Updated: Sep 16, 2019
The Indian philosophy has always emphasised upon a broader, comprehensive world view. There are several references to this effect. The repeated call of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam is all-encompassing; not only human being but all creatures of God. Everything that exists in the world is but a part of one large family. The concept of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam is a spiritual understanding that the whole world is one family, emphasising further the unity of human beings. The concept lays the importance of the world being one, regardless of race, caste, creed, culture and religion. The enunciation of Sustainable Development Goals aligns well with this philosophy Goal no 4.7 namely, inculcation of Global Citizenship to achieve SDGs is a primary objective to be achieved. Another reference comes from Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah wishing welfare, happiness and prosperity for all. The collection of other Sanskrit fables called Hitopadesha teaches us the values of growing as a responsible citizen.
Given this rich background propounding the oneness of humanity, it is natural that young children grow with universal values and the characteristics of Global Citizenship. A Global citizen is one who has the ability, foresight, and sensitivity to recognise a problem as a global and human problem. One would work relentlessly in collaboration with others to find a solution to the problem recognised. A global citizen possesses empathy and compassion, committing himself to take action and raise a voice. For developing this trait, qualities such as critical thinking, collaboration, articulation, ability to campaign and network are essential. The Global Citizenship Foundation is encouraging schools and other stakeholders in imbibing global citizenship values.