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International Youth White Paper on Global Citizenship

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Prologue This paper is a result of work done by over 1300 students from 11 countries, in partnership with The Centre for Global Education, Canadian Commission for UNESCO, TakingITGlobal, the Centre for Global Citizenship Education and Research, and the Global Centre for Pluralism. Students came together to collaborate, through the use of technology, in a Virtual Town Hall to discuss the youths' vision for Global Citizenship Education. From every continent, the youth of the world exchanged ideas, debated alternatives, and ultimately created a document that represents their voice on the relationship education should have with global citizenship. The Virtual Town Hall was the culmination of months of online teamwork, 10,000 hours of student collaboration, over 500 hours of teacher facilitation, and the passion of these youth to engage in an international conversation and have their voices 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

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