GlobaLab - Six Steps to Global Citizenship

Type of tool: 
90-120 min
Topics addressed: 
Human rights

This publication has as a main goal to provide a framework of competencies young people around Europe need to further develop and strengthen, so they can cope better in an interconnected globalized world and offer the practical tools to work with.


This publication has as a main goal to provide a framework of competencies young people around Europe need to further develop and strengthen, so they can cope better in an interconnected globalized world. These competencies are listed and explained in details in the next chapter. Furthermore, we aim to provide not only the vision, but also the practical tools to go there. For this reason the main part of this publication offers a number of educational tools which are aimed at supporting young learners in their paths towards active and responsible global citizenship. These tools are clustered in four training modules around the themes of Environment, Technology, Moving and Stuff.


Global Citizenship Education is an active learning process which aims to foster changes in our society. It is a problem-based learning process which encourages people to ask questions, reflect on issues that do not have absolute answers and explore the complexity of real-world situations. Furthermore, it encourages every learner to take action towards global change.
In order to educate global citizens who are not only aware of world realities, but are also able to act and make a difference in the society, GlobaLab follows a 6-steps approach to global citizenship. This concept of the global citizenship education process includes key elements that need to be gained by young people in order to become promoters of global solidarity and justice and to be able to take action towards a more just and sustainable world.
The process of global citizenship education is structured into 6 key steps:
Step 1. Get connected!
Step 2. Choose an issue!
Step 3. Explore more!
Step 4. Look for solutions!
Step 5. Act!
Step 6. Reflect!

Step by step process: 

15 min – introduction to the workshop

If necessary an energizer, and the presentation of the tool as a part of the longer process of 6 steps approach, and from where the tool is coming from.

50 minutes – Cat and mouse exercise

Relevant competences from the Global Education Framework:
Maintaining relationships

General description of the tool:

Step 1: Inform participants that you are going to tell them a story, and they just need to follow your voice and imagine the things you are saying or asking.


Breathe. Try relax your body. Close your eyes. Make yourself feel comfortable.

I imagine I leave my classroom, and go out from my school. There is a small road that I never took. I decide to change it. The small road goes to an old, abandoned house. I am at the door, I open it and I get inside the house. What I find is a very large, dark room. I get to walk around the room and my body starts to shake. I get smaller. I'm already the size of a notebook and I'm still getting smaller.
I grow hair all over my body, my teeth grow, and I realize that I have become a little mouse. How do I feel from the position of being a mouse? How do I see the world from this position?

Suddenly the door of the house opens and a big cat appears and begins to walk around the house. How do I feel? What do I think? The cat suddenly looks at me and starts walking in my direction. It is coming closer and closer. What can I do? How do I feel?

Just when the cat is almost by my side, my body is transformed again, I become a cat, and the cat becomes a mouse. How do I feel right now? How do I see the world now when I am a cat? How do I see the mouse?

I decide what I will do with the mouse then go ahead and do it. My body shakes again and begins to regain its form and size. After I have regained my shape and size, I leave the house and I go back to school. I climb the stairs to my class and I sit down ...
And gradually we open our eyes.

Step 2: Prepare the flipchart: divide it into two parts with a line and paint a cat on one side and mouse on the other. Ask participants about all the thoughs, feelings and actions of the cat and mouse.


Write down all the feelings, thoughts and actions
Head – what do I think
Heart – what do I feel
Hand – what do I do

Step 3: Debriefing
• Did you sink into the role of the mouse and cat? How did you feel as a mouse?
• How did you feel as a cat?
• What did you think when you were the mouse? What did you do?
• In which situation did you feel weak?
• In which situation did you feel powerful?
• How do you understand the relationships of dominance and submission? Which one of those is better looked at in the society? Why?
• Why do we like power? Why do we consider power to be sexy and weakness not?
• Are the people who do not enter into the cycle of dominance and submission well looked at in the society?
• Who in the society is in the position of power? And who is in the position of submission?
• What are the reasons for the people in submissive positions to be there? And why are those in power positions over there?
• How can we create a space where power relations don´t exist?
• Where would you prefer to live, in a world where cats eat mice? Or where they can live together?
• Who are cats and mice in your local community?

15 minutes: Debriefing on the tool in which context it can be used.

Introduction to the tool as it was created to work on the topic of invisible racism and exploring how the power relation works, and then it was adapted to the manual of GlobaLab.

This can be done making together with participants a mind map of the areas on this tool can be used.

20 minutes: Introduction to 6 Steps Approach and globalab Manual through mobile app

All the participants will be asked to download the mobile app, and besides we will have a app designed downloaded to be able to project all steps in case someone does not have android or iphone.
With participants we will go through the different steps, first participants will reflect, answer questions in the app, and then we will shortly comment each step what is it about.

This part will finish by letting participants know where they can download all the materials including the manual.

15-20 minutes: Feedback from participants

Materials and resources: 

It is really worth to invest enough time for the tool. The publication is composted from many different activities that can be run separately, but only following the logic of the 6 steps we can really motivate youth (and not only) for action.

Average: 2.7 (3 votes)
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