The basis for the Global Citizenship Programme at Rysensteen Gymnasium
Rysensteen Gymnasium’s underlying values since the 1990s have been democratic, both in the classroom and in the school’s culture in general. Students have always had a say in many decisions. They have participated in the formation of evaluations, and have often taken responsibility for the planning of the school’s activities and events.
Both the democratic culture and the high academic level, which is another characteristic of the school, did earlier have an international perspective through student participation in, fx,MEP (Model European Parliament) and MUN (Model United Nations) as a way to implement the Danish Ministry for Education’s paragraph 1.5 of the national high-school curriculum for STX (gymnasium), which states that:
“Students should… acquire the prerequisites for active participation in a democratic society and an understanding of the possibilities for individually and collectively, to contribute to the development and change, and understanding of both the local, the European and global perspective”
But the initiatives were individualiised and not part of a fully structured programme, until Rysensteen in 2011 chose to approach the implementation of the paragraph in a much more ambitious and structured way – through the introduction of the Global Citizenship Programme
The Global Citizenship Programme, or just GCP, provides a framework in which the school’s students can broaden their understanding of the challenges that exist in educating and developing oneself in a globalized world, and where the local, the regional and the global meet, with all the dilemmas and demands on cultural understanding that this creates. The GCP should be understood as a providing a perspective to the students’ education within subjects that they already receive during their 3 years at gymnasium.
The programme is adjusted according to the students’ course of study. However, it also involves projects, to which all classes are introduced, where students gain an understanding of the implicit educational perspectives and values, which are characteristic for and particular to Danish culture.
The GCP-Metro is a graphic presentation of how the students meet the Global Citizenship Programme and acquire their Global Citizenship throughout their time at Rysensteen Gymnasium - through both curricular, cross-curricular and extra-curricular activities.
Click on the different "stops" on the GCP-Metro to learn more about each specific course.
Or hover the mouse over the different "stops" to read a sample of the course.