Promoting Responsible Citizenship
The world faces global challenges, which require global solutions. These interconnected global challenges call for far-reaching changes in how we think and act for the dignity of fellow human beings. Responsible Citizenship is based on an integrated concept of citizenship, which has a critical eye, is tolerant and respectful of different cultures and traditions and open to dialogue, has attention for environmental matters, is concerned and aware of the events which occur domestically and abroad, in search of peace and social cohesion development and well-being.
Education must fully assume its central role in helping people to forge more just, peaceful, tolerant and inclusive societies. It must give people the understanding, skills and values they need to cooperate in resolving the interconnected challenges of the 21st century. However supporting young people to become responsible is not only for our teachers and school administrators, it is the job of all adults to encourage the youth have a voice and to feel that their views matter. It is our collective duty to promote among young people, respect and responsibility across cultures, countries, regions and to the environment.
Citizenship and environmental sustainability are widely embraced global concepts. And as responsible global citizens, we must be conscious of our impact on the environment, because we have a responsibility to take care of our planet and preserve its beauty, resources and strength for future generations. Sustaining our ecosystem therefore is, not only a matter of concern for international decision makers; it is also every citizen’s responsibility, irrespective of age, sex or colour. Our actions and way of life have consequences. Young people must begin to think globally and act locally. This approach must be shared by all if we are to ensure a healthy and sustainable future.