ISWA Becomes Founding Member of UN School Programme
11th October, 2018
“We must foster Global Citizenship. Education is about more than literacy and numeracy. It is also about citizenry. Education must fully assume its essential role in helping people to forge more just, peaceful and tolerant societies.” Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary-General, 26 September 2014
The International School of Western Australia is proud to announce our membership to the United Nations Association of Australia Western Australian Division (UNAAWA)’s Global Citizenship Schools Programme.
As a Global Citizenship School, ISWA automatically becomes a member of the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA), which is a global network of people in over 100 member states seeking to promote and strengthen the work of the UN. The school also gets access to their speaker programme, advisory services, celebrations of UN observances, networking events, extracurricular activities, and recognition of excellence in global citizenship education.
According to Rees Barrett, School Programmes Coordinator at UNAAWA, “Global citizenship education (GCEd) is a strategic priority for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). ‘Global citizenship refers to a sense of belonging to a broader community and common humanity. It emphasises political, economic, social and cultural inter-dependency and inter-connectedness between the local, the national and the global.'” The GCEd framework therefore was created “in response to the needs of Member States for overall guidance on integrating global citizenship education in their education systems. It presents suggestions for translating global citizenship education concepts into practical and age-specific topics and learning objectives in a way that allows for adaptation to local contexts.”
We are excited to use this opportunity to further the educational work initiated by UNESCO, UNAA and UNAAWA, and look forward to the positive contributions our international and local students will make toward fostering global citizens, both within themselves and their communities.