Working Group 10: Global Citizenship in Development and Education

Chairs:
Susanne von Itter, EADI – European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (itter@eadi.org)
Dominik Biergans, EADI (biergans@eadi.org)
Sanna Rekola, Global Education Adviser, Kepa ry (from December Fingo ry) sanna.rekola@kepa.fi

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS) of the United Nations and goal 4.7 explicitly demand that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development.

Solutions and problems are not located in one or the other part of the world but need to be recognized and confronted jointly. As an important tool, Agenda 2030 stresses education and explicitly mentions the need for a Global Citizenship Education (GCE): Target 4.7. requires that all learners are equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to make the transition to a peaceful and sustainable global community by 2030.

What are the competences of global citizens and how could they be strengthened? How can we connect systemic thinking, understanding of complexity and global interconnectedness to transformative action? How can we engage people of all ages and support their agency in building of sustainable future? Who is responsible for global citizenship education and how it should be implemented in formal, non-formal and informal education?

The session will begin with a panel discussion and continues with a dialogue between contributions of researchers, actors and activists. The focus of the panel will be on what both the development research community and the global education community understand as global citizenship, how it is framed and discussed.

The aim of this workshop is to reflect critically the concept of global citizenship education. We invite actors and researchers to come together in fruitful dialogue on the role of global citizenship education in sustainable development. We believe that partnership between civil society organizations, educators, teachers and academia is vital in achieving the change we need. How could we benefit from the work of each other and jointly promote global justice and transformative learning?

We welcome presentations, papers and other forms of contributions from researchers, educators, civil society actors etc. who are interested in these topics.

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