“…we all have an obligation as citizens of this earth to leave the world a healthier, cleaner, and better place for our children and future generations.”
~ Blythe Danner
In our Social Studies curriculum, we learn about the traditions and culture, the land and the resources of four countries: Tunisia, Ukraine, India and Peru. But, within our own CLASSROOM, we have rich and diverse cultural backgrounds and interests as well! We’ve spent some time sharing a little more about our OWN varied heritage and personal interests! It has been exciting to find out more about who we are and where we fit in the world. We are ALL global citizens! This post explores our conversations around what it means to be a “global citizen”.
“It is important to be a global citizen because it is good doing something for the world. For example, if I saw a not good citizen put garbage on the ground and I picked it up and put it in the garbage, that is being a good citizen. If you didn’t pick the garbage up and left it on the ground that is not being a good citizen. I think that in our world we should pick up garbage even if it is not yours. Being best for the world is important because it is our place. It is important to help others because it is like being the best for the world and being helpful to others!” ~Joyce
“Are you a global citizen? You are … and we’re going to talk about it today! We think it is important because being a global citizen can mean a LOT to others. We think it is important to learn about new and old places and people because it will help you learn about the poor and rich, the big and small, and to care for and help EVERYBODY! Different does not matter because every culture and community has their differences and similarities. Remember to be kind.” ~Jayden & Ella
“Global Citizenship is good because you are helping people around the world. Global Citizenship is when people learn about the world. Good global citizenship is when good people do good things. It is important to help others when they need help because if you don’t help others they won’t help you. It’s important to be the best for the world that you can be!” ~Nick
“Global Citizenship is important because if nobody was a global citizen then there would not be a library in Peru! It’s important to help others because if there was nobody to help Mrs. Adamson when she broke her arm we would be sad. Did you know that there are good global citizens and bad global citizens? Being a good global citizen means that you don’t litter and it means that you help people around the world. It’s important to be kind to people because it could change the world!” ~Amro
“Global citizenship means people in different parts of the world. It also means world wide … people learning from each other!” ~Dimitri
“Being a Global Citizen means that you help people around the world. You should BE one! It’s as easy as eating CAKE!!! Today, we are discussing it in class. We are all part of the world. No one is better than anyone else. We all care about each other. It is important to be one because if one person has all the money in the world, then it can be hard for other people to live. We all should be one. We should be the best FOR the world!” ~Lauren & Chelsea
“Well, being a good citizen is important because, let’s say that you were walking in the lunch room, and someone bumped into you and you lost all your lunch and that person didn’t say sorry or buy you a new lunch. Then you realize how bad you feel, and if you do that to another person, you’ll see how bad they’ll feel. If you’re almost all the time nice, then you’ll get some friends, but if you are nice all the time you’ll make a LOT more friends! If you don’t know if you’re a global citizen, I mean a NICE one, then see if you have a lot of friends, like me! It’s important to learn about other people too. If you have friends in another country … then ask them what it’s like!” ~Rebecca
Our Global Citizens were inspired by a blog post at Kid World Citizen, by Becky Morales!
“Global Citizenship means people … even me! It also means people from different countries … like if someone lived in China and moved to Canada. Not everyone is a global citizen. You are a good global citizen if you do not litter! Global citizenship also means world wide!” ~Constantine
“Global citizenship is something I like to call:
- helping out
- being a good citizen
Why is global citizenship important? Well, it helps most of us in our jobs, school and at home. Usually at home, if you have a brother or a sister, that is when you start to have fights. What do you do next? Here are two choices:
- work it out
I would say “WORK IT OUT”!!! Yup! That is part of global citizenship. If the world did not have global citizenship you know the world would not be a good place to live.” ~Christopher
“Today our teacher, Mrs. Renton, asked us what global meant and what citizenship meant and what global citizenship meant. Most of us scratched our HEADS! You might ask why is it important to be kind to others. Well, you might litter. That doesn’t just affect a community … it affects the whole world! Mrs. Renton read us books about global citizenship. Citizens are people all around the world.” ~Elijah, Tre & Tommy
“Global citizenship is important because we have rights and if you and I did not have rights it would be a DISASTER. Global citizenship is also important because some people don’t respect the world or other people … like the girl who was shot in the head in Pakistan. That’s not respecting global citizenship. Everyone should respect global citizenship.” ~Danny
We are young … but we are discovering that there is a world BEYOND our own homes, our classroom, our school, our city, our province and our country! It is a world we ALL share!
“The earth is but one country and Mankind its citizens.”
“Are you a global citizen? Opps … sorry … that’s a silly question … of COURSE you are!!! The question I MEANT to ask was if you were a GOOD global citizen! Here are some ways you CAN be a good global citizen! First of all … be kind to others, donate to people in need … it’s as easy as putting one dime in a donation box. If you do these things, forget about being a good global citizen. You’ll be a GREAT global citizen! Why is it important to be a good global citizen, you might be asking yourself. If everyone in the world was doing good deeds, think of what the world would be like! Everyone doing favours for each other and smiles all around! And … think of what the world would be like if everyone was doing the opposite.” ~Ben
“Citizenship is important because you should help people around the world. Citizens are people. Everyone is a citizen in the world. Some citizens are nice and some are not. Most citizens are nice and make the world a better place. We wish everyone on earth was a good global citizen.” ~Tyler & Davis
“Global citizenship. That’s a pretty long phrase! We’re all global citizens. In fact, no matter what, even if you don’t want to be one, you are still a global citizen. You can be a “good global citizen”, or a “bad global citizen”. To be a good global citizen, you help others … you help the poor … but not just with money. Even KINDNESS! To be a bad global citizen, you … I’m not even going to mention it! Remember, give the gift of kindness. Being a good global citizen can spread smiles.” ~AJ
Together we CAN make a difference … so NOW what? We can each start by:
- sharing a SMILE!
- giving the gift of kindness!
- helping others … and it doesn’t even have to cost any MONEY!
- pick up your garbage!
- pick up other people’s litter, (if it’s safe), and put it where it belongs!
- be “eco FRIENDLY”!
- include others … no matter WHAT culture they are from or what colour skin they have!
- What do you do to be a positive global citizen?
- How do you keep your family traditions alive?
- What is your cultural background?