How Global Competency Sparks Global Change

by Alexis A

With so much going on in the media and our local politics, people often do not always prioritize understanding the rest of the world. Global Competency has the ability to make a large impact on students and adults. Global Competency is defined as “the disposition and capacity to understand and act on issues of global significance.” Teaching this in the classroom provides the students with the skills and knowledge to make a positive impact on a global scale as well as develop empathy skills within each student.

Global Competency consist of four parts:

The first part consists of investigating the world. This part encourages students to be aware of the world around them, learn how the world works and approach the world with curiosity.

The second part is recognizing perspectives. This promotes an understanding that not everyone shares the same ideas and views of the world.

The third part includes communicating Ideas to different audiences by using various methods of communication.

The final piece is taking action. This involves combining skills and knowledge of the world and translating those assets into action to make a positive impact on the world.

Prof. Dr. Anantha Duraiappah from the Mahatma Gandhi Institute in India states “Global competence must be inculcated in an experiential way and by focusing on building the emotional intelligence of people.” He notes that global competency leads to “competencies of empathy, compassion and understanding.” By investigating the world, recognizing perspectives, communicating Ideas and taking action, Dr. Duraiappah believes this can develop more empathetic communities.

The Simple Good implements these ideas in the classroom by encouraging students to be aware of the world around them. We do this by using our TSG Crowdsourced Global Photoblog for examination and discussion in the classroom in order to allow students to see stories from around the world and appreciate different cultures with a new perspective. Students also communicate their perspectives of their meaning of ‘the simple good’ by sharing their own photos on the blog.

TSG also prioritizes cross cultural dialogue by having our students exchange and connect with our students in East Africa during our annual Building Hope Project. By having students understand and be connected to youth in a different part of the world, this challenges them to reassess their own community privileges and adversities as well as put into action how they can positively impact another side of the world.

Interested in teaching a new global perspective to our students? Submit your meaning of ‘the simple good’ to our photo blog on our website. Each photo directly feeds into our classrooms everyday in order to educated our students on global competency and different perspectives of ‘the simple good’ around the world.

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Asia Society “What Is Global Competence?” Asia Society, 2018,

World Savvy “What Is Global Competence?” Global Competence Certificate, 2018,

AFS Intercultural Programs, Milena Miladinovic. “Emotional Intelligence Is the Basis for Global Competence.” AFS Intercultural Programs, 28 Aug. 2018,