What does it mean to be a Global Citizen? Why Global Awareness?

A student from Y12 almost lost her summer job in Vodafone because she walked over her  Muslim colleague’s prayer mat in the staff room.

The Global Citizen concept isn’t new, however, it is still not fully understood or taught enough.

A global citizen ideally has respect for any other human being from any background or nation.

What? Nothing else?  So, why does it seem so difficult? Why would we have to learn it?

Citizenship is an important subject in the school curriculum nowadays. Global Awareness is missing.

Both are essential to be learnt.

Business schools, recruiters and employers looking for more and more student absolvents with so called softer skills. Among them intercultural competence. Quote: “Increasingly, many of our member companies recruit globally and are looking for people who have a global perspective” said Keith Hermann, deputy chief executive of the Council for Industry and Higher Education. (www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article7140878.ece)

The earlier one person can learn about it, the smoother and better his/her personal and professional life will develop. Companies pay high amount of money to coach their CEOs or managers to gain more intercultural understanding and to be internationally more successful.

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