Publication Date

Winter 12-15-2016

Degree Name

MA in International Education

First Advisor

David Shallenberger

Second Advisor

Lynee Connelly

Abstract

In today’s highly globalized and increasingly interconnected world, we face many pressing world problems including poverty, social inequalities, and climate change, to name a few. Reflecting this stark reality and acknowledging that these problems are indeed borderless, it has become vital to rethink education and provide the next generation of worldwide change-makers with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to solve these problems and make our world more equitable and sustainable. One avenue for achieving this shift in education and fostering these global problem-solving skills and attitudes, is global citizenship. United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon corroborates this point, stating, “We must foster global citizenship. Education is about more than literacy and numeracy. It is also about citizenry. Education must fully assume its essential role in helping people to forge more just, peaceful, and tolerant societies” (Oxfam, 2015).

More and more schools, particularly international schools with their inherent global context, are currently recognizing the value of global citizenship. However, even though many schools see the value in bringing global citizenship into their classrooms and communities, educators often lack clarity and vision on how to foster this change. Although global citizenship is a core component of the vision of The JUMP! Foundation, an experiential education non-profit social enterprise, JUMP! programs specific to global citizenship have yet to be fully developed or implemented. Drawing from the needs of JUMP!, its international partner schools, and the greater state of education, this capstone outlines The Global Citizenship Certificate Program, a three-year, sequential program analyzing global citizenship at the personal, community, and global levels, with the aim of fostering informed, empathetic, innovative, and engaged global citizens.

Disciplines

International and Comparative Education

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