Global Education: tool to establish the ‘world we want’
Principal, Blooming Dales International School, Sri Ganganagar
Technology has shrunk the world to global village. It also validates the dictum “One world, one family.”Living in this hi-tech era of 21st Century, it is imperative for our children to be well acquainted with the culture and the people across the globe. Thus global education is a tool that would facilitate us to establish a ‘World We Want.’
The interdisciplinary approach of Global Education would connect our kids with the people across the world. Virtually meeting people of diverse culture and countries through Projects and Exchange Programmes would stretch their mind and extend their vistas of comprehending not only their mannerism and life style but also the critical issues affecting their lives.
Attributes of global education
Thus Global Education would inculcate the feeling of empathy and peace. With the surge of humane emotions,the global citizens would readily initiate to resolve the matters of Global Family.
Thus, the Basic Attributes of Global Education are:
(i) Local to global: Global Education would bring a paradigm shift in children as they would be able to assimilate and accept the foreign events, culture & standards along with theirteaching methodology. Their knowledge span would stretch to higher notchfrom local to global.
(ii) Communication: To understand multiple dimensions and perspective that exist across the globe, mastery in universally accepted language is a must. English connects us with the earthlings. Thus command over the language plays pivotal role in bridging the gap.
(iii) Technology: To assess fathomless knowledge of people and culture across globe, it is mandatory to be techno-savvy.
(iv) Awareness: Undubiously, the horizon of child would stretch from local to global level, where child would explore the world out of his cocoon and would be aware of different links that connect us and make us members of the same family.
(v) From problem to solution: Being a global citizen and a part of global family, the problem of one corner or part would create discomfort to other, thus unitedly children would endeavour to resolve the critical issues.
Impacts of Global Education on local thoughts and cultures…
There would be both positive as well as negative impact on local thoughts and culture.The positive impact would include:
(i) Learners would be encouraged to think critically.
(ii) Students would show higher degree of awareness on global issues.
(iii) Students would consider them to be the citizens of global family, thereby, fostering the spirit of respect for diversity and tolerance.
(iv) Global Education would also relieve employment problem.
(v) Proactive volunteers would initiate the era of responsibility and would endeavour to create the ‘World They Want.’
While, the negative impact would include:
(i) Local people might lose moral values.
(ii) It can cause loss of national culture.
(iii) Being influenced by dynamic and vibrant culture, children may be allowed and steer their lives towards greener pastures, thus slaying indigenous talent.
(iv) Children may critically comparenative standard of living with foreign land. They may under-rate theirs.
(v) Deficiency of well competent, knowledgeable facilitators who are also inundated with spiritual and high humanistic thoughts.
(vi) Difficult to overcome rigid attitude of children who don’t want to think out of their conservative box.
Ways to overcome negative impacts…
But, the negative impacts can be overcome. Here are a few suggestions to overcome them:
(i) Deep rooted moral values must be infused in children right from formative days.
(ii) Respect and love for their country and other nations across to be sown and nurtured from the budding stage.
(iii) Chains of chauvinist, rigid attitude to be broken by widening the horizon of knowledge and creating awareness of people living across globe.
(iv) Children should be taught the mantra –Camparison is critical, but acceptance is appreciable.
(v) Teachers of Global Education should shine as good human beings. They should first dive into the pool of positivity and spirituality. Drenched with high values and open mind-set, they should enrich their knowledge cap by attending various lectures, workshops and participating in Exchange Programmes.
Such enlightened open actuators can mould global citizens, who believe in ‘oneness.’
How can native systems rise to global standards…
Native education systems is not good enough to give all the ingredients to compete in global markets. The suggestions to enrich the native systems to rise up to global standards are:
(i) Global issues to be included.
(ii) Digitalization of teaching and learning.
(iii) Learning should be more enquiry & project based.
(iv) Emphasis on student’s active participation.
(v) Experienced and Spiritually elevated staff to be selected.
(vi) Teacher exchange programmes to be included.
Native vs. Global Education…
The drawbacks/difference in the method of Native Education vs Global Education include:
(i) Learners are more grade-oriented and less goal centered.
(ii) Learners are not able to assess their area of interest.
(iii) Teachers are getting commercialized knowledge dispensers, who aim to fill their coffers than to be genuine facilitator.
(iv) Less opportunity for critical thinking as more emphasis is on theoretical and lesson practical based teaching.
(v) Projects and file works are mere formality as today’s learners believe in plagiarizing the readymade content from Google, Pinterest etc.
(vi) Parents are less aware about the availability of vocational subjects in Senior Secondary level.
But, it can upgraded by:
(i) Hefty and outdated curriculum needs revision and overhauling at least once in 4 years.
(ii) Evaluation should be more strict and open.
(iii) Seeds of competitive grooming should be sown after High School, where they should be aware of multiple aptitude-based questionnaires.
So, let’s work towards Global Education and enrich the lives of the learners in all ways.
Meetu Sharma is Principal at Blooming Dales International School since 2009. The school has grown not only in strength under her astute leadership, but has created a niche for itself by becoming one of the most sought after school in Sri Ganganagar (Rajasthan). She is first ART OF LIVING Teacher of Sri Ganganagar, influencing life of a number of adults and children.
She has 25 years experience at various organizations. She has also been honored for her outstanding contribution in field of education. She received the Inspiring Best Teacher Award by University of Engineering & Management, Best Principal award by SOF Appreciation from Allen Kota & Renowned educationist from Rotary Club, Sri Ganganagar.
Her personal vision is to create a positive impact and motivate everyone with a ‘can do and never give up’ attitude. She is keen on enriching the classroom experience and creating a holistic learning environment for the children.