MULTILINGUALISM PROMOTES THE GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP AND CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING What is global citizenship? It is the system in which every person can identify their life styles, communication ways, different cultures, civilizations, norms, and adopt different practices related to their beliefs, values and religions. People can learn new thing about new societies and countries by adopting and interacting with the individuals to know about globe. It is the global citizenship which makes people responsible to love the humanity and overcome the different problems i.e. Terrorism, suicide attacks, sexual harassments, murders, education, hunger, religious attacks around the globe.
Globalization describes how the world finds itself connected today. In order to achieve sustainable prosperity we need to use the connections and relationships we have made through globalization. Instead of a farmer in Newfoundland only being able to sell their product in their home town, that same farmer can sell their product to a global market. This allows the farmer to expand to a larger group of people and allows someone in another location to get a product that they may not have access to. However Globalization itself doesn’t really contribute to the prosperity of all people.
Finally, multilingualism is playing a significant role to foster the concept of global citizenship. Because different languages within specific communities such as my country Sudan presuppose that there other societies share the phenomenon. Thus, to understand and implement global citizen ship we should acquire certain skills such as creative thinking, empathy, self-awareness, and conflict
According to Arnett (2002), there are major issues related to identity, which develop due to globalization. The first is the development of a bicultural identity or perhaps a hybrid identity, which means that part of one’s identity is rooted in the local culture while another part stems from an awareness of one’s relation to the global world. The development of global identities is no longer just a part of immigrants and ethnic minorities. People today especially the young develop an identity that gives them a sense of belonging to a worldwide culture, which includes an awareness of events, practices, styles and information that are a part of the global culture. Media such as television and especially the Internet, which allows for instant communication with any place in the world, play an important part in developing a global identity.
I will also address my personal experience in global citizenship and how general education classes helped me to get educated in this category. According to Reysen and Katzarska-Miller (2013), gglobal citizenship is having a sense of awareness, a caring demeanor, an accepting attitude, and having no boundaries on cultural differences. At the same time growing in equality and environmental welfare within our society and being aware of our responsibility to act on global problems that could side rail us from make the world a better place to live in. It helps people to coexist in our world which is becoming a
Globalization provides more exposure and communication between people, making information easier to circulate. Due to the news and social media outlets, people are much more aware of social justice issues and poverty. For example, in Drake’s Gods Plan video, he is shown donating money to schools and helping out those in need, no matter what culture or race they are. This increases acceptance of other cultures as many people watch the music video on social media. The internet is also available in many developing countries, allowing a “low-cost way of bringing crafts, textiles, and art to western consumers.” These countries can now grasp at improved standards of living and opportunities while making use of technology.
Wherever we go we learn new things some might be good and acceptable for us some could be imposed by others but at the end of the day it is up to our will what we want to do and where we want to take our life to. One out of many is the perfect example of cultural encounters and hence cultural
Culture is a word used almost daily by almost everyone. It is a common word but what exactly is culture. 'Culture is a set of beliefs , traditions, and practices; the sum of the social categories and concepts we embrace in addition to beliefs, behaviors (except instinctual ones), and practices; everything but the natural environment around us. To break it down even further, there are two types of culture; nonmaterial and material. Nonmaterial culture can be defined as 'values, behaviors, and social norms. '
Likewise, Hong et al. (2003) define culture as mental constructs design by a society to interpret unknown stimuli. Similarly, for Featherstone (1996), culture is considered as a network of meanings that influence cognitions, feelings, and actions of the society members. Additionally, this author argues that culture is a way of life, in which social groups humanize and socialize nature, through value systems, social networks and perceptions that they create to explain the world and the phenomena that surround them. On the contrary, Wang (2007) states that social agents are responsible for creating culture.