UNESCO announces webinar on Global Citizenship Education (GCED) in Asia-Pacific: ‘Changing Systems to Change the World: Systemic Transformations Needed to Advance GCED’
Webinar to explore lessons learned from recent projects in Australia and New Zealand
The UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education (Bangkok Office) and the Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding (APCEIU) will jointly convene a GCED webinar, ‘Changing Systems to Change the World: Systemic Transformations Needed to Advance GCED’, on 17 November 2022. This panel-led webinar follows and references provides the ongoing trans-Tasman research project, ‘Embedding and sustaining the global citizenship education agenda at system and school levels’, established and recently carried out by CQUniversity, Australia.
The goal of UNESCO’s Global Citizenship Education (GCED) programme and its Asia-Pacific Regional Global Citizenship Education (GCED) Network is the development of comprehensive and relevant systems of formal and non-formal education, knowledge systems, and flow of information which embrace the values of human rights, respect for cultural diversity, and tolerance. This can be accomplished by promoting knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours that reflect and inspire these values.
The concept of GCED is not new; neither is the notion that students need to be provided with education that fosters the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes of global citizenship. Yet while GCED has been a focus on and off in various countries over the past few decades, GCED programmes have often been seen as additions or complements to core curricula, rather than central to them.
In Asia-Pacific countries such as Australia and New Zealand, the GCED agenda is now receiving mainstream attention by the education sector. To explore this phenomenon, a trans-Tasman research project, ‘Embedding and sustaining the global citizenship education agenda at system and school level’ has been established by CQUniversity, Australia, to explore the ways in which the GCED agenda is being implemented in these contexts, and to identify any challenges or barriers that may affect GCED being authentically embedded and sustained at system and school levels.
The trans-Tasman research has raised questions as to the ability and willingness of systems and schools to implement adaptive rather than technical changes needed for truly embedding GCED in any curriculum. This research has also highlighted the need for genuine collaboration whereby the voices of all stakeholders are heard and considered.
The Webinar will present some of the perspectives that have been identified through the trans-Tasman project’s research with the intention of provoking participants to consider the types of systemic changes needed for the most effective GCED.
The ultimate objective of the Webinar is to inspire considerations of systems changes that may be needed to authentically embed GCED in the participants’ own contexts.
The Changing Systems webinar will provide participants with a deeper understanding of some of the opportunities and challenges faced at both system and school levels when trying to embed GCED in the curriculum. It will provide participants with a range of perspectives for their consideration, as well as examples from Australian and New Zealand GCED projects. The Webinar will provide provocations for participants to reflect on their own contexts, and it will build on the collaborative approach that underpins the trans-Tasman project by offering an opportunity for participants to engage in ongoing regional collaboration.
The direct beneficiaries of this activity will be GCED network members, including officials from UNESCO Member States (i.e. Ministry of Education, National Committees for UNESCO), teaching professionals and research institutes. Other beneficiaries will include greater GCED stakeholders, learners, teachers, school leaders and their families.
Please find Concept Note with embedded Provisional Agenda below.
Date and time
17 November 2022, 13.00 – 14.40 (GMT+7)
Type of event
Register now (free)!
After registering, participants will receive a confirmation email containing specifications on how to join the meeting.
Please kindly note that this workshop has a limited number of participants, and registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information about this event: sl.tan(at)unesco.org