Reply To: Module 1 – Introduction to Development Education

Darerca Egan

The author of ‘The Role of Global Citizens in Today’s World’, Eric Ehigie  concludes his article with the comments that to be a Global Citizen we need to care and we need to empathise. Social media although often vilified has helped dissolve borders and enable children to see, experience and consider issues.    As a teacher I can model, promote and discuss what it is to be a good citizen in our locality but giving children access to global issues through media, seeing the impact and hearing from those affected sends a very powerful visceral and visual message, reinforcing the notion of being a global citizen.  My interpretation of this article and how I could use it effectively in my classroom, would be to promote citizenship through watching programmes such News2Day or National Geographic along with topics covered as part of the curriculum. Often, ‘discreet’ learning is the most effective.

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