'Global Citizenship involves engaging with distant places and different cultures, but this is never undertaken in isolation from our own lives and communities. The focus is rather on exploring what links us to other people, places and cultures, (e)quality of those relationships, and how we can learn from as well as about, those people, places and cultures. All this might result in a very localised expression of Global Citizenship
Oxfam 2008 Getting Started with Global Citizenship
Begin the enquiry
1. What is the population of the world?
Click here to see the answer:
source: http://www.geohive.com/earth/population_now.aspx (April 2013)
2. If the whole world were a village of 100 people, how many people would come from the different continents:
(The correct answers are: 12, 61, 1, 5, 12, 8. Enter these numbers next to the correct continents below)
Africa - 12 Asia - 61 Canada and United States - 5 Europe - 12 Oceania - 1 South America, Central America and the Caribbean - 8
*statistics from the book 'If the World Were a Village' (2nd edition) by David J Smith and Shelagh Armstrong(2011)
3. How many different languages are spoken in the world?
Between 6,500 and 7,000
4. More than half of the world's population speak just 8 languages. Do you know which languages these are? Write down in the table below the eight languages you think are the most common.
It is interesting to note that 4 out of the 8 most common languages spoken are currently from Europe even though only 12% of the population of the world is from Europe. Why do you think this is so?
5. What is the size of the student population at MMU?
More than 37,000
(From MMU website 2013)
6. How many languages are spoken by students at MMU?
Over 70 languages.
(From Global Citizens, Global Futures Survey Feb 2013)
This figure is likely to be far more, more than 200 languages are spoken in the Greater Manchester area.
7. Apart from English what do you think are the eight most common languages spoken fluently by MMU students?
8. Which country do these things match up with?
(The answers are: Eqypt, UK, Brazil, India, Italy, China, - try and enter them next to the correct country below)
When you have written your suggestions, click here to reveal the answer:
1. Brazil 2. Italy 3. Egypt 4. China 5. UK 6. India
Watch from 5.10min to 6.51min of this video for an example of some international aid groups' lack of cultural awareness:
This is an example of why it is important that we work with others from around the world to find solutions to problems. Part of developing cultural awareness involves learning about different countries customs and traditions but it is also about effective intercultural communication - learning to work in mutually beneficial partnerships with people from across the world.
Reflecting on your own Cultural Awareness
Have you ever encountered any cultural traditions that have not been familiar to you?
Have you been in a situation where you have worked with people with different perspectives?
"Culture is like an iceberg"
Above the surface are the visible aspects of culture which are easy to see such as language, food, greetings, dress & music. Because we see them we can react to them. The biggest part of culture is hidden below the surface, the invisible rules and values that define each culture. Difficulties arise when the rules of one culture are used to interpret the behaviour of another culture with a different set of cultural rules.
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