Our value of the month at METNS is citizenship. We focus on belonging and on ways to make a positive contribution to society. This value is very much in line with our Green School goals for the current year, as we are applying for our Global Citizenship and Waste Flag.
What is Citizenship?
Citizenship is the status of a person recognized under the custom or law as being a legal member of a sovereign state or belonging to a nation. While every citizen has status, rights and privileges, they also have responsibilities. Citizenship also means supporting one’s community and country. This implies acting in an ethical manner, i.e. in ways that are right, fair, just, honourable and humane.
A value is a principle that guides your thinking and behaviour. How might a focus on citizenship do this? Citizenship education is about enabling people to make their own decisions and to take responsibility for their own lives and communities. In school we explore the various groups to which we belong, starting with family and ultimately introducing the concept of global citizenship.
How do you show citizenship in your school and community?
- Follow and respect the agreed class charter and the rules in your community.
- Do your part in taking care of the environment.
- Volunteer in school and community organisations.
- Be respectful to your friends, neighbours, family, etc.
- Help people in need.
- Have a good understanding of democracy.
- Be a good person.
Exploring citizenship in action, as embodied in both the Green School initiative and the student council, encourages students to participate in their community as active citizens. This approach is important as it allows students opportunities to engage in active citizenship activities over a number of years and, in doing so, builds their interest and skills.
This month, make it your goal to partake actively in the life of your school and community and to be a positive contributor to the wellbeing of all. Support our current Green School initiative and spread the word!
For further reading, see link on UNESCO website explaining citizenship in the 21st century Citizenship Education for the 21st Century