UNESCO Forum on Global Citizenship Education: Preparing learners for the challenge of the 21st Century
Building on the outcomes from the Seoul meeting, this expanded meeting with a larger group of stakeholders will be held at the first international UNESCO Forum on Global Citizenship Education. The Forum, organized in support of the Global Education First Initiave (GEFI), will seek to ensure greater clarity to this emerging perspective on the areas of policy, research and practice. It will gather constituencies from government, development partners and civil society, research and academia. Innovation and latest trends will be highlighted, discussed and documented, with opportunities facilitated for networking, the sharing of experiences and ideas, and to develop and prioritise actions for supporting greater implementation of Global Citizenship Education (GCE) at the country level.
A technical consultation on global citizenship education was organized jointly by UNESCO and the Republic of Korea on 9-10 September 2013 in Seoul. This meeting brought together thirty experts from various countries and regions and aimed to clarify the global and regionally specific contexts prompting the education sector to work in this area. It also sought conceptual clarification of global citizenship and the role of education, as well as the goal, delivery modes in terms of inputs, process and learning outcomes, measurement, latest trends and issues. Finally, missing elements in actual practices and remaining tasks and opportunities were also identified. The meeting was guided by three specific questions related to GCE, namely: 1) Why global citizenship and GCE now? 2) What is global citizenship education? and 3) What needs to be done at the global level to support and promote it? The outcome document titled, Global Citizenship Education: An Emerging Perspective, is available available online.