Let’s make global competence education a reality for young people everywhere.
- Winning strategies to bring global competence into classrooms and youth programs
- How global competence improves critical thinking and problem-solving skills of leaders, employees and volunteers
- Why the Fourth Industrial Revolution requires global skills not offered in 20th century classrooms
- Ways global education builds resilience to extreme ideologies and faiths that divide people
- Cutting-edge study abroad programs that provide real-world learning opportunities for students from all backgrounds
- How global competence helps all stakeholders better connect resources and communities to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals
- The importance of media literacy and how social media energizes and hinders productive conversations on social activism, globalism and culture
- Why a diverse and inclusive workforce leads to business innovation and ethical decision-making
- Creative ways corporate social responsibility is changing the world
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Global competence makes the world work better together.
AFS Global Citizen Prize for Young Leaders
The new AFS annual award will recognize one extraordinary young person for their commitment to improving the global community with a US$10,000 cash prize.
Applications accepted until 31 May
Latest global competence articles
I am a Global CitizenWho would have thought two simple words—global citizen—would cause such an emotional debate around the world. Perhaps one reason, says global trendcaster Josh Bershin of Deloitte consulting firm: “While the idea of being a “global citizen” is attractive, it turns out that citizenship is a very local thing.” I agree.
Why Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion MatterAFS knows that global competence is a must—but we have to work even harder to ensure that others also appreciate why young people need these essential skills. Global competence holds the power for the future.
Leading Tech Innovation and Girl Empowerment in GhanaRegina Honu is the founder and CEO of Soronko Solutions, a software development company, as well as the Soronko Academy, Tech Needs Girls and many other initiatives. In 2018, she became the first winner of the AFS Global Citizen of the Year Award.
News about the AFS Global Conference
Spotlight on AFS Global Conference Speaker: Veronica Boix MansillaA global competence researcher and teacher at Harvard, Dr. Veronica Boix Mansilla has long been an active global citizen. Her 2011 groundbreaking research “Educating for Global Competence: Preparing our youth to engage the world” written with Tony Jackson of the Asia Society has helped ignite a worldwide conversation about global skills.
Who is Changing the World? Educators are!AFS Director of Strategic Alliances Hazar Yildirim reflects on why we all must support educators' efforts to globalize schools. One top priority: Enhance critical 21st century skills—from critical thinking to collaboration—with the ability to navigate all types of differences.
AFS Global Conference Will Explore New Ways to Educate Global CitizensIn 2019 the AFS Global Conference will tackle the tough challenges, opportunities and resources required to bring global competence education into the classrooms, youth leadership and study abroad programs.