To be able to thrive in this global reality and to find sustainable solutions to the many complex challenges, it is not enough to focus on technical skills or language. We need to develop the capacity to analyse and understand global and intercultural issues, and empathise with different perspectives and world views in order to foster meaningful interaction and to act based on shared understanding and interests.
Developing this kind of global and intercultural outlook in life is a continuous and lifelong process starting early on in pre- and primary school. However, we cannot wait for new generations to grow up, so we need to equip the existing workforce with adequate global skills that will enable them to function and collaborate in a global context.
Under the umbrella of education and training of global competences we have identified four sub-themes that serve as inspiration and an anchor point for your project idea, based on the priorities of the European Union for the next five years.
Green skills in a global perspective
The Green Deal is the new growth strategy for the EU and an overarching policy framework for the new Commission. Developing and exploring the skills for the green transition in a global perspective and understanding the global nature of climate and environmental issues is key to delivering on the objectives set out in the Green Deal and an important part of learning global citizen skills.
Digital skills in a global world
The digital transformation is one of the key challenges identified by the European Commission, and education plays a quintessential role in getting European citizens ready and fit for the digital age in a global world. Thus, digital skills play an important role in being globally competent, in that understanding the global nature of digital spaces, for example, can help people better understand the world we live in, express themselves responsibly, figure out how to use and create digital medias that work across cultures and how to utilise the global digital business opportunities.
At the core of global competences sits intercultural competences – a complex set of knowledge, skills and abilities - which are perhaps the most crucial competences of our time, here at the brink of globalisation 4.0. This includes for example knowledge about other cultures, the dynamics of intercultural interaction, self-awareness/identity, effective and appropriate communication, the role of language, and behaviour when interacting across cultural differences, to mention just a few aspects of this theme.
Global competence as a life-long learning process
How might we design and conceptualise teaching and training of global competences as a lifelong process, acknowledging that an individual will never become completely globally competent? Developing teaching and learning opportunities for children and young people only, is just the beginning. We need to make global competences part of a lifelong learning scheme continuing throughout VET and higher education into adult education and training programmes. This should include documenting and recognising these competences.