Global Citizenship Institute

Global citizenship is the idea of knowing one is a part of the world’s community and that one’s actions help build the world’s values and practices. With the world becoming increasingly interconnected, individuals, communities and institutions no longer serve functions and roles with impact limited to their own cities and communities. Given this extensive globalisation, living and working in the 21st century demands that the individual have more complex skills and abilities than ever before.

Through our Global Citizenship Education, students will learn about global social, political, economic and environmental issues through interactive projects as a form of civic learning. These programs follow a holistic and hands-on approach, giving students the opportunity to emerge from our programs with a better sense of the world and a platform to further their skills.

Programs offered under our Global Citizenship program are:
● Global Citizenship
● Sustainability
● Social Entrepreneurship
● Culture and Heritage

What is Global Citizenship Education all about?
Global citizenship is characterised by grassroots and voluntary initiatives focusing on addressing issues of human rights, social justice, and environmentalism at the local, regional, and global level. Global Citizenship Education aims to empower the youth to understand their place in this interconnected world, and how they can utilise their position to enact change for the greater good. We aspire to help them understand how voluntary action can extend from local to international collectives, the importance of cultural empathy and the need to be active participants in their communities. We hope to inspire these leaders of the future generation, giving them the confidence to lead our world into a more sustainable and optimistic future. Using the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as a framework, our Global Citizens will be equipped with the necessary Global Consciousness and Competencies, to enable them to tackle all sorts of challenges that the modern world presents.     

What students will gain?
Undeniably, students will be more engaged with affairs of the world. As students become more empathetic to the world around them, they can use their innovative skills to formulate solutions to better the world around them. Their analytical skills and ethical reasoning skills will be heightened. They will be leaders of their community and foster a stronger sense of civic responsibility in others.

Why learn from us?
As the leader in Global Citizenship Education in Singapore, Global Citizenship Institute and The Global Citizen Education Group creates opportunities for students to engage with the concept of global citizenry and actively play a part in shaping their learning through the development of their student-led projects. Our programmes are innovatively designed to equip students with core global consciousness and competencies through a holistic, experiential learning approach. 

With a variety of teaching methods, students will be exposed to the various global issues through workshops, lectures, seminars and learning journeys. Through our interactive seminars and workshops, students will learn about the world around them and how to approach these issues through various angles. Such variety allows for students to learn in a highly conducive environment, and to be effective learners both in and out of the classroom.

If you are travelling as part of a school or tour group, our programmes can be specially customised to suit the needs of students based on their age group and learning styles.

Courses

Global Citizenship

With the world becoming increasingly interconnected, individuals, communities and institutions no longer serve functions and roles with impact limited to their own cities and communities. Extensive globalisation has resulted in increased demands placed on individuals to possess more complex skills and abilities than before.  Exposure to the global issues such as poverty, injustice and inequality, will be done through various methods which include seminars, project work and field activities. This ensures that students are consistently engaged during the programme and are able to approach the global issues in multifaceted ways. 

Students will also be given the experience of developing their own global citizenship projects to address a UN Sustainable Development Goal for a community close to their hearts. Through a series of workshops, students will be guided through the process of project development and management with tools and strategies that serve as a scaffolding for them to be able to implement their projects beyond the programme.

The Global Citizenship Programme ultimately aims to equip students with essential competencies to adapt to the ever-changing world. Such competencies include problem-solving, communication skills as well as critical thinking amongst many others. By the end of the programme, the goal is for students to be empowered individuals who can apply their skills to respond to the challenges of the world and enact change.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Introduce students to key global issues, the Sustainable Development Goals and the applications of these to various countries around the world;
  • Cultivate a spirit of public-mindedness, emphasizing the importance of civic responsibility and engagement with local and global communities;
  • Understand the complexities underlying various global issues and identifying the opportunities and challenges to addressing these problems;
  • Build on students problem-solving skills through group-based projects and self-driven learning;
  • Develop students to be critical thinkers who speak confidently and think globally.
Culture and Heritage

Our GCI Culture and Heritage programme offers international students a fun, enriching and inspiring way to get to know Singapore’s culture. A highly immersive programme, international students are able to take part in volunteer projects and activities in the local landscape to immerse themselves in Singapore. This program is designed to allow students to be conscious and appreciative of the diversity that exists around them. A global mind-set will be inculcated in students, enabling them to communicate across languages and cultures to open doors to further study, personal and career opportunities. Such a programme in Singapore allows a full utilisation of its multicultural landscape to analyse the complexities of multiculturalism such the beauty of diversity as well as tensions that arise from it. 

Apart from Singapore, we also offer Culture and Heritage Programmes that can be held in Malaysia. This allows for students to be exposed to multiculturalism outside of Singapore, where they can gain a different perspective as to how multiculturalism can be approached.

At the end of the programme, students will present their project and learning outcomes to their parents, teachers and peers at a symposium. Through these lessons, students will learn to be responsible and engaged global citizens. Such sensitivity that is cultivated in participants enables them to apply the skills gained in their own country and bridge the gaps in their societies.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Introduce students to key global issues, the Sustainable Development Goals and the applications of these ideas;
  • Understand the concepts of diversity and multiculturalism, articulating the importance of these in our modern and globalised world;
  • Developing an appreciation and respect for various cultures and new ideas, while better understanding how these ideas can coexist with local cultural practices;
  • Cultivate a spirit of public-mindedness, emphasising the importance of civic responsibility and engagement with local and global communities;
  • Develop students to be critical thinkers who speak confidently and think globally.
Sustainability

Sustainability or sustainable development essentially refers to the ability to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own. Citizens who are aware of how our actions on the environment may be detrimental for the future, are key in ensuring sustainability. Our sustainability programme aims to help our students understand the ever-changing world around them, emphasising sustainable development as an educational platform that develops their personal and global outlook. 

Through our sustainability programme, students will get to understand the concepts involving sustainability, identify the problems arising from unbridled human development and develop their own solutions to these issues. Both local and global sustainable development initiatives will be introduced to students, to highlight how various innovations have had tangible impacts on sustainability. Through the programme, students will think critically and come up with their own sustainable development initiatives. More importantly, their love and empathy for the world and the people they share the world with will be heightened. Students should feel inspired to be active players in ensuring a sustainable world.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Introduce students to key sustainability issues, the Sustainable Development Goals and the applications of these ideas;
  • Imbue a sense of civic learning and compassion amongst the students;
  • Gain an understanding of how agriculture is done in Singapore, and how farming methods can be done in an urban environment;
  • Cultivate a spirit of public-mindedness, emphasising the importance of civic responsibility and engagement with local and global communities, particularly in addressing pressing environmental issues;
  • Develop students to be critical thinkers who speak confidently and think globally.
Social Entreprenuership

Using their business knowledge, ability to take risks and innovate, Social entrepreneurs are often the drivers of change in society. They broaden the definition of business success, by emphasising the improvement of social welfare and the environment. Our social entrepreneurship programme is designed to expose economic, social and environmental issues to students. Thereafter, students are encouraged to identify the gaps or problems in these issues and to critically think about solutions specific to such gaps. As potential entrepreneurs, the two key areas of development the programme is directed at are communication skills and confidence.  With these skills, participants are able to effectively put their thoughts and ideas into actions, and be drivers of change for the future.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Introduce students to key global issues, the Sustainable Development Goals and the applications of these to various countries around the world;
  • Cultivate a spirit of public-mindedness, emphasizing the importance of civic responsibility and engagement with local and global communities;
  • Understand the function of businesses and enterprises in supporting sustainable developing and how these entities can contribute to the creation of social good;
  • Allow students a look into how real businesses function and what the considerations are for developing innovative and beneficial products and services;
  • Develop students to be critical thinkers who speak confidently and think globally.

Events

Harvard Innovation Challenge Southeast Asia II

Co-organised by the Harvard Global Education Movement (HGEM) and The Global Citizen Education group, the HGEM Innovation Challenge (HIC) Southeast Asia II will focus on two tracks, Youth Empowerment and Sustainability & Climate Action, to guide delegates through the different aspects of international development and to help them understand their role as citizens of the world.

Delegates will choose to join one of these tracks and then engage in track-specific discussions and seminar sessions featuring influential leaders from academia, business, and government. Throughout the virtual event, delegates will also have the opportunity to form meaningful relationships with other conference attendees from all over Southeast Asia.

After various workshops, delegates will work in small teams on an impactful “Solution Proposal” designed to tackle real-world problems and stimulate ideas for future collaborative projects. 

These proposals are comprehensive in nature and incorporate various media forms, policies, and entrepreneurial ideas. Students will be challenged in open debate sessions about their ideas, before presenting a final round proposal at the end of the conference. Finally, delegates will have a chance to meet in more informal settings during social events and panels.

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