Citizenship education: important in a globalised world?

In this video Ruxandra Ratiu, International Project Officer, says we need to be aware of the interconnected world that we live in.

She suggests that the movement of people around the world will, if anything, increases over the next 20 years. Engaging with people from other countries and being willing to understand their societies is therefore an important element of citizenship.

Views expressed on this blog are not necessarily those of the Citizenship Foundation.

8 thoughts on “Citizenship education: important in a globalised world?

  1. We’re working on global youth leadership as a part of The Youth of Today, and some of the most interesting work we’ve done recently is about young people making connections globally – I’d encourage you to check out YouthNoise, which is a youth-driven, user-generated website that enables young people to engage around issues they care about – regardless of their nationality.

  2. Hi Mary and thank you for your suggestion! The website looks very interesting indeed! I think by the way things are evolving, website platforms are becoming the easiest way to get young people connected. However, I wonder how effective this is in the sense of meaningful interaction among young people and how do we make sure they keep the communication going in a virtual world. This is just a general question/concern I have and it is not related to the website you quoted above.

  3. I guess that depends on what you mean by meaningful interaction – I wouldn’t say that an exchange where young people meet each other, maybe write to each other a couple of times and then lose touch is very meaningful.

    I think it’s very important that projects look to set an example too of how technology can be used to facilitate making connections and staying in touch across distances because that seems like a skill they’re increasingly likely to need.

  4. @mas, I don’t think Ruxi is advocating the sort of ‘engagement’ you describe.

    I agree though with the point about setting examples of using technology; maybe we should be more systematic in how we document and evaluate those.

  5. I believe that what Ruxandra is advocating is that education ought to be reformed to respond adequately to the high flux of people to and from Britain so that those interactions will indeed become meaningful. I used to teach and I was unpleasantly surprised that in spite of the high presence of EU nationals in Britain, undergraduate students knew very little of Europe, let alone countries nearby such as France or the Netherlands. I am of the opinion that for those interactions to become meaningful one has to have some basic, but systematic and non-prejudiced knowledge of the world outside the borders of her own state which can primarily be gained through formal education.

  6. @Michael – I’d imagine there will be increasing pressure to do so not least to cut down costs and carbon emissions and an interesting debate would be how technology reduces the need to have to actually travel and what aspects of doing so are successful and which are not ie. for which things is travel still essential?

    Of course it won’t be too long before we can teleport anywhere so that will change the debate again šŸ˜‰

  7. The issues that arise from increasing migration into the UK from Eastern Europe since have probably not yet been adequately reflected in the educational system. I would be curious to find out how many Eastern Europeans who have come to the UK have families here or have brought their children here and how many of those children are of school age. My sense would be that there are not many, but I do not know whether that is backed by any statistics. If the children of the migrants do not mix at the school level, there will be less incentive for students to learn about these countries.

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