Reflections of Young Global Citizens

Each Tuesday afternoon, a small group of Year 6 gifted girls participate in the Global Problem Solvers course, exploring global issues and considering our responsibilities as young global citizens in creating solutions and advocating for change.

On reflection, Emily said she enjoyed learning how to find different ins and outs of a problem.

“You learn how to identify problems that may not be noticeable to you,” she said.

“Global Problem Solvers has taught me to look deeper into a problem and consider other people’s perspectives.”

In a special session, the girls watched Tiffany Shlain’s 2016 film, 50/50. The film explores more than 10,000 years of history of women and power from scarcity, moving into abundance. Women are referred to as unicorns – “not mythical or unreal but who stood out, unique in their day.”

The film looks at the role of women and their contributions to society – beyond the political leaders to the abundance of women who build our narrative as artists, philosophers, storytellers, mothers and leaders.

With a world population of 50 per cent women, and a world that gives us a wealth of opportunities to learn from each other and accelerate the pace of change through our interconnectivity, what can we do as young global citizens?

Following the viewing, we had rich discussions around the definition of equality and equity and how these apply to terms beyond gender.

Participants reflected on their own lives, and those of their mothers and grandmothers, to explore intergenerational gender equality. We considered how we all might be affected if change does not occur, and what we dare to dream about for the future.

We discussed the 82 Chibok schoolgirls who were abducted in north-eastern Nigeria three years ago and returned just two days ago, after it came up in the news this week. We talked about the inequality of gender in countries around the world and the differences between countries and continents.

We discussed the MTV Movie and TV Awards making history by combining their traditional ‘Best Actor’ and ‘Best Actress’ award for a more inclusive, genderless award which was won by Emma Watson – a feminist advocating for change.

We will continue to have these rich and considered conversations as the course diversifies over the year, exploring our roles as young global citizens in this area, as well as others.

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