Global citizenship is a lifestyle that identifies the world we live in as a progressively intricate network of connections and interdependences where a single individual’s choices will eventually cause ramifications for other individuals living in the same locality, same nation or globally (Banks, 2004). This concept helps individuals adopt a patriotic lifestyle where they are able to reflect deeply and critically on what is equitable and just for all and on how to minimize harm to our planet. Teaching this concept to university students increases their beliefs, and impacts them with skills for evaluating their ethics and impacts of their judgments. For the students to be effective global citizens, the designers of the concept should put emphasis on making students flexible, imaginative and positive. This will help them make decisions, solve problems, think critically, communicate effectively and perform efficiently within teams and groups. The skills are impacted in the students using active learning methods via which students learn by doing and by working in partnership with others (Banks, 2004).
Global citizenship according Isin (2013), is grouped as; political global citizenship, moral global citizenship, economic global citizenship, cultural global citizenship, social global citizenship, critical global citizenship, environmental global citizenship and spiritual global citizenship. As a result, it is the responsibility of both the university as an institution and the students to develop the concept of global citizenship. Due to the interconnected and interdependent nature of the world we live in, the world is not a vacuum; rather it is part of our day to day lifestyle as we are linked to others all over the universe hence the need for the entire society; both students and the university as an institution to develop the concept of global citizenship Isin (2013).
Banks, J. A. (2004, December). Teaching for social justice, diversity, and citizenship in a global world. In The educational forum (Vol. 68, No. 4, pp. 296-305). Taylor & Francis Group.
Isin, E. F. (2013). Democracy, citizenship and the global city. Routledge.