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Nepal Semester Student's Catherine Von Holt's photograph of the Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu.

What is Global Citizenship?

On the fifth day of the Nepal Educators’ Program, we had the opportunity to discuss what defines a global citizen and how we can facilitate the growth of cultural competency in our students.

Defining the characteristics of a global citizen brought us into a discussion about human geography, communal rights and responsibilities, and open-mindedness and empathy. Thinking as a global citizen means realizing that our own connections and similarities outweigh our distances and differences.

The goal of developing student global citizens who are both culturally competent and committed to learning and service can sometimes be a challenging project. As students meet the everyday demands of both academic and extra-curricular pressure, finding time to weave global citizenry into the day can be difficult. In spite of this, we found that students are creating environmental projects and social justice programs, and taking the initiative to tackle global issues on a grassroots level. Teachers as mentors and facilitators are organically bringing a global dimension to everyday classes across the curriculum. “Glocal” engagement with community outreach, supported by classroom study and discussion, will help our students develop into lifelong global citizens.