How Pushing Youth to Read Encourages Global Citizenship By: Darcie Flansburg
Updated: Jul 12, 2020
Globalization and social media have made our world seem more relatable and connected – a global community. But the more you learn about other countries, the more differences you discover. A global perspective in today’s youth is incredibly important in order to build empathy and make conne
ctions to cultures aside from our own. By understanding other countries and cultures, we are able to better understand ourselves and connect more deeply to our own cultures.
Not everyone is able to travel internationally. Many people do not have the means to experience other countries and cultures in person. But global citizenship can also be gained through reading books about other countries and cultures and making connections to their experiences.
By reading books, people are able to visualize places they have never been to, and experience cultures they would not normally get to experience. And with the internet we are able to access more books and more information about author’s and cultures in order to further validate the knowledge that we glean from them.
The more you know, the more you want to know, and the more you realize you don’t know. It is important that today’s youth takes a global perspective as our world becomes more of a global community that learns to empathize with and support each other.