The 21st century student will sell to the world, buy from the world, work for international companies, compete with people from other countries, manage employees from other cultures, collaborate with people all over the world, and solve global problems.
School 2.0 is a global approach where every student is nurtured in a learner centered inclusive approach that supports their ambitions and challenges their assumptions. In education, global competitiveness can be characterized as the set of skills and factors that support individuals’ personal and professional productivity in their communities and in the world. Being globally competitive today requires developing global competence. Equipping students with specific hard skills to compete in a global job market is important, but cultivating their abilities to effectively share ideas and communicate across cultures in appropriate and respectful ways is critical.
All students regardless of where they live or their socioeconomic status and cultural backgrounds are equally deserving of educational experiences that prepare them to be globally competent. So how do we as educators continuously create opportunities and deliver instruction that ensures global competence for all? One option is to provide students with instructional practices that consistently engage global content, multicultural perspectives and problem solving across subject areas.
The most successful global education approaches recognize the attitudes, skills and knowledge students need to navigate, contribute to and flourish in the world and they integrate activities that purposefully resolve opportunity gaps among students on a daily basis. At Pallikoodam we look closely at the characteristics of globally competent students and address how our K-12 education can utilize global education practices to equitably prepare all students for success.While the definition of global competence is dynamic, these soft skills and characteristics are widely seen as what students need to be globally competent today.