Empowerment, Empathy and Ethics
I have yet to meet a fellow educator who does not share the belief that we should strive to instill within the children we interact with the values of becoming good global citizens. In these troubling political times of exclusion and non-acceptance I am very lucky in the school that I work in that being a global citizen is becoming a focal point of development.
Libraries are, or should be, central to any school, we are in an excellent position at Bangkok Patana School to promote our community’s beliefs and values, so are in a prime position to promote global citizenship. This has been very much the case when reflecting on global citizenship in my school. Our latest library displays boldly show our values and our library house competition has enabled students to explore these values within books that they are reading.
When reflecting on how and why libraries help develop skills of global citizenship I keep coming back to the importance of developing what my colleague, Stephen Murgatroyd and I have coined the three Es. Empowerment, Empathy and Ethics.
How Libraries Develop Global Citizenship