31 Oct Global Citizenship
A Seven Arrows education introduces students to the concept of living in a global community by integrating the traditions and practices of world cultures into the educational experience – reading and gathering facts alone do not create a lasting impression. Our Chinese history curriculum integrates mathematics, science, reading, writing, the arts, and even sports, exposing students to the entirety of Chinese culture. Children may read colorful myths and stories, write characters and paint with bamboo brushes, practice tai chi, and learn that since ancient times, the Chinese have believed that exercising and eating herbs promote good health. They may replicate art and dress while celebrating the Chinese New Year with music, acrobats, and a dragon dance, and even be treated to a feast of typical Chinese fare. We understand that the most powerful and generative learning occurs when students are immersed in intellectual and creative work rather than simply observing it.
UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) defines Global Citizenship as a “sense of belonging to a broader community and common humanity. It emphasises political, economic, social and cultural interdependency and interconnectedness between the local, the national and the global.” UNESCO asserts that there are significant educational benefits and outcomes when a student has participated in a global citizenship education.
- Learners acquire knowledge and understanding of local, national and global issues and the interconnectedness and interdependency of different countries and populations
- Learners develop skills for critical thinking and analysis
- Learners experience a sense of belonging to a common humanity, sharing values and responsibilities, based on human rights
- Learners develop attitudes of empathy, solidarity and respect for differences and diversity
- Learners act effectively and responsibly at local, national and global levels for a more peaceful and sustainable worl
- Learners develop motivation and willingness to take necessary actions
The depth of our Global Cultural History (GCH) program is essential for 21st century students. When students move on to middle school, they have a solid perspective on their connectedness to the world they will one day inherit. They think critically about the continuity of the human experience. Furthermore, our students understand the interdependence of the world in which they live and make informed judgments as active citizens.
For more information about the goals and outcomes of a Global Citizenship Education, read more from UNESCO.