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Global Citizenship: Oxfam Provides a Guiding Light
by Martyn Overy - Saturday, 5 July 2003, 11:38 AM
Oxfams CoolPlanet for Teachers provides a superb introduction to how Global Citizenship can be developed within the classroom.  The concept of Global Citizenship is based on the understanding that our children will grow up to be citizens of the world

Oxfams definition of The Global Citizen is that he/she

* is aware of the wider world and has a sense of their own role as a world citizen;

* respects and values diversity;

* has an understanding of how the world works economically, politically, socially, culturally, technologically, and environmentally;

* is outraged by social injustice;

* participates in and contributes to the community at a range of levels from the local to the global;

* is willing to act to make the world a more equitable and sustainable place;

* takes responsibility for their own actions.

Oxfams Curriculum for Global Citizenship has been developed in partnership with teachers and other educationalists. By using this partnership, the concept and development of Global Citizenship has been built on existing good practice. Recommendations are provided to develop knowledge, skills, values and attitudes that Oxfam believes will enable students to become responsible, caring Citizens of the World.

The website contains an edited version of an 80 page booklet A Curriculum for Global Citizenship. This should be extremely useful for teachers who are eager to introduce and develop the theme of Global Citizenship throughout the school, either in individual subjects, or as a whole-school approach. The booklet is also available for downloading, as a pdf document, from their website.

The website is superbly organised, and easy to navigate. It could be used to show how to present a concept in a clear, yet concise way.

The Global Citizenship website is at http://www.oxfam.org.uk/coolplanet/teachers/globciti/