The earlier the better! We are living in a multi-cultural environment. Students may sit with children from other countries in the same class. Do they discriminate against them because they are different?
Almost all children nowadays cruise through the internet like astronauts. They encounter students in Facebook, etc. from many different countries.
Pupils go on internship placements encountering people from all kinds of different backgrounds, either as colleagues or superiors. They travel with their parents and go on exchange visits.
How much more interactive and rich could their experience be, if, for example, they would understand that the Spaniards are not rude not queuing or running into them, but just do things different.
Students with global awareness are more proactive and open to learn from the other, experiencing all the differences and sharing their own culture as something curious instead of holding back and reacting to an unknown behaviour which would make them feel awkward.
Recruiters and employers are looking more and more for student graduates with “softer skills” a primary one being intercultural competence. Newspapers are filled with headlines that the UK is lagging behind on its internationalisation due to lack of so called “global awareness skills” or intercultural understanding in British youth.
The last Ofsted report also refers to this need: ‘From 2012 we propose that school inspections will take account of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils and the extent to which the education provided enables every pupil to achieve her or his potential’
…is to develop a world of global citizens who transform the 21st century by becoming more conscious, respectful and authentic, aligning their own true goals to the global evolution.
The Global Citizen Project has been formed to bring Global Awareness Education into the Classroom.
Living in a globalised world requires understanding and communicating harmoniously with people from other cultures and backgrounds either virtually or physically. Intercultural understanding is a critical skill both for life and the workplace, improving communication within and beyond the classroom and enabling students to integrate effectively in diverse workplaces in the UK and overseas. British businesses are convinced that we need to make an effort to learn about other cultures and business practice. Companies are desperate for young adults with “softer skills” such as team working, cultural awareness, leadership and communication skills.