Responsibility and Global Citizenship Education

Libby Giles

What does it mean do be a global citizen in the absence of a unified politics or a meta-sovereign? Rejecting hierarchical models of political order, global citizenship education (GCED) links directly to the principles of universal responsibility: it is people’s actions that define and legitimise citizenship of the world.

Located in all aspects of school life, inside and outside the classroom, global citizenship education does not sit within one learning area. It is embedded in the ethos of the teaching, learning and pastoral care of a school addressing humanising practices such as cultural diversity, peace, justice, sustainable development, and environmental protection. Future focused, GCED enables students to seek knowledge and insight, make ethical decisions, think critically and creatively, gain confidence and broaden their horizons.