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

Nº 77 | June 2011

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.

Dearest and esteemed global educators,

Spring 2011 will be a milestone in the NSC work for the promotion and understanding of GE! Indeed, the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers has adopted last May -after three years of work in close consultation with NSC partners- a Recommendation on education for global interdependence and solidarity, which is the first European legal standard on global education. This Recommendation will offer a solid basis for the Centre's work in one of its major fields of activity, in Europe and beyond. Meanwhile, the NSC is pursuing its GE capacity-building/training scheme, successfully developed since 2009 with three courses/year : the Spring E-course was held over the period February-March while the Summer course is taking place from June 6 to July 1. This 4 week-long E-course for educators and policy-makers, aiming at developing competences in the fields of team-building, mapping of GE situation in participants’ countries, GE strategies and GE activity development, is attended by an average of 50 participants from all continents and educational backgrounds. For its Autumn edition the E-course will introduce the Intercultural dimension of GE. This edition of the GE Newsletter privileges intercultural learning and sustainable development through useful links (section 2) and resources (section 3) as well as the sharing of tips in section 5. Under section 7 you will find recent data on sustainable development issues.

Looking forward for a captivating semester together and wishing you an enjoyable reading!




    . Development Education Summer School (DESS) Finland, June 2011 – keep tuned to DEEEP website and follow the outcomes of this year DESS devoted to quality assurance in DE. The event was completed with a conference tackling DE impact measurement under the theme "Social Change - Impact and Evaluation in Development Education and Awareness-Raising". More information about the conference…
    Programme & inputs

    . Believe in Dialogue, Act for Citizenship” Euro Med Regional Initiative Launched by the Anna Lindh Foundation more…

    . The International Festival for Cultural Diversity promotes the multifaceted and irreplaceable diversity that unites all peoples of the world. Created in 2008 to celebrate World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development (21 May), this year’s festival took place at UNESCO and around the world from 16-21 May. more…

    . World Press Freedom Day, 3 May 2011 - the number of people worldwide with access to free and independent media declined to its lowest level in over a decade, according a Freedom House study. The report, "Freedom of the Press 2011: A Global Survey of Media Independence", found that a number of key countries experienced significant declines, producing a global landscape in which only one in six people live in countries with a press that is designated Free.

    . China to promote human rights education at three universities - China's Ministry of Education recently approved the establishment of human rights education and training bases in Nankai University, China University of Political Science and Law and Guangzhou University. They will be the first batch of national-level human rights education and training bases at Chinese universities. Currently, more than 40 colleges and universities in China offering courses on human rights laws to undergraduates and graduates of various majors. more …

    . During its 16th session in March, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted by consensus the final draft text of the UN declaration on human rights education and training. In parallel with the 16th session of the Council, a panel discussion on the draft declaration was held on 11 March, organised by the NGO Working Group on Human Rights Education and Learning (NGO WG on HREL), Geneva, and cosponsored by the Platform for Human Rights Education and Training, composed by Costa Rica, Italy, Morocco, Philippines, Senegal, Slovenia and Switzerland. Please get acquainted to the Report of the Panel Discussion. This report contains the highlights of human rights education form the UN Human Rights Council 16th session. Please feel free to share this with other stakeholders.



    . DARE, Democracy and Human Rights Education in Europe, is a Europe-wide network focusing on the twin fields of EDC (Education for Democratic Citizenship) and HRE (Human Rights Education). The network currently consists of 49 member organizations from 28 countries in Europe. more information

    . EUROCLIO - the European Association of History Educators promotes a responsible and innovative teaching of history based on multi-perspectivity, critical thinking, mutual respect, and the inclusion of controversial issues. It seeks to enhance the quality of history and citizenship education through producing innovative teaching tools and capacity building for educators that deconstructs historical myths and negative stereotypes and fight the instrumentalisation of history education for petty political objectives …more
    See also HISTORIANA, Gateway to the Past, an Online Trans-boarder Educational Resource

    . The Eurydice Network provides information on and analyses of European education systems and policies. As from 2011 it consists of 37 national units based in all 33 countries participating in the EU's Lifelong Learning programme (EU Member States, EFTA countries, Croatia and Turkey). It is co-ordinated and managed by the EU Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency in Brussels, which drafts its studies and provides a range of online resources. More about Eurydice…

    . NECE - Networking European Citizenship Education is an initiative for networking citizenship education in Europe. A variety of activities have been developed within its framework to encourage the organisation of contacts, co-operation and synergies in the field of citizenship education. more …



. 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...





    . Partnership Fair , Vienna, September 2011
    Based on the good experience of the previous two Partnership Fairs in 2010 and 2006, TRIALOG invites people to share project ideas and work jointly on project proposals. The event will also give input on proposal writing, co-financing, best-practice experiences and more. read more ...
    AgendaApplication Form

    . Forum International Médias Nord-Sud : 27th International North South Media Forum – 10th to 14th October 2011 - CICG, Geneva
    Is The World Shifting ? The BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa): Power and LimitsEntry and rules hyperlink

    . NECE - Networking European Citizenship Education
    Closing the empowerment gap through citizenship education: How to address educationally disadvantaged groups”, 17 - 19 November 2011, Warsaw (Poland)
    The current conference programme is available at NECE website

    . EUROCLIO Annual Conference: Looking at History from Different Lenses , Turkey, Antalya, 1-7 April 2012, in cooperation with Turkish History Teachers Association.
    You are invited to join a multi-facetted event and contribute to shaping the face of contemporary history education. Learn, inspire, share, develop and listen with 200 peers and experts. Use this chance to see education from manifold perspectives and profit from taking part in this multinational event. Offer your own workshop, highlight your own teaching material, listen and participate. Our Annual Conference is a unique professional training open to history, citizenship and social studies educators from Europe and beyond. more information



    . 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

    . 2011 World Social Forum -…more

    . World Social Forum website

    . World Social Forum Virtual Media Centre

    . World Economic Forum website

    . The World Development Report 2011: Conflict, Security, and Development examines the changing nature of violence in the 21st century, and underlines the negative impact of repeated cycles of violence on a country or region’s development prospects. Preventing violence and building peaceful states that respond to the aspirations of their citizens requires strong leadership and concerted national and international efforts. The Report is based on new research, case studies and extensive consultations with leaders and development practitioners throughout the world. more…

    . More Countries Closer to Millennium Development Goals - Two-thirds of developing countries are on track to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), says the Global Monitoring Report 2011 which delves into country performance, revealing a diverse, but hopeful picture of progress toward the MDGs. read more …

    . Open Data Opens Bank - One year after the World Bank opened its storehouse of data to the public, usage of datasets and indicators has tripled. In the last year, the Bank has shared data visualization tools with countries, developed a Mapping for Results application, four iPhone apps, and a new tool for tracking aid flows. more…

    . Violence in the City - Understanding & Supporting Community Responses to Urban Violence is the first global study of urban violence conducted by the World Bank, and incorporates case studies from urban communities in Brazil (Fortaleza), Haiti (Port-au-Prince), Kenya (Nairobi), South Africa (Johannesburg) and Timor-Leste (Dili).Full Report: Violence in the City: Understanding and Supporting Community Responses to Urban Violence, April 2011 (Updated Version)

    . Towards an African Perspective - Exploring Challenges and Considerations for Development Educators”, research report commissioned by the Africa Centre Ireland

    . The Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX: contrasts and compares integration policies across 31 countries in Europe and North America. Results show that while change is happening at a very slow pace, there are still many obstacles to how immigrants live, work and participate in our societies.