On Saturday September 19th, the first session of Children’s Global Competence Education (CGCE) Virtual Summit: A Contemplation of Challenges and Opportunities in Global Citizens Education drew to a successful close. Leading educators, frontline teachers, global leaders, and top scholars engaged in in-depth conversations around the cultivation of global competence in children. The summit featured esteemed speakers including Mingyuan Gu, renowned educator from Beijing Normal University and one of the founders of the field of Comparative Education in China; Howard Gardner, the “father of Multiple Intelligence theory” and professor at Harvard University; Hope Leichter, famous scholar in family education and professor at Columbia University; Wei Zhen, professor at the School of the Arts and Communication of Beijing Normal University; Baitong Yan, director of the ANOBO Global Education Development Team; Helena Xiao, associate director of Columbia Global Centers | Beijing. They were able to explore topics such as “What is global competence” and “Why cultiviate global competence in children”, and discuss the importance of global competence in the international community with audience members. The summit helped familiarize more educators, parents, and students with educational concepts and modalities that are pertinent to the times, and achived a great step towards nurturning a new generation of young talent with an awareness of global citizenship and a set of global competencies.
The Children’s Global Competence Education (CGCE) Virtual Summit aims to explore art, technology, and interdisciplinary education and to cultivate future global citizens. This year, the first CGCE Summit was organized by the Beijing Normal University-ANOBO Children’s Global Competence Research Committee, ANOBO（Art Has No Boundaries） Global Education Development Team, Columbia Global Centers | Beijing, and NOBOundaries Committee, with academic endorsement from the School of the Arts and Communication of Beijing Normal University, Teachers College of Columbia University, and the global fund Education Cannot Wait.
The CGCE Summit consists of four panels. Panel I: The Development and Importance of Global Competence, which took place this Saturday, featured three leading thinkers in the field of education as panelists, and drew an audience of 10，000 from around the world.
Baitong Yan, the director of ANOBO, discussed about the goal of Beijing Normal University-ANOBO Children’s Global Competence Research Committee and demonstrated the innovative education research model —— Research-Practice-Communication-Research-Research. She pointed out in her address that over the next 5-10 years, the Committee would invite a group of kindergartens and schools with international education experience to join become experiemental campus in China, so that teachers could join in teacher training and curriculum design, and students would achieve global competency and knowledge though courses and exhibitions. “Through the model, we will promote the development of children’s global competence in China and the world together，” she says.
The School of the Arts and Communication at Bejing Normal University in partnership with ANOBO， inviting a team of experts and researchers, launched the Beijing Normal University-ANOBO Children’s Global Competence Research Committee. Over a span of 5-10 year, with the mission of “connecting art and technology, fostering global citizenship”, the BNU-ANOBO Committee plans to on creating interdisciplinary multi-themed mini courses for children in preschool and grades 1-3. In addition, the task force will create sites for the training of global competence teachers and international pilot programs.
Columbia University Teachers College
Beijing Normal University School of Arts and Communication
BNU-ANOBO Children’s Global Competence Research Committee
Columbia Global Centers | Beijing