As the era of globalization takes place, the world becomes closer as it promotes higher demand of global interactions. We meet people from different places with unique skills, talents, and personal advocacies. Hence, as we step in the higher ladder of education, several reasons as to why GCE should be integrated into the curriculum becomes evident as it follows:

  1. Embodying Global Competence

It is essential to develop one’s competency to cope up with the trend especially if you plan to venture into a multicultural firm in the future. The educational experience helps young people to improve their core competencies in dealing with the social issues. Many students go abroad to study and develop their competency in all areas as it is one of the main advantages when you work in business, politics, education and peace processes. Applying GCE into the curriculum will not only benefit the institution on a larger scale, but it would also inculcate global competence to the students.  Aside from this, it also gives an opportunity to develop the curriculum content, learning environment, teaching and assessment practices that are evolving in the institution.

2.  Empowering the 21st-century Educators and Institutions

Integrating the GCE is a single step avenue to further upgrade the educational system. The ever-changing needs of the students create an impact to the educators dramatically. The more we move to the advancement of education, the more efforts the teachers must drive in the workplace. Educators are the agents of social change. Thus, incorporating the global competence to the education system means to better prepare the lesson plans and curriculum. Through this, students will be prepared to the vast changing and increasingly interconnected world.

3.  Connect and build Network of People

One way to earn respect and mutual understanding is through a healthy discourse. Learners are encouraged to engage and proactively promote peace and establish relationships in resolving interconnected challenges of the 21st century. Government and its agencies have its key role to mobilize and fund, whilst Non-Government Organizations especially the youth supports in bringing issues concerning the civil society. Relationship-building amongst these stakeholders through GCE has an impact on the performance of the system due to their respective roles and expertise.

4.  Coping up in the Technological and Educational Innovation

Innovation has come to this age where people are connected virtually. Integrating innovative education is one way to eradicate poverty existing in the third world echelon. Learners must step up and be empowered in both cultural and socioeconomic atmosphere. Global Citizenship Education drives for a quality teacher towards a quality learning for innovation targeting the mediocre and especially peoples in less access. Furthermore, progress in education accelerates through systematic technological innovation.

5.  Understand and Resolve Global issues

Developing the global dimension is necessary for the millennial age. We live in an interconnected web where we know the issues and happenings in our places both local and national or even in the international arena. Global Citizenship Education is a civic learning composing the learner’s advocacy and active participation addressing contemporary issues in the aspect of economic, social, political and natural. Students will look in a wider perspective, think deeper about social injustices and oppression and combat extremism through constructive discourses.

“Global competence and international education are key sustainable societies,” this is the AFS symposium conclusion in the recent Global Education Symposium: Fixing Globalization through Education organized by AFS Argentina and Uruguay in Buenos Aires last April 5.

In relevance, understanding the world issues and empowering skills and knowledge are the approaches of global citizenship education. Members of the community and stakeholders across sectors should move forward towards a single-collective agendum. Global competence is a core 21st-century skill thus highlighting all community citizens to be global citizens embodying global competency.

This coming August 30th – September 2nd, the AFS Intercultural Programs Philippines will launch an educational event that will feature an in-depth discussion on the role of the global citizens in nation building involving the students, educators and public attendees – the AFS IPP Congress 2018. 

The event will feature the vital roles of being global citizens in shaping our society in the aspect of leadership, global competency and citizenship, intercultural learning education and holistic volunteerism. The congress will be hosted by Foundation University, Siliman University, St. Paul University, and the Province of Negros Oriental through the Negros Oriental Center for Culture and Arts in Dumaguete City on August 30 – September 2, 2018.

Furthermore, this event will also address the importance of incorporating Global Citizenship Education to the Philippine curriculum which will guarantee lots of fruitful learning, networking, advocacy and strategic innovative worldviews.