Global citizenship in a view

In a world that changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks. (Mark Zuckerberg).


Being a global citizen is an undoubted value.  What does it mean to be a global citizen? For me it’s simply being a part of emerging world, taking advantage from what the world has to offer but also working within your community to promote values that make people curious with sense of belonging to wider community, believing in their individuality and creativity and building the sense of adventure. For over a month now I have got a chance to learn a bit about Vietnam, society and school systems. From what I have learnt, I wanted to offer teenagers different way of learning, as I believe in leading by example. The class, that I run, not only gives them an opportunity to discuss in English and improve their language skills, but it also introduces them the world outside of their comfort zone. During the duration of the program we will discuss school and family’s issues, roles of men and women, values that are respected in our community and different part of the world. We will share ideas of how to spend free time, of books we read, music we listen to. The idea behind the program is to notice and appreciate our family, friends and classmates not because how they look but for the values they represent; to learn about other countries, religions, political systems, traditions, environment. What is more I want teenagers to share experiences therefore the program includes different activities, like: cooking, watching movies, visiting galleries museums and also a swimming pool among others, as I believe that when you make people involve you help them remember and learn from the experience.

What is important to me is that my students know that I, as a teacher, am not getting any gratification for my job and time I spent with them. The income that comes out from these classes is fully donated to Coins 4 Change – social enterprise, for supporting single mothers in need and also disadvantaged women in Vietnam. This way they learn both to help and to be conscious citizens. Being a conscious citizen of your surrounding world is the first step in becoming a global citizen.

Karolina Juras


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