education is not a collection of one-time activities that promote a
"tourist approach" to learning about different communities of the world.
Nor is it taught in connections with seasons and holidays as a means
of comparing and contrasting cultures. Global education is, however,
about promoting a perception of the world in terms of "unity within
diversity", helping children to recognize what is similar and unique
among cultures. We live in a world that grows smaller every day.
Advances in technology have shortened the distance between countries
and continents. It is easier than ever before to travel to faraway
places. The ability to communicate with people on the other side of the
globe requires little more than a few clicks on a keyboard, and news
that occurs thousands of miles away is received within minutes after it
occurs. As we continue to connect with people around the world in these
and other ways, we come to see how much our future depends on our
ability to cultivate global relationships.