Friday, 1 February 2013

Global Citizenship In My Workplace

I had trouble thinking about ways in which my workplace exhibited Global Citizenship but through reading other people’s examples, I have come to realize that perhaps there are aspects that I had not originally thought of, as well as ways Global Citizenship could be improved.

I work at a number of childcare centers in Sydney and as a casual worker, I don’t attend meetings or training sessions so I’m not aware of major issues raised. However, working at a number of different centers does allow me to see more than the full-time workers in terms of the cultural diversity of both the children and the employees. The classrooms showcase artwork and images from around the world and the children learn about major cultural holidays and festivals. The majority of employees are from Australia, Asia and Croatia and I find it interesting to see the differences in teaching styles between the different ethnicities. I also find it really interesting that regardless of the children’s backgrounds and upbringings, they are all able play together and enjoy their time at the childcare. I think this is a testament to the cultural diversity that surrounds them.

In terms of what could be done differently, there is definitely a lot of waste; food, nappies, craft supplies, etc. Unfortunately, we must abide by the guidelines and this means that more recycling and environmentally healthy options are something that needs to be considered by head office, not the employees at each center. 

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