity? The answer is simple – one can attribute it not only to the increased global trade, but also to the surge in cultural exchange across nations. This diversity comes into play largely due to increased migration due to social, political, economic and environmental reasons. Each person, then, not only remains a national citizen, but also becomes a world citizen. It becomes important to understand different cultures, not because educating oneself about countries and people across the world is important, but because we now have developed a common ‘home’, and developing a global sense of belonging is imperative. To thrive in this new interconnected world as future citizens, we need special skills, knowledge and behaviours. It becomes crucial for one to know and understand the world and its problems, such as poverty, gender inequality, climate change, and more in order to get a better understanding of their immediate, and overall environment. With globalisation, the definition of one’s environment enlarges, which is what calls for an enhanced education. The youth of today needs to grow up with these skills for them to become responsible employees and citizens who promote sustainable practices and solutions.
At present, violence, intolerance, and discrimination are on the rise, giving importance to values such as empathy, respect, and compassion. Not only this, but these skills are also needed to have a harmonious and peaceful work-life where intercultural teams comprise people of different ethnicities, religions, and cultures. These values are key to a healthy working environment that helps everyone feel safe, comfortable and creates an inclusive space for all. Global Citizenship emerges from the intent to give the students the tools to understand and face these problems. The main aim is to subsequently develop skills, behaviors, and values to live as one, in a coherent manner, with their environments and people in this environment.
According to UNESCO, “Global citizenship refers to a sense of belonging to a broader community and common humanity. It emphasizes political, economic, social and cultural interdependence and interconnectedness between the local, the national, and the global.”
In other words, Global Citizenship is the idea that one’s identity transcends geographical borders when it comes to social, political, cultural, and economic issues. Man is a social animal – surviving and knowing how to adapt to live in a society is a part of one’s basic education. When the topic of Global Citizenship is introduced, it automatically implies a bigger, more diverse environment. In order to fully be in sync with such an evolved environment, and to maximize opportunities. Therefore, Global Citizenship as an educational topic, helps students develop critical thinking to confront and resolve situations of injustice; it also shows them that some ethnic groups and religions act differently but are equally valuable, teaching them to respect diversity; it shows them that the problems affect us all, regardless of geographical borders.
Brainwiz sees the need to inculcate these skills in young adults and hence has dedicated time and resources to develop content about Global Citizenship. Hence, we work with students and educators to help them include the topics of Global Citizenship, within their regular academics. Our online learning platform, BrainwizOnline is a perfect place for learners to enhance their 21st-century skills and Global Citizenship competencies, by just devoting a few minutes every week.
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