Global citizens are individuals capable of succeeding in the world through an understanding of global issues and a commitment to local concerns.
Ashlawn Elementary School strives to educate and nurture Global Citizens by providing our students with experiences and opportunities to explore cultures around the world; protect our environment; prevent inequities in terms of economics, gender, and race; and promote peace and tolerance. During the 2007-2008 school year, teachers, parents, staff and the administrators at Ashlawn were able to expand these experiences and opportunities by developing an Arlington Public Schools Exemplary Project to teach the existing curricula and add new activities through the lens of Global Citizenship. The School Board approved the multi-year project to begin in September 2008.
The current school climate and traditions foster an appreciation of culture, nature, humanity, and community. This Global Citizenship Project (GCP) will make these existing traditions and any new activities more deliberate, cohesive, and relevant to the curriculum. Through this project, our Global Citizens will be provided with opportunities to learn about some of the critical issues and questions facing the world today and how to take a role in affecting change.
The four key components of the GCP are:
- CULTURE: Develop and foster respect and care for cultures around the world and within our school community.
- ENVIRONMENT: Develop and foster respect and care for the Earth’s ecological systems.
- SOCIAL JUSTICE: Develop and foster respect and care for human and economic development that is equitable and sustainable.
- LEADERSHIP AND CULTURE OF PEACE: Develop and foster leadership skills to promote democracy, nonviolence, and peace.
Teachers and staff are working on exciting new units of study and lesson plans that incorporate the Arlington and Virginia curriculum into the GCP. Classroom lessons, library lessons, special classes of Art, Music, Physical Education and FLES program will all be a part of the GCP. Throughout the year, we are planning school events, fundraising, and service projects and other activities that reflect the goals of the Project.