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[caption id="attachment_6123" align="alignright" width="241"] William Gaudelli, A&H Chair & Associate Professor of Social Studies and Education, at TC's Center on History & Education roundtable in February.[/caption] reposted from TC International News 5/20/2015 New York, NY -- William Gaudelli, Chair of the Department of Arts and Humanities and Associate Professor of Social Studies and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, called for immediate action to broaden and strengthen global citizenship education in a panel discussion on May 20 in Seoul, South Korea. He was an invited panelist at the Second United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) Forum. For the prepared text of Gaudelli’s remarks, click here. “The situation in which we find ourselves globally – living interconnected, yet behaving as though we do not – requires your full attention and action,” Gaudelli told education ministers from around the world in remarks prepared for the private gathering. “We are at a moment in time where we face the paradoxical capacity to destroy much of what the modern era has achieved. But we also have the chance – one that may not come again – to pivot towards a more just, sustainable and tolerant global society. I say ‘pivot’ intentionally here, since a subtle change, of course, will not be sufficient. We need dramatic changes in education, and we need them now.” Gaudelli’s panel, “Fostering Global Citizenship Education in the Context of Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals,” was part of an all-day conference, “Strengthening UNAI University Network and Fostering Global Citizenship Education in the Context of Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals.” Gaudelli suggested several specific actions:
- Develop curriculum to illustrate how interdependent the world is by having students trace where their clothing and personal items come from, how they got into their hands and how they will be disposed of;
- Create opportunities for educators and students to learn about how other people live, through exchange programs and online dialogs about common interests and shared problems;
- Build gardens and grow food while studying how food, water and power is sourced, generated and supplied to their school and community;
- Support educators learning about the world through a Professional Development opportunity,such as the online Global Competence Certificate Program offered by Teachers College, Columbia University, or take an online course on sustainability at the Earth Institute of Columbia University; and
- Take advantage of the power of this group of ministers to collaborate across ministries and share, exchange and network your teachers to build a better tomorrow through common projects.