I have been leading a short global citizenship programme for our Year 11 students post-examinations. We have been looking into the importance of global citizenship education, what it is, and how we can all become better global citizens. In one of the first sessions I used my analogy of a sandwich and the endless variety of ingredients (see earlier post) needed to make a satisfying sandwich, and the representation through the eyes of a geographer placing two pieces of bread at exactly the opposite sides of the Earth at the same time.
We also looked at Wangari Maathai´s simple but powerful story of the hummingbird, you can watch it here. Still a real favourite of mine.
I challenged the students to form their own analogies of global citizenship after our early discussions and to submit their ideas in between sessions via a form. I thought I would share just a few…
How can you best explain global citizenship or represent it (be as creative as you like – a sandwich, a hummingbird…)?
Clockwork – global citizenship is a mindset. It is like clockwork. When you work with other global citizens it creates a system or rather a society that allows humanity to coexist with the problems you are passionate about. Combining all aspects that create an effective global citizen you become a crucial part of that clockwork that allows for society to keep moving.
Spaghetti – I would represent global citizenship as a spaghetti plate where all the cultures, ambitions and personalities intertwine and contribute to the whole, like the individual spaghetti pieces.
Sea– it has different species of different colours, that together, form the sea, and they come together to form something beautiful.
Ship – global citizenship can be represented as a ship, commanded and sailed by all the nations in harmony with each country and citizens taking part in sailing the ship.
Beach – each grain is a quality, as someone develops, their persona grows and becomes stronger. Each wave, metaphorical for opportunities, brings new grains upon to the beach, (qualities) shaping the strengths and weaknesses of one’s personality. However, sometimes challenges arise, but a good global citizen will learn from such threats or conflict and learn new attributes.
Circle of hands – I would represent it as the different cultures and minds around the world folded hands in a huge circle while a white dove passes by.
Ants – I chose ants because they are a small dot on the huge planet but by working together they can get things done fast and can really make a change.
Bee – pollinating the flowers, and therefore helping the wider world.
Door – global citizenship is awareness which comes after you have opened your mind to new experiences and to being selfless or generous. When you open a door, there is effort behind this action however it is not as difficult as it may seem, and when the door is opened, you can be conscious of the real world.