Global Citizenship Education
Global Citizenship Education is about building students’ skills in order to effect positive change in our global society. Skills such as critical thinking and questioning can help students, not only to understand global issues, but also to take informed and meaningful action. Most GCE resources and methodologies focus on building these skills.
“Students gained a sense of pride in their achievement and linked their project to the global issues surrounding food. They learned to work together as a team and these cooperative skills were transferred to the classroom. Students improved their communication skills as they had much to discuss. Some students demonstrated leadership qualities and they developed these throughout the project. Students now understand practices around growing and transporting food. They were thinking about real world issues and as such developed their critical and creative thinking skills.” Jennifer Poole, Teacher, Rosary College
The type of skills that are built in GCE are as follows:
(Note that these are skills that need to be built for both Junior and Senior Cycle)
Junior Cycle: Communicating
Senior Cycle: Communicating
Junior Cycle: Managing Information & Thinking
Senior Cycle: Critical and Creative Thinking, Information Processing
Junior Cycle: Working with Others, Staying Well, Managing Myself
Senior Cycle: Working with Others, Being Personally Effective
Junior Cycle Key Skills: Being Creative, Working with others
Senior Cycle Key Skills: Being personally effective
As each school’s GCE programme is different the list of skills below is not exhaustive e.g. many schools connect their learning on food and sustainability to their school garden so their gardening skills are also improved as a result of their GCE programme.