Getting Smart on Global Education and Equity


Authored by VIF and Getting Smart Staff

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The world’s population is predicted to grow from our current 7.3 billion to 8.5 billion in 2030, and to nearly 10 billion by 2050. Such growth will affect a host of global issues including pollution, disease management, and the depletion of energy, food and water resources.

For students to participate effectively and become successful in this changing world, they must first understand it. Equipping students with specific skills to compete in a global job market is important, but cultivating their abilities to effectively share ideas and communicate across cultures in appropriate and respectful ways is critical.

Regardless of location, socioeconomic status or cultural background, all students are equally deserving of educational experiences that prepare them to be globally competent by receiving instructional practices that consistently engage global content, multicultural perspectives and problem solving across subjects.

Today’s students need global education.

VIF International Education and Getting Smart partnered to create Getting Smart on Global Education and Equity in order to examine the characteristics of globally competent students closely, and address how K-12 institutions can utilize global education practices to equitably prepare all students for success.

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