The Global Education Week is a Europe wide awareness raising event, which takes place annually in formal and non-formal educational settings across the continent. It has a different theme every year.

The Global Education Week’s aim is to encourage educators and learners to explore educational activities for global citizenship. In line with Target 4.7 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4, the Global Education Week addresses issues related to diversity and inequality at the local and global levels, and tries to foster:

  • Awareness of the wider world and of our own role as world citizens
  • Attitudes of respect for diversity and intercultural communication skills
  • Responsibility for our own actions
  • The ability to take action to make the world a more equitable and sustainable place

The first Global Education Week, launched by the North-South Centre in 1999, focused on how to overcome poverty and social exclusion. Since then, and on the basis of very positive feedback from the 1999 edition, the North-South Centre has invited all member states of the Council of Europe to participate in the Global Education Week every year, through the active collaboration of the Global Education Week Network.

Global Education Week Network

The Global Education Week Network (GEW Network) helps coordinate the events of the Global Education Week. The network encompasses key national level stakeholders, who, throughout Europe, want to share global education strategies and practices. The GEW Network met for the first time in Lisbon, in 2000. It liaises and interacts with the North-South Centre Global Education Programme all-year round for the promotion of global education.

Global Education Week 2017

The chosen theme for the 2017 Global Education Week edition - from 18-26 November -  is “My World Depends on Us”. The choice of this topic resulted from a discussion between Global Education Week Network coordinators, choosing Interdependence as a priority issue considering the international context. This theme is also in line with the North-South Centre’s mandate with regard to raising awareness on North-South and global interdependence issues. It is linked to the nature of Global Education and its relation to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

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