Evidence That It Works
Studies have found that students who participate in Global Citizenship Education (GCE) demonstrate greater cross-cultural sensitivity as well as understanding, empathy, and interest in global issues. (Note: Most of these studies have been done with affluent populations who usually represent the majority group within a country.)
Why Does It Matter?
It’s an exciting time to live in this world, as it grows smaller and the divisions start to disappear. As a result, our schools, workforce, and communities are becoming more diverse, encouraging us—whether people want to or not–to reach out to one another in friendship and understanding.
GCE, especially the kind that focuses on cultivating a sense of global humanity, gives students a head-start in appreciating the “genius” of another culture. This positive view of humans along with our innate ability to demonstrate kindness, compassion, and connection—something that science corroborates—has the potential to create a world in which we learn to work and live together, valuing both our similarities and differences. As astronaut Frank Borman put it, as “citizens of the Earth.”