Today we had a free dress day themed, ‘Neck ties for Nepal’ to raise funds
to support organisations working to rebuild this country. We have all been
touched by the absolute devastation of the aftermath of the earthquake which
struck this country a few weeks ago.
How then can we link this to our early years setting at Dąbrowskiego?
The concept of being global citizens springs to mind and whilst it is not a new
concept, in the current world in which our children are growing up, it takes on new meaning and
greater importance than before. Global awareness is now the responsibility of all people everywhere
and more so with the students who come from diverse cultures and backgrounds. The world is
becoming more interconnected every day due to many factors such as commerce and technology,
the need therefore to educate students in how to become active global citizens is greater now than
ever before. “UNICEF defines a global citizen as someone who understands interconnectedness,
respects and values diversity, has the ability to challenge injustice, and takes action in personally
It is not enough for us as teachers to produce individuals who can read, write and count, we have
to be relentless in our efforts to affect their thinking and bring shared values to their lives. We
create an environment which challenges our children to take active care for the world and for
those with whom they share it. As teachers we do our best to facilitate the understanding, skills
and values our students need to cooperate as global citizens of the 21st century. We sincerely hope
that the values of peace, human rights, respect, cultural diversity and justice are embodied in the
ethos of Dabrowskiego. Young people learn much from school, but what they learn is not only in
their lessons. As teachers and support staff we take our role very seriously and constantly thrive
to model the skills we want students to develop.
Head of Dąbrowskiego, Early Years Centre