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Global Citizenship, Locally Rooted

and Globally Respected


Citizenship has always been an uneven experience for the
peoples of the world. Even within a particular country, it menas
one thing for previleged classes, the dominant race, religion,
gender, and quiet another for those who are economically,
socially, politically, and culturcally subordinated to varying
degredd. Citizenship, in general, expresses membership and the
quality of participation in a political community. Global citizenship
it is a way of living that recognises our world is an increasingly
complex web of connections and interdependencies. One in
which our choices and actions may have repercussions for people
and communities locally, nationally or internationally.
Global citizenship, in some contexts may refers to a brand of ethics or
political philosophy also in which it is proposed that the core social, political,
economic and environmental realities of the world today should be addressed at
all levels through a global lens. It means that global citizenship is such a main
motoric of international relations.
For example, there is a paper which concentrates on the interconnection
between intercultural communication and international relations. And we focus on
power and conflit cooperation issues to move from conflicts to cooperations,
international actors need global citizenship and must possess an understanding of
effective communication also have the skills to act on their knowledge in
culturally diverse environment.
The nowadays generations give themselves a tag as global
citizen which based on the fact that day by day we have become

more connected than ever with the development of technology


provides us. The expectation was, as we are more connected, we
are about to share more humanity between each other,
encouraging more cross cultural comprehension, and holding
hands together fighting for virtuous objective such as poverty,
water shortage, and racial discrimination. The opportunities our
fast-changing

globalised

world

offers

young

people

are

enormous. But so too are the challenges. Young people are


entitled to an education that equips them with the knowledge,
skills and values they need in order to embrace the opportunities
and challenges they encounter, and to create the kind of world
that they want to live in. An education that supports their
development as global citizens.
Local knowledge is a "way of life and science as well as
various life strategies that intangible activities undertaken by
local communities in addressing the various problems in the
fulfillment of their needs". This term in English is conceived as
local wisdom or local knowledge or local genious. Their fulfillment
system includes all the elements of life: religion, science,
economics,

technology,

social

organization,

language

and

communication, as well as the arts. They have an understanding,


programs, activities related to implementation to maintain,
improve, develop elements of their needs, with attention to the
environment and human resources which are on their citizens
life.
What is the significance of local knowledge (contained in
the local culture) in the development of civil society especially
global citizenship? In the local culture there are ideas (cultural
system), behaviors (activities, social system), and artifacts
(material culture) containing values that is useful and relevant for

the development of civil society. In every element of culture that


has been mentioned along with its distribution certainly contains
the values that are relevant and useful for the development of
civil society.
When that day of giving the best we can do have come,
we are officially ready for being a true global citizen. It will be the
day when sharing humanity will come from deepest heart of
every human being rather than forced or persuaded. The
engagement and flux of knowledge, culture, diversity, and
character will not matter at all because we share the same
humanity, eagerness of learning, and mutual understanding
between one another. It is the day when everyone will be locally
rooted and globally respected.
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