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Inspiring Global Citizens for World Peace

When South Korean President Mun Jae-in met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in April 2018, the world might have taken one step closer to peace.

peace graffiti street art with children that says please no more war, love

But it doesn’t take a politician to make a difference in the world. One of the most important lessons we can share with our kids is that they are a part of a global community, and that no action is too small to change the future. How can you inspire kids to become global citizens?

Here are some tips!

Educate kids about current events in a global context. Read parts of the newspaper together and talk about the issues. Educationworld.com has a list of 25 activities for including newspapers into your kid’s education. You can also try introducing them to recent historical topics through the lens of narrative nonfiction. For example, the Mystery and Mayhem series is a good place to start. Online resources such as TEDEd history and Crash Course are also great for making sense of global affairs.

Expose them to a diversity of cultures and traditions. Take advantage of cultural events in your community. Big cities are full of fun and eclectic activities, and even small towns often host festivals at the local school, library, or museum. Do you know someone with a cultural background different from your own? Suggest a holiday exchange and celebrate together. Explore! Volunteer! Get involved! 

Empower them to be agents of change. Challenge kids to share their time and experience with others. Donate gently used clothes, toys, and school supplies to local charities, churches, children’s hospitals, and homeless shelters. Work with local refugee centers to connect with pen-pals on the other side of the world. Show kids that they can make a positive impact on someone else’s life.

Educate, expose, empower. Because one day our kids will be the ones making headlines.

For more ideas, activities, and information, check out the book Globalization: Why We Care About Faraway Events, available now from Nomad Press.

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