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

Nº 73 | Summer 2010

Global Education News is an electronic newsletter where national global education coordinators or practitioners can share global education news and best practices, useful thematic links and educational materials. It also serves as a medium for the North-South Centre global education network national coordinators' own use.

    Dear educators,

    Dear friends,

    In the context of NSC 20th anniversary celebration, we would like to invite you to get acquainted to the outcomes of the Round Table "The 21st Century, a century of global interdependence and solidarity" among other events organised for the anniversary. Complete information is accessible through its special webpage.
    Meanwhile, we are pleased to share the outcomes of the 2nd African University on Youth and Development held in Cape Verde, in July and part of the NSC Euro-African Youth empowerment policy which will culminate with the forthcoming Euro-African Youth Summit. Still on the capacity-building domain, please note that you can have access to the translated versions of the Global Education Guideline – French, Portuguese, Spanish and Slovenian versions - through its webpage. Least but not last, the next Global Education on-line training course will take place from September 27 to October 22. Deadline for applications is 15 September. Complete information and application procedure available from its webpage.

    You will also find in this issue information related to the World Youth Conference, as well as Human Rights and Gender international issues. Also interesting articles under the Sustainable Development entry, §7, and lots of proposals for training courses under §5 and international events under §6.

    Wishing you a captivating and enjoyable reading!

1. News from North-South Centre of the Council of Europe & the Global Education Week network


2. Other news

    . World Youth Conference, Mexico, 26-29 August 2010 - Participate and Say it aloud !
    Five years before the deadline set by the international community to achieve development goals, Mexico calls for a World Youth Conference as a space for discussion and reflection on the role of youth in achieving the Millennium Development goals and the new development agenda set in 2015. … more

    . In a world in crisis, what about Human Rights?
    Outcomes of 4th World Forum on Human Rights, Nantes, 28 June – 1 July, 2010 … more
    Under the High Patronage of UNESCO

    . In a bid to accelerate the empowerment of women, the UN General Assembly created a new entity merging four United Nations offices focusing on gender equality. The new UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, to be known as UN Women will merge the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), the Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW), the Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues, and the UN International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (UN-INSTRAW).


3. Useful links

    . Institute of Education, University of London - one of the world's leading centres for education studies and related social sciences.
    Development Education MA – Institute of Education, University of London : this programme will:
    - introduce a range of perspectives and approaches to development education;
    - develop, through critical reflection, the skills you need to reassess the relationship between theory and practice in development education;
    - examine where and how development education contributes to broader educational and development policy goals in a range of societies.

    . European Citizen Action Service (ECAS) - created in 1990 as an international non-profit organization, independent of political parties, commercial interests and the EU Institutions, ECA’s mission is to enable NGOs and individuals to make their voice heard with the EU by providing advice on how to lobby, fundraise, and defend European citizenship rights. ECA is a large cross-sectoral European association bringing together members from different areas of activity: civil liberties, culture, development, health and social welfare, as well as general civil society development agencies.

    . BabelMed – the Mediterranean Cultures Site
    Mediterranean: Portraits of a Generation - How do they live, what are their aspirations? What are the difficulties that they have to face? The vast series of investigations on the 20 to 30 year old generation in the Mediterranean tempts to answer these questions. First tour around Algeria, Tunisia, Lebanon and France. Second tour Morocco, Egypt, Italy and Spain.

    . COPEAM - Permanent Conference of the Mediterranean Audiovisual Operators

    . The Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies - MIGS is a non-profit organisation which promotes and contributes to projects of social, political, and economic themes relating to gender with an emphasis on the Mediterranean region. MIGS is happy to make available its Annual Report highlighting the main activities of the Institute in 2009. The MIGS Annual Report contains information on MIGS projects and activities in the areas of Violence against Women, Trafficking in Women, Women and Migration, Gender and Media among others. You will also find information on MIGS lobbying and advocacy activities on a number of key issues in relation to gender equality and women's rights. The report is available electronically for download here


4. Useful resources

Global Education Guidelines
The North-South Centre is happy to announce that the Global Education Guidelines, a handbook for Educators to understand and implement Global Education, is accessible on-line. more...


5. Message in a bottle


    . European Commission Grant: Investing in People - Children - Fighting Child Labour : call for proposals

    . International Studies in Peace, Conflicts and Development, Universitat Jaume I (UJI), Castellón, Spain, - New Peace Master : 2010-12

    Training courses / Scholarships

    . Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships (AFPF), an American non-profit, non-governmental organization, is a cultural and professional exchange program for journalists. Through AFPF, journalists and their readers gain a broader view of the world and journalism thereby creating mutual understanding and peaceful relations between Americans and people of other nations. Fellows return home with new journalistic skills and knowledge, and a desire to advance a free, responsible press in their own countries–without which democracy does not exist….more

    . The Society of Civil War Historians solicits nominations for the Tom Watson Brown Book Award for books published in 2010. The prize is awarded annually to the author of the outstanding book on the causes, conduct, and effects, broadly defined, of the Civil War….more

    . CRS-International Development Fellows Program - the CRS International Development Fellows Program is intended to give people who are interested in a career in international relief and development an opportunity to increase their overseas experience and gain broad exposure to CRS programs. Each year, CRS has approximately 20 placements with our country programs (based overseas). Assignments are for one year.

    . EADI Masterclass workshops:
    Complexity in Project Management and Evaluation , 16 - 17 September 2010, Bonn, Germany
    The Masterclass is designed for experienced evaluation practitioners and social researchers who are able to bring and speak about examples of their own practice during the workshop.  Participants will be exposed to ideas derived from complexity sciences, addressing a range of methods, and in particular the importance of reflection and reflexivity in research.
    Practical Skills for Conducting Impact Evaluations, 4 - 5 November 2010, Bonn, Germany
    This workshop gives a good input into the different methodologies of impact evaluation and encourages the participants to develop a methodological proposal for impact evaluation during a group exercise.
    E-Learning in Education and Training, 10 - 11 November 2010, Bonn, Germany
    The aim of the workshop is to discuss a new strategic direction for education and training institutions to develop an e-learning portfolio which can set new impulses for the quality of teaching and learning.

    . International Humanist and Ethical Union Grants - the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) is the world union of Humanist, rationalist, secularist and atheist organisations with over 100 member organizations in more than 40 countries. IHEU promotes and defends freedom of conscience and expression, and advocates for the separation of religion and state.

    . Funding for Global Programs to Prevent and Respond to Gender-Based Violence
    Funding Opportunity Announcement for global programs to prevent and respond to gender-based violence (GBV) in refugee and conflict-affected populations, including research and assessments to strengthen GBV prevention and response interventions among populations of concern.

    . TWAS Fellowships for postgraduate, postdoctoral and advanced research
    TWAS, the academy of sciences for the developing world is an autonomous international organization founded in Trieste, Italy, in 1983. TWAS represents the best of science in the developing world. Its principal aim is to promote scientific capacity and excellence for sustainable development in the South. Since 1986, TWAS has been supporting scientists and institutions in developing countries through a wide range of programmes that focus on scientific capacity building largely through South-South cooperation. TWAS Fellowship Programme, which operates under agreements with governments and national organizations in developing countries – and particularly with partners in Brazil, China, India, Malaysia, Mexico and Pakistan – offers a number of fellowships to young scientists from developing countries to carry out postgraduate research in countries other than their own.

    . Netherlands Fellowship Programmes
    The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) are demand-driven fellowship programmes designed to promote capacity building within organizations in 61 developing countries by providing training and education to their mid-career staff members. The NFP is funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the development cooperation budget.

    . EURIAS Fellowships
    The European Institutes for Advanced Study (EURIAS) Fellowship Programme is an international researcher mobility programme offering 33 fellowships for the academic year. It proposes 10-month residencies in one of the 14 participating Institutes: Berlin, Bologna, Brussels, Bucharest, Budapest, Cambridge, Helsinki, Jerusalem, Lyons, Nantes, Paris, Uppsala, Vienna, Wassenaar. The Programme builds on the strong reputation of the Institutes for Advanced Study for promoting the concentrated, self-directed work of excellent researchers within the stimulating environment of a multi-disciplinary and international group of fellows.

    Request of partnership

    NGDO is seeking partners to implement an educational project in Mato Grosso do Sul
    Request of partnership and project description (in Portuguese)

    Sharing good practices

    . One World Week 2010 "Peacing Together One World" Resources
    Planning a One World Week event for 2010? Want to know more about "Peacing Together One World“ or “Building a Culture of Peace for our Children"? The wait is nearly over!
    During the next few weeks we will be adding a range of resources to our website, including:
    - The ever-popular Worship Anthology
    - A Powerpoint presentation dissecting this year’s theme
    - Peace Symbols, Peace Quotes and Peace Pledges that can be used in a variety of ways
    - A fascinating Islamic perspective on peace and justice
    - Resources for children
    - Quizzes and lots more to keep your events fun as well as educational
    Keep checking back to see the new resources as they are added on OWW website

    . International Humanist and Ethical Union - IHEU is the world union of over 100 Humanist, rationalist, secular, ethical culture, atheist and freethought organizations in more than 40 countries. Our mission is to represent and support the global Humanist movement. Our goal is a Humanist world in which human rights are respected and all can live a life of dignity. more about IHEU...

    . BabelMed – the Mediterranean Cultures Site
    Mediterranean: Portraits of a Generation - How do they live, what are their aspirations? What are the difficulties that they have to face? The vast series of investigations on the 20 to 30 year old generation in the Mediterranean tempts to answer these questions. First tour around Algeria, Tunisia, Lebanon and France. Second tour Morocco, Egypt, Italy and Spain.

    Job opportunities

    . ECAS is looking for a Legal Expert for Sweden and Malta

    . CONCORD Secretariat is recruiting an Aidwatch Assistant for 3 to 4 months, starting from September 1st - deadline to submit application is July 20, 2010. More details in the attachment


6. Events

    . The Institute for Peace Studies - IPS - update about 2010 courses
    2nd Registration Period: from 1 to 10 August 2010

    . Environment & Peace Education Summer School - Jeju Island - South Korea
    Course nº5

    . International Studies in Peace, Conflicts and Development, Universitat Jaume I (UJI), Castellón, Spain, - New Peace Master : 2010-12

    . NECE- Networking European Citizenship Education
    Cities and Urban Spaces: Chances for Cultural and Citizenship Education
    29 September – 1 October 2010, Trieste (Italy)

    . Second International Greening Education Event – 27th – 29th October 2010. more
    . Event details.

    . TOOL FAIR 5th Edition, 16-21 November 2010 Venice, Italy - a space to share, to experiment, to discuss and further develop educational tools used within the different youth actions (youth exchanges, EVS, youth initiatives, seminars, training). The 5th edition of the TOOL FAIR will be a combination of "laboratory" and "market" to discover and experience educational tools developed under the YOUTH IN ACTION and EUROMED YOUTHIV programme.
    SALTO-YOUTH - Support, Advanced Learning and Training Opportunities within the European YOUTH programme.

    . Education and Citizenship in a Globalising World, 19-20 November 2010, London
    The third international education conference, convened jointly by the Institute of Education (IOE), London and Beijing Normal University (BNU), will address the challenges of education and citizenship in a globalising world and should have a worldwide, drawing together scholarship and experience, practice and perspective from across the globe. Participants will have the opportunity to  interact with, and learn from, global leaders in the field of citizenship and education; gain new perspectives in this challenging and important area or work; network with colleagues from the UK, China and elsewhere. more …


7. Special Sustainable Development

    . Cities as Engines of Growth, Incubators of Innovation
    More than half of the world’s population now lives in cities, a group expected to grow by nearly 2 billion in the next 20 years. The World Bank Institute recently launched an Innovative Cities dialogue series to help mayors and policymakers share innovations to improve urban life across the globe. At the June launch,  mayors and city managers agreed that leadership and good governance are key to functioning, livable cities. Watch Podcast | Read More

    . The European Commission adopts a 12 point Action Plan to support the Millennium Development goals This is the first major policy statement of new Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs.
    The aim is for the EU to take a lead in getting back on track towards the MDGs in the five years which remain to the 2015 deadline.The full set of documentation is now available online through europa development services We welcome your comments and feedback via the European Development Days stakeholder process and via the event itself, which is due to take place on 6-7 December 2010 in Brussels.

    . 2010 World Social Forum - in 2010, the WSF will happen in a permanent way, all year-round, with events and activities being held throughout the world. The WSF process will focus on the global crisis, understood in all its dimensions: economic, environmental, political, social, cultural, food, civilizatory. …more
    . World Social Forum website
    . World Social Forum Virtual Media Center

    . World Economic Forum 2010 website

    . Developing Countries Lead Global Recovery - the World Bank projects global gross domestic product (GDP) to expand between 2.9 to 3.3% in 2010 and 2011. Developing countries will lead the global recovery, expanding almost twice as fast as high-income countries, according to the Bank’s latest Global Economic Prospects 2010. Developing economies are expected to grow between 5.7 and 6.2% in 2010, while high-income countries are projected to grow between 2.1 and 2.3%. Full Report - Press Release - Video - Read More

    . Africa’s Influence Grows in Multipolar World
    What trillion dollar economy has grown faster than Brazil and India between 2000 and 2010 in nominal dollar terms, and is projected by the IMF to grow faster than Brazil between 2010 and 2015? The answer may surprise you: it is sub-Saharan Africa! As the world recovers from the global recession, Africa can serve as a new source of demand. A new seat on the Bank’s Board and Africans in senior Bank positions reflect Africa’s enhanced position. Read More

    . Global Carbon Market Grows to $144 Billion
    In 2009, the global carbon market grew to $144 billion, up 6% from 2008 despite enduring its most challenging year to date. The global economic crisis negatively impacted both demand and supply sides, and ground project origination to a halt. The World Bank’s recently released “2010 State and Trends of the Carbon Market Report” finds another encouraging trend: national mitigation efforts are also growing. Read More

    . Africa Eyes Carbon Market
    Countries in sub-Saharan Africa remain optimistic that preserving and rejuvenating their forests and other climate-friendly efforts will someday bring revenues as well as environmental benefits. Many promising projects are under way. In the highlands in Kenya, for instance, a small-scale tree-planting project operated by the Green Belt Movement is helping local people increase their food supply, and build skills and incomes while replenishing forests lost over time to illegal logging. Read More

    . Developing Countries Act on Climate Change
    Despite the global financial crisis and the resulting economic downturn, the past year has witnessed unprecedented demand from developing countries for World Bank Group support in their efforts to address development and climate change as interlinked challenges. Released in May, the progress report on the Bank’s climate change strategic framework documents the Bank Group’s growing response to these demands. World Bank Program Manager for the Climate Change Team, Kseniya Lvovsky, answered your questions on May 27. Read Transcript

    . Mobilizing Youth Against Corruption
    Young civil society leaders, musicians, and journalists, many from fragile states, exchanged their experiences with fighting corruption at the “2010 Global Youth Forum” in Brussels, Belgium. Talented young people from all over the world competed for a place at the event, where they launched a global youth anti-corruption network. Read More


8. Campaigns