Global Responsibility

Leadership Streams: Global Responsibility (definition)

Being globally responsible means appreciating that there is a world beyond us; a world we are a part of and one that we can – and should – play an active role in improving. While learning about different places, cultures, issues, and governments, students learn about our civic responsibility and what it means to be a global citizen. These are tools that will help our students be successful in the global world.


When we talk about global responsibility, we are talking about our connection to the world around us. Global responsibility isn't just about world-wide action and issues, it's acknowledging that we have a role in our local, national and international communities.

We want students to look beyond their own lives and become active participants in the wider community.

The tenets of global responsibility are naturally interwoven throughout the service and sustainability streams and also appear in the humanities and social studies programs.

Like any aspect of leadership, the complexity of global responsibility presents both significant challenges and great opportunities. Global responsibility cannot be “taught” in a traditional, linear sense – it must be fostered.


To create global citizens, our entire community works to instill key aspects into all of our students. We believe that each of these plays an important role in our students development into active, informed and capable people.


  • Awareness. Be informed about the complex issues facing today's world.
  • Empathy. Be able to see the perspectives of others; recognize our interdependency.
  • Understanding. Recognize the interconnected nature of the world and its problems.
  • Motivation. Know that we are all responsible for help resolve these problems.
  • Inspiration. Believe that change is possible and we form the solution.
  • Skills. Practice different tools and techniques to promote change.
  • Sensitivity & Pragmatism. Be prepared for the challenges and opportunities that may affect efforts at change.

Regardless of their subject area, teachers build on many of these attributes through their curriculum. Together, they form a team that ensures each student is exposed to these important elements.

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