IntroductionGlobal citizenship is the system of creating and maintaining world peace and order through the concept of individuals having a global intention to reinforce ethical and moral responsibilities in communities that one lives in even if its not their own country of origin. Global citizenship has similar contexts as cosmopolitanism, and the systems of globalization, in that they are geared towards making the world a global village, with people respecting the rule of law, upholding the human rights of every individual big or small, and improve international relations that feeds the increasing world demands in the new world order (Dower & Williams, 2002). Elements of Global CitizenshipEffective Knowledge and understandingFor effective and responsible global citizenship, there is an increasing need to conform to international standards.
This does help in avoiding infringements into other people’s personal space, infringement on people’s freedoms, imposing one’s belief and culture on others, degradation of global environment and violation of fundamental human rights (Carter, 2001). There are key elements to global citizenship that evaluates and forms responsible global citizenship. There is knowledge and understanding. Any person involved in the systems of global citizenship should first understand that all humankind are one and should not be looked down upon or neglected by either their race, religion, colour of their skin, social status, social groupings, gender, age, sex, disabilities, or even one’s sexual orientation (Dower & Williams, 2002).
A responsible global citizen should know and appreciate that people globally are different and that the diversity makes them unique. Diversity is beautiful and should be encouraged and used as mode of tourism through cultural lifestyles, music, dances, fairy tales and arts.
Global citizenship allows for understanding and gaining knowledge on how the systems of economics, politics, religion, social beliefs, social behaviour, and environments work (Dower & Williams, 2002). This is done through implementation of globalization processes and advocating for interdependence. Through knowledge and understanding, universal ethics are geared towards creating and sustaining social equity and social justice (Carter, 2001). Moreover, gaining the knowledge on innovations that will help develop sustainable development, restore peace in conflicting and warring nations through repatriation and reconciliation. For example, the United States, practicing global citizenship invaded Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan, Korea, and Kuwait among other nations in the recent past.
This was necessitated by the need to safeguard global peace, since these countries were suspected and others confirmed to be inventing and supporting launch of nuclear plants and production of weapons of mass destructions, and protecting fundamental human rights in some of the nations since there were massive genocides and evictions of ethnic groupings by their rivals (Schattle, 2008). Element of Skills Apart from the element of knowledge and skills, there is the element of skills. It is important for persons involved in global citizenship to be aware and understanding the processes of democracy, be willing to get involved in critical thinking and making decisions when and where necessary at the society and local levels, national and international levels (Dower & Williams, 2002).
Global citizenship should be exercised cautiously by persons involved during consultation processes, and having the respect for other people and properties. Global citizens are now accessible and possess dual citizenship, therefore, they should be able to obey the rule of law established in the country they are residing, respecting their way of life regardless of what they (global citizen), may think of it.