The Journey of Learning
Education today is growing towards a borderless culture and we as teachers must realize that our primary responsibility is to create global awareness. This is possible only by making our students understand and acknowledge diverse cultures, by promoting global friendship and transforming them into citizens of the world.
The current scenario in the field of education witnesses a lot of global challenges. Students are now exposed to many global practices and innovations as never before. The larger goal of this initiative is to help the children to identify their uniqueness and strength, understand their weaknesses, build their character, imbibe values, develop leadership qualities and spirit of enterprise so that they may grow as global citizens. It is important to raise them as citizens who are sensitive to the rising environment threats, care for the mother earth and feel responsible to contribute to the peace and harmony of the world.
This futuristic approach involves creating awareness amongst children about global issues and to steer towards developing a global perspective for which teachers need to explore and implement new teaching strategies.
Global education is about developing global competence – the attitude, skills and knowledge needed to understand and participate in a globally connected world.
By building global competence in our students, we can make global education a reality in every classroom.
Global education helps students to —
- Explore their own culture, make comparisons with other cultures and investigate global issues and challenges.
- Think critically and solve problems related to global issues
- Create awareness of cultural diversity and global peace.
Teachers can integrate multiple dimensions, perspectives, and role of citizenship into everyday lessons. Global education is important because it helps us to connect our students with people all over the world.
It is widely accepted that the traditional chalk and talk model of content-oriented teaching cannot adequately prepare young people for the future. We need to shift focus and emphasize on value-oriented experiential learning. To counter the challenges that schools are dealing with, we must take a global approach that is holistic and promising.
Exploring the same themes, practicing the same skills and using the same techniques with an international school can provide powerful learning experiences. The active involvement of teachers from all schools from the early stages is an important aspect of successful joint classroom.
Every school has its own starting point for global education. They engage with the themes, skills and outlook in ways that are most appropriate to our priorities, approaches and the needs of our learners.
This approach will provide a framework to develop an action plan and implement international activities. Throughout the year, innovative project activities must be executed to develop awareness about the global culture. Collaboration with overseas schools will provide us a platform to share, learn and facilitate in creating a rich learning experience for our students.
Collaboration with schools at international level will help us to comprehend a universal truth i.e. ‘We are not islands but components of one complete whole and we complement one another’. The cultures may be different, the languages may be unknown but we all can echo one idea as ‘We are one’.
Children of all age groups can participate in various global projects. Exhibitions and displays must be organized to provide an opportunity to connect class rooms across borders and showcase the work done by the students and the teachers.
It will increase their confidence level and their multi-cultural awareness. These experiences will enhance the skills of our students and will provide a stimulating school environment while incorporating international topics into the curriculum.
Organizing activities in art, music, dance, exhibition, quiz and programmes that have international dimensions will expose students to the outside world and will help them to appreciate the diversity and uniqueness of each nation.
International days and events must be celebrated to bring the world closer.
Education for global development will broaden our horizon and will make a positive impact on our self-esteem and will change the perspective of the students as well as the teachers. It will help teachers to develop organizational skills and to work together as a team.
It aims at highlighting similarities and differences present across the globe, and to advocate action for global social justice. Global education is an educational process that increases awareness and understanding of a rapidly changing, interdependent world.
Global education helps to acquire knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development; it gives a platform to learn about lifestyles, gender equality, promotion of peace and non-violence and appreciation of cultural diversity.
A few global challenges –
- Interdependence and globalization
- sustainable development
- peace and conflict resolution
- diversities and social justice
- global citizenship and human rights
Education enables active role of learners to ‘face and resolve global challenges and ultimately to become great contributors to a more just, peaceful, tolerant, secure and sustainable world’.
Education on global development is a beautiful reminder of the fact that education and knowledge know no boundaries, and the world has, in fact, become a small global village. The journey is challenging; it helps in creating many new friendships within and outside the school and many new skills can be acquired.
Interdisciplinary projects on various international issues can be introduced which will help students to go beyond the text books. Global issues can be brought into the classrooms for discussion, debate and exploration which in turn will help students to improve their knowledge of the outside world.
Teachers can engage learners in considering different views and reflect on their own roles in the interdependent world. Education also develops critical and creative thinking skills, which are essential for the future of the world.
This will be a journey of exploration, evolution and achievement for the school and the team of teachers who can display team spirit and reinforce their faith in the maxim, ‘Together we can’
To conclude –
Global education will awaken us to the values emphasized by our ancestors leading to ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ which means the world is one family.
Let us continue this exciting journey of global learning forever…
Padmini Sriraman, M A in History and Economics, M Ed and M Phil, is the Principal of The Hindu Senior Secondary School, Chennai. She is also the Vice Chair person of Chennai Sahodaya Group of Schools.
She received the CBSE National Award in 2012 and the Best Principal Award from the Bombay Stock Exchange. She has also received awards from Mylapore Academy, Rotary Club, recognition from various other institutions and the International School Award from the British Council.
She has written social studies books for Classes 6, 7 and 8, EVS books for Classes 1 to 5 and articles in educational magazines.
She has conducted workshops in Social Science, EVS, Classroom Management, Handling Slow Learners, Life skills, Value Education, CCE, and Study Techniques in various states in India, also at Dubai and Doha.
She has learnt Carnatic music, does oil painting and was a basket ball player during her school days. Her personal vision is to create a positive impact and motivate everyone with a ‘can do and never give up’ attitude; to encourage inspire and motivate everyone to discover and develop their potential while igniting their passion for life and their dreams. Contact – firstname.lastname@example.org mobile –9841131685