The Need

As the world becomes more interconnected and interdependent, the challenges and opportunities we face as a society are becoming increasingly global in scope. We see the impact of this shifting global reality in our communities, classrooms, and workplaces on a daily basis.

  • Widely changing demographics are making communities across the U.S. more diverse.

  • The pace at which information is created and exchanged, and the unprecedented access to information for everyone means schools must change how they educate young, digital learners.

  • The 21st century workplace demands that graduates possess a completely different set of knowledge and skills to compete and succeed in a global economy. 

This new reality and the immediacy of global issues such as climate change, conflict, poverty alleviation, food security, and the global economic landscape no longer permits that global learning be a luxury; it is now essential preparation for a changing world.  All students should have the opportunity to develop the critical skills, values, attitudes and behaviors to be prepared for the reality they will face after graduation. Global competence is not only required to successfully navigate our communities, but also to thrive professionally in an increasingly global workforce. 

We must focus on integrating international perspectives into our classrooms. It is through education and exchange that we become better collaborators, competitors and compassionate neighbors in this global society.
— Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills—an advocacy coalition of educators and business, community, and government leaders—has identified global awareness as one of the six core skills that all students need to acquire. The OECD’s Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) –the benchmarking standard for measuring student performance around the world—will for the first time in 2018 include global competence in its measurements, signaling yet again how critical it is for graduates to thrive in the 21st century. For our society to collectively confront challenges that are global in scope, all sectors require globally literate and culturally competent employees, citizens, and leaders.

The majority of stakeholders agree that the educational landscape needs to change to meet the needs of digital-age learners and the challenges of a rapidly changing knowledge and technology-based global society.

American students have had inadequate exposure to, and therefore, have inadequate knowledge and experience, with global issues and perspectives. Faced with this situation, World Savvy has a vital role to play in helping overburdened school systems better prepare their students for a brighter, more globally connected future.