Global Citizenship Education Curriculum

Design Workshop

December 14th, Professor Fernando Reimers, Ford Foundation Professor for the Practice of International Education, Director of Global Education Innovation Initiative, and Harvard University’s Director of International Education Policy Program, visited Tsinghua University Lifelong Learning Lab. Reimers conducted a workshop on the theme of “Global Citizenship Education Curriculum Design”

Professor Reimers is an expert in the field of global citizenship education, his research and teaching focuses on how to help students to face challenges of the 21st century confidently. Global Citizenship education also centers around how to strengthen students’ social responsibilities, deepen their understandings of sustainable development goals (SGDs) and foster consciousness for global understanding. His most two recent publications Empowering Students to Improve the World in Sixty Lessons and Empowering Global Citizens focus on the theme of global citizenship education and the 17 SDGs, aiming to provide practical and feasible frameworks and tools for K-12 schools.

During the morning session, Professor Reimers introduced how school education can provide more opportunities for students to develop critical skills that is important for 21st century. Reimers, together with more than 70 school principals and teachers, conducted the workshop. Reimers also emphasized the importance and practicality of global citizenship education with the audience. The event was hosted by Emma Peng, assistant director of Lifelong Learning Lab, Tsinghua University.

11 schools from Sichuan, Zhejiang, Shandong, and Tianjin presented their practical experiences and investigations of global understanding curriculum. The themes and topics presented by the schools include: blended and interdisciplinary learning, Project Based Learning, 17 Global Sustainable Development Goals, “13 Steps” of Implementing an Improvement Network, international exchanges, student council, school-based research, student-centered teaching and learning, etc.

Then, Professor Fernando Reimers provided feedback and summary for the presentations given at the workshop. Professor Reimers believes that the world is changing drastically, and schools need to adjust accordingly. Thus, the following 3 competences or core skills need to be fostered:

Cognitive skill

Including critical thinking, problem solving, logical reasoning, interpretation, decision-making, executive functioning, knowledge, and creativity.

Inter-personal skills

Inter-personal skills are especially important in the 21st century, including collaborative group skills, communication, and collaboration skills, ability to express empathy and perspective taking, as well as conflict resolution, negotiation, leadership, and how to shoulder on responsibilities for a team, including how to inspire others to achieve a common goal.

Intra-personal skills

Intra-personal skills include self-efficacy, flexibility, adaptability, personal and social responsibility, capacity for lifelong learning, appreciation for diversity, perseverance for learning and work, self-reflection, ability to predict for the unknown future, ethics, and self-regulation.

 In the afternoon session, principals and teachers from different schools are grouped into 7 heterogeneous groups. Each group selected one of the seventeen SDGs and one critical skill or core competence students need when completing the learning activity. Teachers then designed curriculum and lesson-plan according to the learning goals and skill objectives.

The activity was broadcast live online, which attracted more than 300 views as well as replays through our online learning group. To review the workshop, please scan the QR code: