Global Citizenship

Global Citizenship is an area of education that has only recently been introduced to the ORT network and was developed in response to feedback from our schools and Jewish communities around the world.

People naturally care first and foremost for their family, their local community and their country. But the Jewish people have always had a sense of belonging to a larger, dispersed and diverse family as well, bringing a broader perspective to issues of identity.

We understand that problems — and solutions — do not necessarily begin or end right at the city limits or national borders. Alongside a rigorous education providing students with the knowledge and skills to succeed, our challenge is now for ORT schools to inspire students to apply what they learn on a global scale, to be agents of positive change.


Overview of World ORT GCE Program

World ORT has designed a program around the unique nature of our global network. We are fortunate to have schools and projects located worldwide with diverse experiences and perspectives on global issues. This is invaluable and offers our teachers and students opportunities to enrich their learning through first-hand experience of and emotional connection to the core principles of Global Citizenship.


From teachers to students

We will bring our Teacher Ambassadors together for online Zoom webinars to support each other to continue learning and to disseminate the skills developed to colleagues, forming committees of motivated educators across the ORT network. These committees will initiate and support a youth-led process in the first half of 2023. At its core, GCE is about empowering young people to be proactive, conscientious, and balanced when thinking about global issues.

Therefore, the program is centered around the transfer of responsibility and involvement in decision making from teachers to students. The students will be the focus of the later parts of the program, but the teachers will need to be well-informed and prepared for the handover.

The Youth Ladder of Participation is a model developed by Roger Hart in 1992 which identifies eight levels of young people’s participation in decision-making. Each ascending rung represents increasing levels of child agency, control, or power. The tool allows us to measure how actively we are encouraging inclusion and leadership within the program ranging from Tokenism – young people appear to be participating but have little choice – to Organising and Governing – young people have a central role in decisions and are empowered.

Student committees will be formed with the support of the teachers. These committees will gather opinions and insights from their schools about which global issues are important to them, what attitudes and values they think a Global Citizen should have and what they would like to see in the future. Following this period of research, the program will culminate with a series of international forums where participating ORT students meet and discuss what they have discovered from the local communities they are representing.

Through listening, reflecting, and negotiating they will find common ground as well as find out where their differences lie. They will ultimately create a formal document. This process will be recorded in a World ORT Global Citizenship Charter document and will form the backbone of our Global Citizenship Education program going forward.

Global Citizenship is one of the three ORT pillars