This study seeks to suggest an educational program that can cultivate the youth’s
global citizenship, as part of the Free Semester Program (FSP) bound to start in
schools from 2016. As the first step, an intensive literature review on global
citizenship and program development steps was conducted. Core competencies of
global citizenship were identified and grouped as: ‘humanity,’ ‘global identity,.’ and
‘global participation.’ In relation to these core competencies and educational objectives
of the middle school social studies curriculum, a draft program was developed.
Terminal goals of the drafted program were further identified, which were clustered
into three modules: ’knowledge and understanding,’ ‘social participation and taking
initiatives,’ and ‘change of values and attitudes.’ Contents were then selected and
organized. The derived program was further linked to encourage learners’
participation and taking of initiatives, which were connected to 7 units related to
global citizenship including 4 units of Geography and 3 units of general Social
Studies. Finally, the drafted program was modified under the review of four
curriculum specialists and three social studies teachers working in middle schools.
The duration of the program was structured to last for a total 18 periods, to be held
during the semester. Instructional and learning activities for field studies will further
have to be elaborated in order to maximize the effects and be able to be adopted in
the real FSP. Moreover, further research on the effectiveness of the program will
have to be established through assessment..