Global Citizenship Education: Topics and Learning Objectives

Speaker: Jeongmin Eom (Bio)
 Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding under the auspices of UNESCO (APCEIU), South Korea

The session will present and familiarize the audience with the new UNESCO Publication titled 'Global Citizenship Education: Topics and Learning Objectives'. It will be divided into three parts: a) an introduction to the document and the process that led to its development; b) Questions and Answers; and, c) implementing interactive activities with the participation of the audience, based on topics proposed in the document.

Global Citizenship Education (GCED) aims to be transformative, building the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes that learners require in order to be able to contribute to a more inclusive, just and peaceful world. This new publication is the first guiding tool from UNESCO offering guidance on GCED to help Member States integrate GCED in their education systems. Its overall aim to empower and enable learners of all ages and backgrounds to develop into informed, critically literate, socially-connected, ethical and engaged global citizens.

As the UN specialized agency for education, UNESCO initiated and led an extensive consultation process with experts from different parts of the world in order to define the key conceptual parameters of GCED, based on the three dimensions of learning: cognitive, socio-emotional and behavioural. Following this foundational work, UNESCO developed this pedagogical guidance, which suggests ways for translating GCED concepts into practical and age-specific topics and learning objectives. The document is intended as a resource for educators, curriculum developers, trainers, policy-makers as well as other education stakeholders working in formal, non-formal and informal education settings as it can be easily adapted to different local contexts. UNESCO is continuing to contribute to global discussions of identifying corresponding measurement indicators for learning outcomes related to GCED and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).

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