International Understanding-Concept And Role of teacher in Education for International Understanding

Education for International Understanding means a cosmopolitan education which will produce a loyalty to world citizenship. There are some of the ways and means of organising education for promoting the feelings of internationalism and the teacher plays a very vital role in contributing international understanding

Meaning of International Understanding

Dr. Radhakrishnan has rightly said
"It is essential for us not to live apart but to live together, understanding one another's fears and anxieties, aspirations and thought. We must work for racial harmony. we may be American, we may be Russian but we are essentially human beings. Let us learn to live in a world community."

Education for International Understanding means a cosmopolitan education which will produce a loyalty to world citizenship.
It also refers to international efforts at co-operation and harmony in the exchange of teachers and students, rehabilitation of backward cultural areas, mutual understanding through school instruction and the like.

Ways and Means for education for International Understanding

Education for international understanding implies the promotion of democratic citizenship etc. The following are some of the ways and means of organising education for promoting the feelings of internationalism :-

1) Aims

i) Promotion of world citizenship
ii) Promotion of world peace
iii) Promotion of independent and critical thinking
iv) Promotion of construction rather than destructive feeling
v) Developing the student's faith.
vi) Eradicating of racial, religious, cultural and national prejudices

2) Redesigning the curriculum

The traditional curriculum followed in our schools and universities does not fulfill all the possibilities of internationalism. The redesigning curriculum should enable our students :-
i) To learn that the earth is the home of man and other living things
ii) To gain knowledge about the world we live in
iii) To learn how to promote better understanding of the interdependence of the world
iv) To inculcate respect for all major religions of the world
v) To know something about the long strength of mankind to replace conflicts with co-operation
vi) To develop a desire and the simple skills
vii) Knowledge of various cultures of the world

3) Instruction in various school subjects

i) Literature
A UNESCO publication states,"Extracts from the works of the writers such as Dickens, Gorkey, Tolstoy, Tagore and Isben can be used to illustrate stages in social progress. So the best of literature of other nations must be included in the curriculum.

ii) Art
True art should be included in the curriculum. The true hape of human feelings should be depicted and shown in art. It is beauty involved in the art that is significant.

iii) Language
it can play a vital part in the peaceful intercourse of the people of the world. The study of modern languages should be the study of modern people.

iv) Science
Students should be told how the scientists of various nations have contributed in fighting against disease. He nourishes in his heart goodwill to the whole of mankind.

v) History
The field of history should be wide enough to enable the students to cultivate international outlook. History should be taught objectively and with a cultural bias. students should be encouraged to study newspapers and magazines.

vi) Economics
The knowledge of consumption, production, taxation, human resources etc can be given our international level.

vii) Philosophy
Philosophers throughout the history of the world have been stressing mental peace as the human goal.

vi) Mathematics
The language of mathematics is universal, with largely the same symbols, through out the world. It should be impressed that almost all subjects and problems lend themselves to mathematical treatment.

4) Co - Curricular activities

Co - Curricular activities which go in the school from time to time can be geared to educating for international understanding. The following activities are suggested :-
i) Celebrating birth anniversaries
ii) Celebrating international week
iii) Celebrating days of international importance
iv) Organising and running UN societies
v) Organising pen friend's club
vi) Arranging exhibitions
vii) Dramatic representation
viii) School assembly
ix) International games
x) News of other countries

5) Face to Face contacts

Face to face contacts are of great help in broadening outlook, breaking rigid isolation of individual nation's and in removing imaginary fears and grievances. The following activities are useful in this regard :-
i)International Camps
ii) Cultural and study tours
iii) Arranging visits and excursions to foreign students
iv) International youth festivals
v) Exchange of teachers and students

Role of teacher in International Understanding

The teacher is even more important than the curriculum because he is medium through which the curriculum is implemented and its goals are achieved. A teacher can make the following contributions towards international understanding:-

i) Broad Outlook
The teacher must have broad outlook among his students. He must have international outlook and world - mindedness to promote international understanding among his students.

ii) To understand man as man
The major objective of the teacher should be to enable children to "understand man as man", first then as a Indian, American, Jew, Hindu or any other

iii) Wedding out the idea of violence and war
The teacher has to keep in mind that , "since war begins in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that defence of peace must be constructed." Every person should grow up with faith in man and courage in himself.

iv) Emphasizing peace
The teacher must emphasize that the maintenance of peace is the only panacea for all the ills of the present sick world and to build that peace in the minds of man is our major task.

v) Cultivating right values
The teacher should inculcate among children the right values of life, like co-operation, friendliness, love for justice, love for truth and love for humanity.

vi) Educating adult society
The teacher should make an all out effort to educate the adult society for peaceful co-existence and international understanding.

vii) Correct Interpretation
The teacher should not give a biased view of other countries. He should give correct facts, correct knowledge and correct interpretation of history, culture, life style etc.

viii) Use of effective methods of teaching
The teacher should teach in such a way that ideal of 'world citizenship','live and let live' may be developed.

Related Articles

Teacher Education And Its Importance

In this article, I have given information about present trend in education in India. In this article, I have also mentioned about good qualities of an ideal teacher. I have also presented that what types of aspects that should be examined by teacher education. In this article, I have presented the courses of teaching education at diploma and degree levels.

How Education Related To The Development Of Our Country

The education has a great important in our country. India was contributed ‘Gurukul’ system to the world. Education is an important factor for the overall development of a country. There are various prestigious institutions in our country for providing quality education. The talented and skilled brains should be utilized in our country itself. Certain problems are existing in our educational system. Education is always a strong power for the development and growth of our country.

Quality of Education in private technical institutes of India

In this article I have given a brief description about education in a private college. There are numerous points to be seen in private college out of which I have stressed upon some. Also I have given some points to be noted before joining a private college.

Importance of a teacher in the society and information of education

In this resource, I have specified the importance of teacher. State government of Andhra Pradesh has introduced Teacher Eligibility Test(TET) to provide qualitative teachers regarding to Right to Education act(RTE). I have given some rules regarding to RTE in this article. In this article, one can find the details of coming DSC also. I have mentioned the loss of education to students during the period of strike by teachers.

New Zealand A Perfect Place For Higher Studies

New Zealand is combination of a perfect country, metropolitan cities, serene towns and Educational Institutions. Most colleges there offering Higher Education are well known all over the world. It is the goal of the New Zealand Government to make all colleges there at par with International quality learning institutions.In this resource I will review New Zealand as a place for higher studies and as a country in general.

More articles: Teacher Education


Guest Author: Sophiya03 Dec 2015

Very nice article and helpful too.

  • Do not include your name, "with regards" etc in the comment. Write detailed comment, relevant to the topic.
  • No HTML formatting and links to other web sites are allowed.
  • This is a strictly moderated site. Absolutely no spam allowed.
  • Name: