Global Schools First

Inspiring Learners and Transforming Schools Through Global Citizenship Education

ACEI's Approach to Global Citizenship Education
A globalized world requires education that empowers learners to value national, social, racial, cultural, and religious differences while embracing our common humanity. To prepare children to be dedicated stewards of an increasingly interconnected world, global citizenship education must be placed at the center of learning.

Global citizenship education is a journey—one that begins when children are very young. As we grow and develop relationships outside the family, we learn about who we are—our identity—and how we are similar to and different from others. Learning to respect human differences is as much an encounter with one’s self as it is with someone different than oneself.

Primary schools play a critical role in supporting children’s development of identity and self-awareness. Teachers, administrators, and education support professionals share the responsibility for:

• Nurturing children’s growing sense of self by encouraging the development of their unique identities
• Building an appreciation of differences by supporting children’s awareness of the unique identities of others
• Facilitating the growth of healthy relationships between peers
• Helping children to develop interpersonal skills such as kindness, compassion, and empathy.

As children's perspectives expand, to include their classrooms, schools, community, and the world, they take the first steps toward global-mindedness. It is this capacity that is essential for advancing global unity and shaping a more sustainable future for all human beings.

Global Schools First
Through the Global Schools First initiative, ACEI guides primary schools worldwide on their transformative journeys to create a more peaceful, just, and sustainable future for all.

Global Schools First offers schools an array of resources, support systems, and event-based learning opportunities for integrating quality global citizenship education into all aspects of the school. Schools may apply for ACEI’s esteemed Global Schools First Award.

Whether you have just begun to plot the course for your global citizenship journey or are well on your way, Global Schools First can support your commitment to making education relevant to today’s global challenges and preparing learners to take collective action toward a better future.
A Whole-School Approach
Global Schools First brings together teachers, administrators, learners, and others from the school community to assess the integration of global citizenship education into all aspects of their schools, including:

• school leadership
• relationships
• curriculum, teaching, and learning
• co-curricular and extracurricular activities
• school culture and environment.

Embedding global citizenship across all aspects of school life benefits learners, teachers, and the community, ultimately leading to wider school improvement.

Global Schools First Award

Guided by a whole-school approach, schools follow a three-phase, cyclical process in which they review and reflect on their current work, are recognized for their achievements, develop and implement an action plan to reach their goals, and review their progress again.

Schools may submit their findings from the reflection phase to be considered for the Global Schools First Award. ACEI’s team of global citizenship experts will review the findings and schools displaying excellence in all areas will be recognized with this esteemed designation that symbolizes a school’s outstanding achievements in global citizenship education.

The Six Dimensions of Global Citizenship Education
Global citizenship refers to a sense of belonging to a common humanity and shared responsibility for a sustainable and peaceful world. Global citizenship education harnesses the transformative potential of education to empower learners with the competencies necessary to appreciate our local-global interconnectedness, become critically engaged in complex human challenges, including social and environmental justice issues, and take action to advance global unity and sustainable futures for all. Linked to global citizenship are six interrelated dimensions: discovery, defining core values, diplomacy, decision making, development, and design thinking.