The world is no longer divided by the boundaries laid down on maps, as with the evolving digital era and technological advancements, the coming generations are rapidly progressing towards the realisation of the concept of them all being a part of a global community. This growing global community is one that needs to be nurtured with the right kind of exposure to the variety of peculiarities and traits that are inherent in different communities across categorisations. In this rapidly changing world, every new day is unfolding a contemporary and dynamic dimension of a better-understood world. Children these days are and need to further be exposed to aspects of a society that transcend barriers of language, gender, religion, race, region, and culture. It is essential more than ever before to provide global perspectives to children in order to broaden their horizons and contribute towards defining a modern world while building tolerance and compassion towards it, internally and externally.
“Child is the father of man.” said William Wordsworth once and with the kind of fast-paced learning environments that our children are growing in these days, they are going to become the very definition of absolute globalisation in the years to come. Education plays a pivotal role in the grooming and shaping of the children and preparing them for their journey of life. We are living in the most exciting times, as technology is transforming the world in unimaginable ways, and consequently, education and the way it is imparted, is also undergoing significant changes every day. The traditional education system is passé as this new age of social media, travel, and technology has grown to alter the very basic skill sets required for becoming a true competent citizen of this modern age.
To match this pace , every school must identify and adopt the needed transitions in their approach towards education. The contribution of education plays a significant role in creating skilled and open mindsets, and thus nurturing students who have an understanding of the world around them, and the world beyond that, and the ongoing affairs of both. The growing connection, participation and involvement of the whole world have created an atmosphere where all the political, economic, social, and technological events have a relevant, as well as powerful impact across the globe. Every major and minor incident has the potential to create a global impact. Moreover, the media has become a powerful and highly informative tool for connecting the societies; emotionally, mentally, and even physically towards the challenges of the world.
In the approach to cultivating the essence of global citizenship in students, they ought to be exposed to a state-of-the-art education system which is less focussed solely on theoretical textbook studies, and more equipped to enhance the practical involvement and understanding of students towards the world around them. These systems must consider introducing the students to the global community, their ways, and their challenges. They should motivate and promote the role of students in projects related to global concerns. To broaden the scope for students, the schools need to devise comprehensive exchange programmes between students of different countries and cultures; promote and facilitate internships of students with artists, personalities, industries, and institutions that are liberal and inclusive in their ways of working; sensitise students towards issues concerning the global community and environment like Peace, International Understanding, Green initiatives, and Global warming; introduce students to economic factors which have a global impact, for example, teach them how the economic condition of a region can have a positive or negative impact on the whole world.
The approach to explore the real world while discovering its vast variety of values and beliefs is imperative as it constructively helps the students to get involved in the issues which society is facing at different local, national and global levels. This involvement gives them an opportunity to make a difference when they grow up, and witness their potential and power to make a change and influence the world around them to make it a better place.
By: Ramesh Mudgal
Mr. Ramesh Mudgal is the principal of Global Indian International School ( GIIS) Dubai. He has over twenty years experience in teaching, administration, and management of schools As the head of various K-12 international schools, he has led large teams of academic and non-academic staff with excellence.