International Youth White Paper on Global Citizenship

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Prologue Thispaperisaresultofworkdonebyover1300studentsfrom11countries,inpartnershipwithTheCentreforGlobalEducation, Canadian Commission for UNESCO, TakingITGlobal, the Centre for Global Citizenship Education and Research, and the Global CentreforPluralism.Studentscametogethertocollaborate,throughtheuseoftechnology,inaVirtualTownHalltodiscussthe youths' vision for Global Citizenship Education. From every continent, the youth of the world exchanged ideas, debated alternatives,andultimatelycreatedadocumentthatrepresentstheirvoiceontherelationshipeducationshouldhavewithglobal citizenship.TheVirtualTownHallwastheculminationofmonthsofonlineteamwork,10,000hoursofstudentcollaboration,over 500hoursofteacherfacilitation,andthepassionoftheseyouthtoengageinaninternationalconversationandhavetheirvoices heard. Paper Structure The White Paper is structured around a seasonal song cycle. A song cycle consists of a set of solo pieces that are intended to be sung as a unit. The sections of each theme in this paper - summer, autumn, winter, and spring - reflect the ever changing but interconnected character of the natural world. Like the natural world, we want to be ever changing yet completely cohesive in the approach for global citizenship, as we aspire for our ideals (summer), work through our concerns (autumn) and questions (winter), to consider new ways of moving forward (spring). Participant Countries ● Edmonton, Canada - Queen Elizabeth High School ● Brasilia, Brazil - Centro Interescolar deLinguas deTaguatinga ● El Jadida, Morocco - Ange Bleu Private School ● Aukland, New Zealand - Auckland Girls' Grammar School ● Manila, Philippines - Veritas Catholic School ● Stockholm, Sweden - Globala Gymnasiet ● Nairobi, Kenya - St Austin's Academy ● Ptuj, Slovenia - Gimnazija Ptuj ● Barrhead, Canada - Alberta Distant Learning Centre ● Carrefour, Haiti - College De Cote Plage ● Palestine - Turkish Secondary Girls School ● Fort Vancouver, United States - Fort Vancouver High School Center for International Studies Contact information: Dr. Lynette Shultz Terry Godwaldt The Centre for GLobal Citizenship Education and Research The Centre for Global Education lshultz@ualberta.ca terry@tcge.ca Date: March, 2017

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