Value-Creating Perspectives and an Intercultural Approach to Curriculum for Global Citizenship

  • Namrata Sharma State University of New York
Keywords: Global Citizenship Education, Ikeda, Maathai, Makiguchi, Toda


Several recent scholarly works have challenged the Western dominated paradigm underlying the UNESCO led agenda of global citizenship education. This includes the heavy influence of Enlightenment liberalism. Further discussions must also be centered on integrating non-Western perspectives so that the practice of global citizenship has a more critical and intercultural focus. This paper offers suggestions to develop curriculum for global citizenship based on a study of leaders and their movements, including Wangari Maathai and Daisaku Ikeda who have inspired people to act within their local communities based on their personal values that are rooted in their experiences with being engaged in both Western and non-Western modes of thinking.


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Author Biography

Namrata Sharma, State University of New York

NAMRATA SHARMA, Ph.D., is an international education consultant and an adjunct professor at the State University of New York. She is an expert with the United Nations Harmony with Nature Knowledge Network. Her authored work includes the book, Value creating global citizenship education: Engaging Gandhi, Makiguchi, and Ikeda as examples (2018, Palgrave Macmillan). Email:


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How to Cite
Sharma, N. (2020). Value-Creating Perspectives and an Intercultural Approach to Curriculum for Global Citizenship. Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education, 9(1), 26-40.