Education of World Citizenships.
       

Education for Global Citizenship
The Gyeongiu Action Plan
Gyeongiu, Korea
Rene Wadlow*

The Gyeongiu Action Plan was proclaimed on l June 2016 at the United Nations Department of Public Information – Non-governmental organization Conference as a Plan of Action for developing a fully conscience of Global Citizenship. The Plan states “The spirit of global citizenship, in which our primary identity is that of human beings requires that all people should have access to life-long learning opportunities that help them acquire the knowledge and skills needed to exploit opportunities and to participate fully in society.”

Social progress depends upon having for the largest percentage of people possible meaningful work - work which is meaningful for their lives and for the benefit of the wider society. Thus schooling is the preparatory stage for life-long education. The school forms the habits of learning and also provides the means for continuing education throughout one's life.

The school has an important task to prepare the student to earn a living in an ethical way, to contribute to the welfare of the family and the community. Yet vocational and professional training can never be the whole of education. All societies are changing too quickly to learn a skill which will last for a lifetime. Increasingly, people will change the type of work they do several times during their life.

Thus, the school has the task of teaching positive attitudes toward work, to stress pride in work well done. We need to develop in our schools a set of values which will bind us together as we pursue a viable and worthwhile future.

Cooperation is an important value for social progress. Cooperation is a form of self-imposed restraint on personal power - the capacity to work with rather than over someone.

Cooperation requires maintaining trust. The student must face the challenge of trusting part of his future to others. Likewise, the student must be trustworthy, as others will depend on him. Each of us can accomplish little alone, and we develop ourselves most fully when we are able to cooperate in relations based on trust. Trust and cooperations are important aspects of developing Global Citizenship.

* Rene Wadlow, President, Association of World Citizens