Global citizenship is not a new concept; however, it's become a hot topic in more recent years. Global citizenship, international-mindedness, and social action as concepts and practices work hand in hand. Encouraging local-global citizenship can include learning different languages, traveling abroad, and exploring different cultures and lived experiences.
You need not hop on a plane or sign up for a Rosetta Stone course to cultivate that global and inclusive mindset. Tap into multi-culturalism by going beyond your block.
Here are a few easy-peasy ways to nudge our children toward thinking and living globally.
Try New Restaurants and Supermarkets
Education plays a huge role in global citizenship. Eating at new restaurants and shopping at specialty markets are a couple of the easiest (and tastiest) ways to teach our children about different cultures.
There are many opportunities available in which you and your children can both help the community while learning about individual people and their heritage and values. Remember, when volunteering, allow those in need to lead.
Instead of taking your children to Target or other name-brand locations for every item, opt for shops around the city that are locally owned. Not only are you helping local shops by providing them business, but it's also a fantastic way to get to know the community.
Discussing topics surrounding inclusion is one thing. Immersing yourself in the community and surrounding communities provides a different experience and assists with multicultural competence. It allows you and your children to learn more about people in the surrounding city while bettering the area. You are educating yourselves and helping the community while leading you on your path to becoming a global citizen.