oxfam_logoOxfam’s concept of the Global Citizen has grown out of the ideas and principles of Development Education


A Global Citizen is someone who:

  • Is aware of the wider world and has a sense of their own role as a world citizen
  • Respects and values diversity
  • Has an understanding of how the world works economically, politically, socially, culturally, technologically and environmentally
  • Is outraged by social injustice
  • Participates in, and contributes to, the community at a range of levels from the local to the global
  • Is willing to act to make the world a more equitable and sustainable place
  • Takes responsibility for their actions.


Education for Global Citizenship is education that develops the following elements:

  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Social justice and equity
  • Diversity
  • Globalisation and interdependence
  • Sustainable development
  • Peace and conflict



  • Critical thinking
  • Ability to argue effectively
  • Ability to challenge injustice and inequalities
  • Respect for people and things
  • Co-operation and conflict resolution


Values and attitudes

  • Sense of identity and self esteem
  • Empathy
  • Commitment to social justice and equity
  • Value and respect for diversity
  • Concern for the environment and commitment to sustainable development
  • Belief that people can make a difference