TO BE GLOB­ALLY COM­PET­I­TIVE, WE MUST BE GLOB­ALLY COM­PE­TENT

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MINDA T. SER­RANO

Ed­u­ca­tion young peo­ple to be­come global cit­i­zens will al­low them to learn about the in­ter­de­pen­dence of the world’s sys­tems, be­lieve that so­lu­tions to global chal­lenges are at­tain­able, feel morally com­pelled to con­front global in­jus­tices and take re­spon­si­ble ac­tion to pro­mote a just, peace­ful and sus­tain­able world. While at first glance a fo­cus on global cit­i­zen­ship may seem sec­ondary in a sys­tem where ba­sic lit­er­acy re­mains a chal­lenge for many, these skills are vi­tal. If we truly as­pire to have a world-class ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem, we must en­gage with the world. The chal­lenges that face the world to­day— from global poverty and cli­mate change to fi­nan­cial sys­tems and con­flict— re­quire glob­ally-minded so­lu­tions. Global com­pe­tency skills are nec­es­sary so that young peo­ple can invent a fu­ture that ap­pro­pri­ately ad­dresses global chal­lenges.

The ad­vent of tech­nol­ogy and com­mu­ni­ca­tion ad­vance­ments have made global cit­i­zen­ship ed­u­ca­tion a need rather than a lux­ury— and more fea­si­ble than ever be­fore. So­cial en­trepreneurs have de­vel­oped mod­els to in­te­grate global cit­i­zen­ship ed­u­ca­tion into for­mal and in­for­mal ed­u­ca­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties. These ini­tia­tives, while de­vel­oped at the in­di­vid­ual level, are proven mod­els that can be adopted and taken to scale.

Be­yond for­mal pro­grams, there are new op­por­tu­ni­ties emerg­ing from on­line plat­forms that can aug­ment a teacher’s in­no­va­tion when it comes to im­ple­ment­ing global cit­i­zen­ship ed­u­ca­tion. YouTube, Skype, Face­book and Twit­ter al­low in­di­vid­u­als around the world to con­nect in ways never be­fore pos­si­ble. Cre­ativ­ity is the only bar­rier to the ed­u­ca­tional pos­si­bil­i­ties; yet, the cur­ric­u­lar flex­i­bil­ity and man­date from the top must be present in or­der to sup­port and value these ed­u­ca­tional in­no­va­tions, not hin­der them.

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The au­thor is Teacher II at Na­tivi­dad High School

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