Global Citizenship Research Paper

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WHAT IS A GLOBAL CITIZEN AND HOW CAN OUR SYSTEMS OF EDUCATION CREATE GLOBAL CITIZENS?

Title of Essay: Unlocking the civic sense of young minds
Full Name: Karthik Shankar
Date of Birth: 26 July 1989
Current Occupation: Student
Course: Journalism and Mass Communication
University: SRM University, Chennai
Email Address: karthik.psshankar@gmail.com
Country: India

UNLOCKING THE CIVIC SENSE OF YOUNG MINDS
Karthik Shankar

Patrick Geddes, the Scottish city planner said “Think globally, act locally”. That is a very apt statement with regards to the philosophy of global citizenship. Today with globalization, there is a deeper understanding that the daunting challenges of poverty eradication, sustainable development and religious extremism, among
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Global citizenship encompasses social, cultural, political and economic change. Being a global citizen means taking a more socially conscious view of the world by focussing on events beyond our borders. For instance how consumerism in our country may be satiated by slave labour in another country or why universal human rights should not be the privilege of citizens in first world democracies, but that of everyone around the globe. None of this is more apparent in the case of the Nigerian political activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, who fought against the exploitation of the Ogoni people by the Nigerian government. The authorities were selling away tribal land rights to oil companies like the Dutch owned Shell, which in turn was trying to keep up with America’s oil demands. Saro-Wiwa was later executed by the Nigerian government in 1994. This case of gross human rights violations reveals the complex web of relations that exists in our world and how everyone from the Nigerian government to the multi-billion corporation and even the person buying oil at a gas station thousands of miles away, was responsible for…show more content…
If global citizenship is the end result, then education is the means. Yet, despite such efforts, institutional infrastructure that supplements these kinds of values with action is a long way off. Till then education has to be the tool that creates the army and the machinery! Bibliography
Creswell, J. (2013). Education and Global Citizenship: A Buddhist Perspective. Retrieved November 25, 2014, from United Nations Day of Vesak: http://www.undv.org/vesak2013/paper/jamie_cresswell.pdf
Green, M. F. (2012, January). Global Citizenship: What Are We Talking About and Why Does it Matter? Retrieved November 23, 2014, from NAFSA: http://www.nafsa.org/_/File/_/ti_global_citizen.pdf
Israel, R. (2013, February 13). Retrieved November 14, 2014, from Open Democracy: https://www.opendemocracy.net/ourkingdom/ron-israel/what-does-it-mean-to-be-global-citizen
Schattle, H. (2008). The Practices of Global Citizenship. Rowman & Littlefield

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