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From Early Global Education to Strong Global Leaders

What is a global leader? Does one have to be an adult to focus on global education? In April of 2012, Angel Cabrera wrote an article entitled “What Being Global Really Means.” It was an excellent article addressing the importance of understanding other cultures to make businesses successful. Cabrera noted that true global leaders connect, create, and contribute.

Global Education Doesn’t Just Teach About the World

Yes, it’s important to learn about other cultures, but there is more to a true global education. The best lessons don’t just teach about the world, they help individuals connect on a personal level. Once connected personally, the individual can use their intercultural understanding to improve the world.

Cabrera writes, “Global leaders utilize their understanding of cultural and institutional nuances and their global connections to create new forms of value by bridging people and resources across boundaries in novel ways.” Interestingly, these concepts are directly in line with the Journeys in Film vision.

Global Education Curriculum

The big difference between Cabrera’s article and Journeys in Film is that Journeys in Film teaches young students instead of business leaders. According to the vision statement on the Journeys in Film website, “We develop film-based teaching guides across school subjects that help educators prepare students to live and work as informed, media-literate and globally competent citizens.”

Through our global education curriculum, based on foreign language films, we transport students across the globe, using visual storytelling to foster deep learning and to prepare students to participate effectively in the world economy’s active global citizens. Educators use our collection of selected narrative films as springboards for interdisciplinary lesson plans in subjects ranging from math, science, language arts and social studies to topics like environmental sustainability, hunger, global health and media literacy.

It’s all about educating. When one has a global mindset, one can view the world from other perspectives, suspending judgment. Our leaders must learn to connect, create, and contribute. The best part is that we don’t have to wait for children to become adults before we teach about the world. The global lessons begin right now, at home and in the classroom.


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