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IAA STATEMENT ON GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP
Global citizenship at IAA is advocating for diversity, inclusion and equity by developing respect and compassion for the rights of others. As a result, we want our students to understand their place in the world and “take an active role in their community, and work with others to make our planet more equal, fair and sustainable” (Oxfam, 2020).
Global citizenship is developed through:
- A. Knowledge and Understanding
- The complex interconnectedness of the world economically, politically, socially, spiritually and environmentally;
- “Our choices and actions may have repercussions for people and communities locally, nationally or internationally” (IDEAS, 2020); and
- That global ethics are essential in developing and sustaining equity as well as justice by acknowledging our commonality as a human race.
- B. Skills
- Thinking critically through different perspectives to solve problems effectively;
- Developing intercultural intelligence through learning to recognize our own biases and microaggressions;
- Navigating complex issues through negotiation and mediation; and
- Identifying the validity, objectivity and aims of sources of information.
- C. Values and Attitudes
- Developing a flexible sense of self and identity that does not marginalise others;
- Taking action to contribute to social justice and equity;
- Advocating for and demonstrating commitment towards the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals;
- Acceptance of all members in society including those of a different race, gender, ability, religion, and nationality; and
- Believing that all people can make a difference.
CIS. 2020. Global Citizenship. Available at: https://www.cois.org/about-cis/global-citizenship Date accessed 20 September 2020
IDEAS. 2020. What is global citizenship? Available at: http://www.ideas-forum.org.uk/about-us/global-citizenship Date accessed 20 September 2020.
Oxfam. 2020. What is global citizenship? Available at: https://www.oxfam.org.uk/education/who-we-are/what-is-global-citizenship/ Date accessed 20 September 2020.
UNESCO. 2019. Global citizenship education. Available at: https://en.unesco.org/themes/gced Date accessed 24 September 2020.