In my view (pre-extensive research) global education prepares students to successfully function (or “compete”—I don’t like this terminology) in an increasingly global environment. Especially with the advent of the Internet, I believe this is a pertinent and vital topic of discussion in the educational realm. I think this surpasses multicultural education in that it not only exposes students to various cultures and encourages respect and appreciation for other cultures but it emphasizes moving away from an individualistic attitude (very American) towards a culture of partnership, cooperation, open dialogue, etc.
According to Iuventum (iuventus, ingenium, mundus and universitas):
Global education is an education perspective which arises from the fact that contemporary people live and interact in an increasingly globalised world. This makes it crucial for education to give learners the opportunity and competences to reflect and share their own point of view and role within a global, interconnected society, as well as to understand and discuss complex relationships of common social, ecological, political and economic issues, so as to derive new ways of thinking and acting. However, global education should not be presented as an approach that we may all accept uncritically, since we already know there are dilemmas, tensions, doubts and different perceptions in an education process when dealing with global issues.
There are many definitions of global education. The Maastricht Global Education Declaration (2002) states:
Global education is education that opens people’s eyes and minds to the realities of the globalised world and awakens them to bring about a world of greater justice, equity and Human Rights for all.
Global education is understood to encompass Development Education, Human Rights Education, Education for Sustainability, Education for Peace and Conflict Prevention and Intercultural Education; being the global dimension of Education for...
References: Iuventum. (2009). “Chapter A: What is global education?” Retrieved from Iuventum.org
NAIS. (March 2010). Global Education. Retrieved from NAIS.org http://www.nais.org/sustainable/index.cfm?ItemNumber=146778
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