Papers & Workshops



  Global Citizenship Development Through Service-Learning Programmes: The Malaysian Perspective


Anuar Ahmad and Nur Atiqah Tang Abdullah

National University of Malaysia, Bangi Selangor, Malaysia

There is a wide agreement that one essential purpose of education is to nurture the development of the future democratic citizen. However, there is a less agreement about the proportions which education of this kind should assume, and the methods that it should employ. Basically, all school subjects should contribute to developing the character, as well as the intellect, and should thus, indirectly prepare for citizenship. There are no watertight compartments in education, and least of all can citizenship, which rests upon character, be prepared by one means alone. Thus, global citizenship, developed through service learning programmes aims to establish the importance of positive participative citizenship and provide the motivation to join in, and also to help students to acquire and understand essential information on which to base the development of their skills, values and attitudes towards being a global citizen. Global citizenship, therefore, needs to be developed in active and experimental ways in real contexts. In this way, students can acquire and practice life skills and supplement more formal ways of learning. This involves students going out into the community and the community coming into the school, a partnership between community in which serves as a resource for the other. In recent years, the process of globalisation has become prominent in many ways and certainly in the citizen characteristics. These characteristics constitute the traits, skills, and specific competencies citizens living in the 21st century will need if they are to cope with and manage the undesirable trends and to cultivate and nurture the desirable ones.
  Presentation Format: 45 min. paper

RMIT, Melbourne, Australia

5-9 July 2000