We are all citizens of an emerging global community, connected through technology and humanity. It is important to be aware of the wider world, understand how it works and have a sense of our role in solutions for local and global issues.
The Global Citizenship Centre at Ivanhoe Grammar School is an Australian-first initiative. Launched in May 2017, the Centre is run in partnership with the JUMP! Foundation, a not-for-profit social enterprise specialising in youth empowerment, leadership and global citizenship education.
The day-to-day role of the Centre is to incorporate simple awareness activities to students from all year levels both in the classroom and in their co-curricular pursuits. Using the UN Global Goals as a foundation, Ivanhoe Grammar School students are regularly asked to consider how these goals can be reached, and the future they want to see grow from their own actions. Since its launch, we have seen student-led initiatives flourish in areas such as environmental awareness, gender equality and wellbeing.
As the program grows, the Centre will help educators Australia-wide to embrace global citizenship in their programs and see students partner with local service groups and run TEDx-style youth events.