Global education activities

Global education is education that opens people’s eyes and minds to the realities of the globalised world and awakens them to bring about a world of greater justice, equity and Human Rights for all.  - The Maastricht declaration, 2002

Global education is understood to encompass Development Education, Human Rights Education, Education for Sustainability, Education for Peace and Conflict Prevention and Intercultural Education; being the global dimension of Education for Citizenship.

The North-South Centre’s work for the development of Global Education (GE) started back in 1997, when the GE Charter was drafted and became its reference background document. Since then, the NSC has contributed to the dissemination and enrichment of Global Education through a number of initiatives:

- The European Congresses on Global Education
- The Global Education Week
- Global Education National and Regional Seminars
- Online Training Courses
- Training for Trainers


The Joint Programme between the European Union and the Council of Europe

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For the period 2016-2019, the European Union is partnering with the Council of Europe, through its North-South Centre, to include Global Development Education (GDE) in formal education in the Balkans, Baltic, South East Europe and Mediterranean and Visegrad regions. Activities of the Global Education Programme are co-funded by the Civil Society and Local Authorities Programme of the European Union and the Council of Europe.

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The 2 pillars of the Global Education Activities

Institutional pillar
The NSC strives to improve Policies, Partnerships and Networks in the field of GE.
We work on the development of a European framework for Global Education, and on the recognition of GE by policy-makers (Global Education Recommendations).
We provide space for dialogue, in order for experiences to be shared and common priorities to be identified (National and Regional Seminars).

We strengthen a network of key stakeholders, at the Global and European levels, with a focus on the new EU Member States (GEW Network).

We promote GE practices and encourage their implementation (Global Education Week).

The Joint Programme  signed between the NSC and the European Commission is essential for the achievement of these goals.

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Educational pillar
The capacity-building pillar of the Programme consists in offering guidelines and training courses for educators (from the formal and non-formal sectors), for them to understand and practice Global Education.
It also offers networking strategies for the promotion of good GE practices. To know more, acquaint yourself with:
. Global Education Guidelines
. Online Training Course for GE
. Training for Trainers:Youth and Education . Global Education Week – GEW

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Joint Programme between the EU and the CoE



Global Education Congresses


Global Education Week network



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