This is a website for all people that love the world and love to learn with it. It is for people of all ages and in all professions but originates from an international school based context of recognising that young people actually never stop learning and should be encouraged to celebrate their adventures and achievements at all times. By doing this you make learning smarter (and teaching easier) by personalising your own learning through ambitious target setting and your own unique way of reflective practice – “reflection is what links our performance to our potential.” Ultimately this award is a way to maximise transferable / dynamic skills that benefit you in any learning experience and should not be mentally compartmentalised for a specific academic subject as some teachers would lead you to believe they should be. Learning is a dynamic process and extremely personal and involves every aspect of a persons mental, physical and emotional state – that is why this award focuses on the four ‘Pillars of Learning‘ as stated by UNESCO (http://www.ibe.unesco.org/cops/Competencies/PillarsLearningZhou.pdf):
You are required to select 16 Identities of a global citizen, four under each of the four Pillars of Learning to demonstrate a broad and diverse range of learning experiences and achievements. This award is unique to each individual person and their own learning journey and is therefore not dictated by a set of predetermined outcomes or benchmarks. To achieve the award and formal recognition (for school, university, work, personal motivation, whatever…) you must first set a challenging target for each Identity, e.g. give a 3 minute speech or presentation in front of 100 people, record and reflect on the learning process ideally setting a new and even more challenging target for the future (beyond the award). It is up to you how your record the process as this is all part of your own unique reflective practice and a large part of this award is discovering how you reflect best and how it helps you to achieve beyond your (perceived) limits.
Once you have completed all 16 Identities you can post your reflections as comments on this website or send us a link and the Global Citizenship Award team will review the portfolio of evidence and provide relevant feedback, either successfully issuing the Global Citizenship Award to you or giving further suggestions for improvement.
This award encourages you to track and organise learning for life. It will formally recognise your achievements and help you to produce an effective digital portfolio for future interviews and applications. It is also a universal and free award for all schools to use to track their students (and staff) achievements across a curriculum and to help them measure the real value added (or internal professional development) that schools offer as a learning community.
The 16 Identities of the Global Citizenship Award: