Teachers’ capacity to deliver Global Citizenship Education (GCED) could be strengthened

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13 April 2017

Global Citizenship education is found to be present in the curriculum across countries, but it is not as likely for it to be included in pre-service and in-service teacher education.

UNESCO commissioned an analysis of the country reports to the fourth and fifth consultations on the implementation of the Recommendation concerning Education for International Understanding, Cooperation and Peace and Education relating to Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (1974) in light of Target 4.7 of the Sustainable Development Goal on Education. The analysis included 57 reports from 2012. These series of key findings are presented ahead of the forthcoming data from 2016.

Data from 2012 shows that 86% of reporting countries have included GCED as mandatory in the curriculum, while only 61% reported having mandatory GCED in teacher education. 

This suggests that there is need to reinforce GCED teacher education to deliver the mandatory curriculum.

UNESCO has received 82 country reports with data from 2016 and data will be available by mid-2017.

As the world moves forward on the implementation of the Education 2030 Agenda, UNESCO is committed to monitoring the progress towards the achievement of Target 4.7, with a focus on Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship. Regular reports, news, analyses, publications and links to data sets produced by UNESCO and its partner provide evidence that indicate how the world is progressing towards the achievement of the Target.