It is no secret that the world is changing fast – society, culture, and nations are all shifting and conceptions of citizenship are shifting with them. In this quickly changing environment, it is important that education keeps up with developments, and helps produce students that practice an engaged and relevant model of citizenship. But in order to do this, global citizenship education itself must be relevant, up to date, and engaging. This is particularly true in rural areas, where some evidence shows that global citizenship education is less fully implemented, particularly in comparison to urban counterparts.
The Rural GCE project intends to help address the imbalance, where it exists, between urban and rural areas and how citizenship is taught and approached in these areas. It will research and consider rurality and rural issues in the chosen countries, issues around global citizenship education, how it is taught, and how all these concepts might intersect. Once these issues have been identified and elaborated on, the project then aims to create a comprehensive learning motivational environment through which resources and training materials can be easily accessed, allowing teachers and other relevant stakeholders to better impart global citizenship practices and values in a more engaging and comprehensive way.
The project has the following objectives:
- To identify ways in which global citizenship education in rural areas face difficulties or barriers, as well as its areas of strength
- To develop a course that caters to these these difficulties as well as building on the areas of strength
- To develop a learning motivational environment that imparts useful skill and knowledge to users in an accessible and engaging way
- To create a community of practice for teachers and other educators through a virtual Network that they can use to share knowledge, practices, and the project results themselves