As a homeschooling family, one of our main objectives is to educate our children on the importance of being a "global citizen." But what does that mean?
Global citizenship refers to the idea that individuals have a shared responsibility to the world and its people, and that they should be active in addressing global challenges and working towards a more peaceful, just, and sustainable future. This can involve participating in initiatives that promote cultural exchange and understanding, advocating for human rights, and taking action to address issues such as climate change and inequality.
Global citizenship requires an understanding of the interconnectedness of all people and the recognition that our actions and choices can have an impact on others around the world. It also involves being open-minded and respectful of diverse cultures and viewpoints, and being willing to learn and grow from our experiences and interactions with others.
Global citizenship in our homeschool life includes:
- Sustainability - By learning about environmental conservation and minimizing our carbon footprint, we strive to protect the earth's resources for future generations.
- Cultural Diversity - We aim to expose our children to various cultures and customs through travel and hands-on activities such as cooking, craft projects, and celebrations.
- Social Equity - We educate our children on the importance of social equity and the elimination of systemic inequalities to ensure equal opportunities for all.
As we continue to homeschool our children, we're always looking for ways to improve and incorporate global citizenship into our curriculum. We welcome any suggestions or advice on how to do so!
If you're interested in learning more about Global Citizenship, check out the following resources:
- The United Nations defines global citizenship as "social, political, environmental, and economic actions of globally minded individuals and communities on a worldwide scale."
- The Global Citizens' Initiative defines "a global citizen is someone who sees himself or herself as being part of an emerging world community and whose actions help define this community's values and practices."
- The United Way defines social equity as "impartiality, fairness and justice for all people in social policy. Social equity takes into account systemic inequalities to ensure everyone in a community has access to the same opportunities and outcomes. Equity of all kinds acknowledges that inequalities exist and works to eliminate them."