NPDL Citizenship

What is Citizenship?

Today, digital technologies enable students to be more connected than ever before. By a simple swipe of a device, they can interact with others, unconstrained by location, distance or time.

This unprecedented access to globally connected networks enables people around the world to face global challenges together. In this context, it is essential that students develop their sense of being part of a global community, caring for the world and for those with whom they share it.

Global citizenship builds connections and empowers young people to make choices and a difference. It nurtures intercultural understanding and encourages students to recognise their responsibilities towards each other and to learn from each other. Education for global citizenship helps students to actively engage with communities everywhere, and make the world a more just and sustainable place.

What does Citizenship look like?

A Global Perspective

Learners actively engage in thinking about and taking action, both individually and collectively, on issues with global implications. They understand their place in the world and that a global perspective is part of everyday local life in small villages and large cities all over the world. Learners think and act as global citizens. They have a belief that people can make a difference in the world, and they actively engage in making this happen.

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Global Citizen

Malala Yousafzai Nobel Peace Prize Speech

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Understanding of diverse values and worldviews

Learners genuinely care about the planet and its people, and show active concern for the other people they share it with. They have an open-minded curiosity about different cultures and worldviews that is rooted in a strong awareness of their own. They use their understanding of their own and others' cultures to consider global issues in relation to diverse values and worldviews.

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Schooling the World

Angela Jackson: Turning Urban Youth into Global Citizens

Genuine interest in human and environmental sustainability

Learners have a sound appreciation of the importance of the environment for human survival, and are skilled at generating environmentally sustainable solutions that affect the planet and its inhabitants. Learners have a strong view of environmental issues and their importance. They infuse this perspective into their work, culminating in positive action for human and environmental sustainability.

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Sustainability easily explained

Mocomi Kids: What is sustainability?

Solving ambiguous and complex problems in the real world to benefit citizens

Learners have a high level of comfort and interest in tackling real‐world problems that are open‐ended and unstructured, in which they have to create a perspective or way of looking at the issue rather than have one framed for them.

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Global Citizen Journey

Show and Tell 2025 Getup! Australia

Leveraging digital: exploiting the potential of the digital tools and resources available

Digital elements are ubiquitous and used in powerful ways to deepen the global, cultural, and environmental elements of the learning process. Learners can articulate in detail about how each digital element has enhanced the quality of a product or solution and its contribution to equity, justice, and sustainability in different cultures and parts of the globe, and apply that understanding.

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