North-South Centre - European Centre for Global Interdependence and Solidarity

      2nd European Congress on Global Education
      Education, Interdependence and Solidarity in a Changing World
      Lisbon, 27-28 September 2012


      The 2nd European Congress on Global Education: Education, Interdependence and Solidarity in a Changing World is organised by the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe (NSC) in partnership with Global Education Network Europe (GENE) and CONCORD Europe, in cooperation with the Portuguese Institute for Development Assistance (IPAD-Camões), the Portuguese NDGO Platform and the University of Lisbon and with the financial support of the European Commission.
      This Congress will bring together approximately 200 stakeholders in global education, in particular international organisations, governments, parliamentarians, local and regional authorities, civil society organisations, as well as educators from Europe and beyond, using the principle of “quadrilogue” and a holistic approach to global education.
      This event builds on the efforts of the North-South Centre (NSC) and other stakeholders to promote global education since the Maastricht Congress Declaration (2002) which established a European strategy framework for improving and increasing global education in Europe to the year 2015.
      Several achievements were made with regards global education. Among these achievements it is important to highlight the first European legal standard on global education that constitutes the basis for the future work in this field, the Recommendation CM/Rec(2011)4 of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers to Member States on Education for Global Interdependence and Solidarity.
      Ten years after the Europe-wide Congress held in Maastricht, there is a need to reflect and facilitate a dialogue on the achievements in global education, consider the changing realities and address the emerging social, economical and environmental challenges.

      Objectives of the Congress
      The Congress aims at facilitating a dialogue, a learning experience and strengthen political commitment to global education among stakeholders, in particular the international organisations, Ministries of Education, Ministries of Foreign Affairs, parliamentarians, local and regional authorities, civil society organisations, educators and other relevant actors.
      While identifying guiding themes for the discussions and Congress outcomes - National strategy development and implementation; Curricular reform and education at the national and local levels; Competence development of educators; Quality support and monitoring; Campaigning and outreach - the Congress objectives are twofold:
      1. Assessing the development and progress of global education over the past ten years, since the adoption of the Maastricht Declaration (2002 - 2012)
      2. Guarantee commitment to the necessary support for and further strengthening and development of global education until 2015 and beyond

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