Education and Global Citizenship: Strategies from Below
The notion of globalization 'from below' involves the organisation of social forces and movements (voluntary and non-government) that seek to promote 'global civil society'; a notion of community beyond the territorial state committed to human rights, economic fairness, social justice and environmental sustainability. Education, and in particular citizenship education, is seen as a force for the development of useful knowledge for participants in the struggle for the benefits of globalization from below — but only if the curriculum is appropriately organised. Whilst many school-aged children demonstrate an enthusiastic sense of the global, fed by easy access to electronic modes of transmission of images and knowledges, it cannot be assumed that educators will be able to provide appropriate global citizenship education. Much more work is yet to be done if citizenship education is to bring about a revitalisation of political activity amongst the young who are implored to "think globally and act locally". This paper explores the possibilities and limitations on the development of citizenship education for globalization from below.
Keywords: Education, Citizenship, Globalization, Electronic Media
Dr. Jack Demaine
Programme Director, Department of Social Sciences, Loughborough University