Professor Lynn Davies: At the 2016 Conservative party conference, the British Prime Minister Theresa May attacked the workings of the rootless ‘international elite’ with the words “If you believe you’re a citizen of the world, you’re a citizen of nowhere”. Global citizenship education (GCE) has struggled over the years with the somewhat amorphous notion of what it means to be a citizen of the world. Usually translated into something like ‘think global, act local’, it argues for deepening an understanding of global issues which then can inform relevant active citizenship at home. Often linked with education for sustainable development, it reveals the interdependencies in our world. GCE is one of the strategic areas for UNESCO’s education programme, and appears as a tool in their forthcoming manual for policy makers on Preventing Violent Extremism through Education.
But how might this work?
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