Creating Global Citizens

As an Australian living and working in the United States, I have come to appreciate the many ways people from different countries can come together to collaborate to achieve something great. I have been fortunate enough in my life to travel to various parts of the world and while the sights and monuments and history of different countries is interesting, my favorite moments have been those I spent with people.

That is why I am so incredibly lucky to be involved in the Asia Society, an educational organization that fosters collaboration between people in Asia and the United States in a global context. Two years ago I was honored to become a member of Asia Society’s Board of Trustees and now I am co-chair of the advisory council for the new Center for Global Education (CGE). These opportunities have opened my eyes on how we can educate our students in a global era.

The mission of the CGE is to prepare students across the United States, Asia, and beyond for citizenship in our interconnected and interdependent world. The first step in achieving this mission is ensuring that students of today, and leaders of tomorrow, are given the knowledge and comprehensive understanding of global issues surrounding them. This knowledge will ideally grow into students appreciating and learning from people from diverse backgrounds.

I was delighted to participate in the development and launch of the CGE at Asia Society this past Thursday. I have been involved for just nearly a year but for the Asia Society this has been 60 years in the making!

CGE has partnered with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the US Department of Education, OECD, and UNESCO, and high-performing education systems including Shanghai and Singapore for the past 15 years to advance a high-quality 21st century education for all students. To celebrate Asia Society’s 60th anniversary and the 71st United Nations General Assembly, Asia Society hosted panels consisting of global leaders in education, business, government, philanthropy, and civil society, planning for CGE and discussing how to alter education policy to best fit the current global state.

During the education panel, the speakers challenged us to come up with ways to help teachers struggling with a lack of support; a topic very near and dear to my heart, since my mother was an educator. I believe that a student’s success in the classroom starts and ends with a teacher’s ability to do their job. Without the appropriate support for our teachers, we are hindering students’ ability to perform well in and out of the classroom.

The shortage of school supplies presents a major problem for local, national and global policymakers alike, but rapid globalization may help us find an answer. Public and private partnerships, from both domestic and international companies, can help drive innovation and creativity in every sector. Yoobi is already seeing the benefit of our investment, and we hope many others will follow.

To learn more about Center for Global Education launch at Asia Society, visit their blog post here: