Global Citizenship and Universal Human Rights




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May 25, 2015
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Global Citizenship and Universal Human Rights

Students from Texas, Kentucky and Florida come to Salzburg for GCP 68 Tarrant College students will form more than half the participants for GCP68

Students from Texas, Kentucky, and Florida arrived in Salzburg this weekend for the 68th session of the Global Citizenship Program (GCP), May 23 to 30, 2015.

This GCP will see 32 students from four different colleges of US come together to learn what it means to be global citizens and its relation to universal human rights. While more than half of the students will be coming from Tarrant County College, Fortworth, TX, students from Eastern Kentucky University, Houston Community College, TX and Seminole State College, FL will also be a part of the fellows at the session.

Salzburg Global has a decades-long commitment to education and the idea that education can lead to a more peaceful, prosperous, stable, and sustainable world, and too this end launched its Global Citizenship Program 11 years ago to promote global citizenship education around the world.

Salzburg Global firmly believes that educational institutions help create the next generation of globally aware and critically thinking leaders. The Global Citizenship Program's core mission is to facilitate institutional change in educational enterprises, primarily colleges and universities.

Salzburg Global tries to take a very inclusive approach by partnering with educational institutions throughout US and encouraging them to promote the idea of global citizenship through their curriculum and policies.

Faculty for the session include Santwana Dasgupta, director of Partnership for the Education of Children in Afghanistan, who has been a faculty member of several GCP sessions. She will be joined by Michael Daxner, professor of sociology and president emeritus of the University of Oldenburg, and senior research fellow at Berghof Conflict Research in Germany.

Other faculty members include, David Goldman, former associate director of education at Salzburg Global and Alex Seago, Dean of the School of Communications, Arts and Social Sciences at Richmond, The American International University in London, England. Reinhold Wagnleitner, a core faculty member of the GCP will also be joining the session.

Throughout the week long session, GCP students will partake in lectures on topics such as “Building Peace, One School at a Time in Afghanistan” and “Americanization, Globalization and Popular Music,” as well as plenary discussions and a day trip to the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site in nearby Bavaria. They will also have opportunity to break in to small groups and develop their own action plans for promoting global citizenship. 

One of the goals of the GCP is for the students to take these ideas back to their own colleges and universities, and spark change that encourages their peers to become global citizens as well.