15-23 November 2014
Strategies for Increasing and Improving Global Education

1. Introduction
2. The aims of the Global Education Week

3. Global Education Week National Contacts and Activities

4. What you can do – 7 Suggestions for school and classroom activities

5. Resources, Links and Glossary

6. Global Education initiatives in the World

7. Global Education newsletter

1. Introduction  GE/GEW/0GEW2014_en.asp
In 1999 the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe has launched the first Global Education Week, promoting school activities in the member States with a specific focus on how to overcome poverty and social exclusion. Since, and on the basis of the positive feed-back from 1999, the North-South Centre invites the 47 member States of the Council of Europe to participate annually in the Global Education Week through the active collaboration of national contacts integrating the Global Education Week network.
The theme choosing process for Global Education Week 2014 resulted from an interactive discussion between the network co-ordinators on the issue of Global Education Week and its relation to the Millennium Development Goals. Various proposals were considered and the final theme agreed by the network was:


The choice of this theme is also in line with the mandate of the North-South Centre with regard to raising awareness on North-South and global interdependence issues.
National co-ordinators are invited to add, if necessary, a short sub title or motto to adapt the theme to their particular national situations.
By clicking on the theme title, you will access to numerous practical links and tools dealing with food security related issues.
2. The aims of the Global Education Week GE/GEW/0GEW2014_en.asp
The Global Education Week encourages pupils and teachers as well as youth groups to explore educational activities for global citizenship. It is a matter of addressing issues of diversity and inequality at the local as well as at the global level with an understanding of the core issues of global citizenship and responsability:

    awareness of the wider world and of our own role as a world citizens;
    attitudes of respect for diversity and intercultural communication skills;
    ability to take action to make the world a more equitable and sustainable place;
    responsibility for our own actions

For some approaches in teaching or practice about global education please consult:

2nd Global Education Congress Final report & Strategic recommendations (Lisbon 2012)
Global Education Recommendation - 2011
Global Education Guidelines2008 / updated edition 2012
Global Education Charter - 1997
Maastricht Global Education Declaration - 2002
European Strategy Framework For Improving and Increasing Global Education in Europe to the Year 2015
European Consensus on Development : a strategy framework for Development Education & Awareness Raising2007
European conference on public awareness and development education for North-South solidarity2005
Council resolution on development education and raising European public awareness of development cooperation - 2001

Center for Global Education promotes international education to foster cross-cultural awareness, cooperation and understanding. Living and working effectively in a global society requires learning with an international perspective.
Citizenship education: the global dimension
The portal site for teachers and educators keen to explore the global dimension of Citizenship education.
Development Education Project works with teachers to raise awareness of global issues
Discovery Channel Global Education Partnership is a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to reaching across the global information divide with the tools and training necessary to extend the power of technology and information to under-resourced communities around the world
Global Citizens for Change website has the objective to better inform, educate and prepare educators, their students and prospective volunteers, through virtual means, about global education issues and volunteering in developing countries. Global Citizens for Change promotes volunteering overseas as the ultimate global learning experience.
GlobalEd - The American Forum for Global Education provides leadership to strengthen the education of our nation's youth by fostering the ability to think creatively, analytically, and systematically about issues in a global context.
Global Education Associates
Gathers,Educates,Acts to achieve ecological integrity, peace, human rights, economic and social well-being, and democratic participation for all the world's peoples, with special care to include the voices and perspectives of poor and marginalized people and of diverse cultural and religious traditions.
Tide, a teacher's network which supports creative work to meet young people's educational entitlement to understanding the global dimensions, development perspectives and human rights principles which will shape their lives.
UNESCO site on learning for a sustainable future
UNITED NATIONS Cyberschoolbus was created as the online education component of the Global Teaching and Learning Project, whose mission is to promote education about international issues and the United Nations. The Global Teaching and Learning Project produces high quality teaching materials and activities designed for educational use (at primary, intermediate and secondary school levels) and for training teachers.
Or explore the list of links to organisations offering teaching methods or resources under tip n 5 under 4.
3. Global Education Week National Contacts and Activities GE/GEW/0GEW2014_en.asp
You will find activities sent by our national contacts under the country's name.
To consult GEW activities please click under the country name, or get in touch with your national contact
Should you wish to share your activity and have it posted on-line on the North-South Centre website, please contact your national contact or the North-South Centre GEW network coordinator Miguel Silva
4. What you can do – 7 Suggestions for school and classroom activities GE/GEW/0GEW2014_en.asp
Under "What you can do" the North-South Centre outlines a series of tips concerning potential projects and activities to put into practice during the Global Education Week. Please feel free to suggest your own. If you provide feed-back to the North-South Centre - - concerning your project we will be posting its description and outcomes on the Global Education Week web site.
Tip 1: Start with an activity about the Global Village
Tip 2: Global Education Week National Contacts and Activities

Tip 3: Present (or get in touch with) School Links Experiences

Tip 4: Consult and join forces with World Aware Education Award Laureates

Tip 5: Consult on-line teaching units

Tip 6: Request and disseminate Examples of Good Practice

Tip 7: Monitor the media

Tip 1: Start with an activity about the Global Village
We have heard it many times: we live in a global village … but how do we perceive this village? If the world were a village of 1000 people… is a simple activity that can be printed and photocopied to encourage participants to reflect (alone or in small groups) about their knowledge and perception about the world we live in. The overall datas are available to compare later on our estimates with available statistics. Why did we over -or under- estimate certain figure? What does it say about our ideas about certain areas of the world? What are the sources of our knowledge about the world? Please provide your feed-back about what happened during the activity and any updates about the datas by writing to who will edit them in the "your feed-back" section.
Tip 2: Global Education Week National Contacts and Activities
Activities sent by our GEW national contacts are being posted under the country's name that you can find by clicking on the link to the GEW network.
Please note that this list is regularly being updated. If you do not find a contact point for your country, please double-check with the North-South Centre at the following address:
Tip 3: Present (or get in touch with) School Links Experiences
Use the Global Education Week to give visibility and promote School Links and Youth Work Camps projects. You are invited to share with us ideas and checklists for making such presentations effective and consult on-line information such as:

    Department for Education and Skills in UK
    Elearningeuropa - eTwinning portal
    European Schoolnet on-line school-twining: eTwinning programme
    Life-Link Friendship-Schools
    My Europe school twinning examples and school twinning on the web

And particularly the school links developed by the GEW network national contact:
Tip 4: Consult and join forces with World Aware Education Award Laureates
In co-operation with Irish Aid, the North-South Centre awards annually the World Aware Education Award prize for global education awareness-raising projects developped in partnership.
The awards are attributed to partnerships of relevant actors (NGO/government/educational institution) who have existing projects that improve, increase or integrate global education in secondary schools. Please click here to read about the World Aware Education Award laureates .
Should you be interested in submitting a project to the World Aware Education Award, please contact the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe.
Tip 5: Consult on-line teaching units and resources
COMPASS - produced within the framework of the Human Rights Education Youth Programme of the Directorate of Youth and Sport of the Council of Europe, the programme aims to put human rights at the centre of youth work and thereby to contribute to the bringing of human rights education into the mainstream.
COMPASITO – manual on Human Rights Education for Children
Domino – A manual to use peer group education as a means to fight racism, xenophobia, anti-semitism and intolerance.
See also Alien 93, Youth organisation combatting racism and xenophobia.
Education pack - Idea, resources, methods and activities for informal intercultural education with young people and adults
Exploring children’s rights - Lesson sequences for primary schools
Gender Matters – manual on gender based violence affecting young people
Human Rights educational fact sheets. The European Convention on Human Rights - starting points for teachers
European Charter for Democratic Schools without Violence
Upon the initiative of the Council of Europe, young people from across Europe have prepared the European Charter for Democratic Schools without Violence on the basis of the fundamental values and principles shared by all Europeans, in particular those set forth in the Council of Europe’s Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.
. Special file : Council of Europe intercultural and interreligious dialogue policy
This space provides information on all resources produced and gathered by the North-South Centre. It facilitates access to the Interdependent (the North-South Centre's information bulletin), working documents, publications, and reports in thematic and chronological order, as well as a list of relevant websites.


    Amnesty International teaching resources
    Anty-Slavery International educational resources
    Citizenship education, the portal site for teachers and educators keen to promote the global dimension of Citizenship
    Christian Aid religious education for Global Citizenship
    Development Education Association has adopted a number of strategies over the years to develop and share exemplary practice in a global dimension to education and learning.
    Development Education Project - Raising Awareness of Global Issues
    Education for Sustainable Development has been designed to help teachers, curriculum coordinators, school managers and governors to develop approaches to education for sustainable development.
    European Federation for Intercultural Learning - EFIL, the European federation for Intercultural Learning coordinates a thematic network of organisations, schools, and trainers who have a key role in promoting global education in Europe.
    Global Education Reader
    Global Dimension Website Education Empowering Young People with the Knowledge, Skills and Understanding to Play an Active Role as Global Citizens.
    Explore a comprehensive list of on-line Global Education Resources with Global Learning on-line
    Global Link is a development education centre based in Lancaster aiming at promoting awareness and understanding of global issues, and empowering people to take positive action for justice, development and sustainability. Global link resource library
    Global Workplace, a two-part education unit for grassroots trade unionists who want to find out more about globalisation
    IEARN - International Education and Resource Network
    Insights from the Field from Peace Corps is a Teacher Guide designed to engage students in an inquiry about the world, themselves, and others as they focus on a culture other than their own. Learning activities and performance tasks to help students can be found under this link.
    Just Business - 'Just Business' web site provides information and activities about global and ethical issues for students and teachers of Business Studies and Economics.
    Learning Activities for Use With Young People to Explore the Issue of Discrimination
    Learning for the Global Citizen teaching units
    My Community, Our Earth (MyCOE)
    The vision of the organizers of My Community, Our Earth (MyCOE) is to build a geographically literate generation able to use this knowledge in their everyday lives to bring about true sustainable development. All participants are eligible to receive a free resource kit, which contains software, maps, and educational materials about geography, GIS technology, and sustainable development.
    Save the Children's Education Unit Check out the new education pages for teachers, educationalists and others working with young people. They contain news of the latest available resources as well as information on new materials for teachers and youth workers.
    Scientific Network on Globalisation and Development
    United Nations CyberSchoolBus
    Teach and learn about global issues! Commemorate special days and anniversaries such as the Human Rights Day, Peace Day, and Environment Day and more... UNESCO resources
    Unesco-International Bureau of Education
    New CD-Rom on good experiences for learning to live together - A CD-ROM including twenty-five good practices in schools for learning to live together is available. The programmes have been selected from RelatED, a database on learning to live together produced by the UNESCO Internatinal Bureau of Education (IBE). …more
    Every year, the Education for All – EFA - Monitoring Report assesses where the world stands on its commitment to provide a basic education to all children, youth and adults by 2015. Developed by an independent team and published by UNESCO, the report is an authoritative reference that aims to inform, influence and sustain genuine commitment towards education for all.

North-South Centre Global Education on-line training course
Tip 6: Request and disseminate Examples of Good Practice
The North-South Centre is producing a series of publications focusing on Examples of good practice in Education for Global Citizenship completed by reports dealing with global education implementation policies.
For further queries concerning the publications please contact
Do not hesitate to send your examples of Good Practice to
Tip 7: Monitor the media
Baobabconnections is a non-profit internet based media project of Both ENDS, an online monthly magazine dedicated to building critical awareness, raising debate and stimulating meaningful action toward building a future free of the dire effects of profit driven Corporate Globalisation.
Pay attention to the way the media deal with issues of globalisation, social exclusion, and inequality. Select different perspectives and encourage discussion taking into account different points of view. Consult activities available on this issue developed by the Global Express project
Media Networks:
African Journals OnLine - AJOL – is a database of African-published journals, publishing in a range of academic disciplines. The objective of AJOL is to provide a window to the research published within the continent, and give greater visibility to the participating journals, and to the research they convey.
Baobab connections is a non-profit internet based media project of Both ENDS, an online monthly magazine dedicated to building critical awareness, raising debate and stimulating meaningful action toward building a future free of the dire effects of profit driven Corporate Globalisation.
Choike is a portal dedicated to improving the visibility of the work done by NGOs and social movements from the South. It serves as a platform where citizen groups can disseminate their work and at the same time enrich it with information from diverse sources, which is presented from the perspective of Southern civil society. Choike is a project of the Instituto del Tercer Mundo, NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations based in Montevideo, Uruguay.
International Independent Information Exchange
Inter Press Service News Agency – IPS - the world's leading provider of information on global issues, is backed by a network of journalists in more than 100 countries. IPS focuses its news coverage on the events and global processes affecting the economic, social and political development of peoples and nations.
Panafrican News Agency
AllAfrica Global Media is a multi-media content service provider, systems technology developer and the largest electronic distributor of African news and information worldwide. Registered in Mauritius, with offices in Johannesburg, Dakar, Lagos and Washington, D.C., AllAfrica is one of a family of companies that aggregate, produce and distribute news from across Africa to tens of millions of end users.
PANOS Institute is an International non-governmental organisation (I.N.G.O.) which has the two-fold objectives of:
- strengthening the media in countries in the South and their capacity to produce, in relation with all the components of the civil society, pluralist information, which is the guarantee of a culture of peace and democracy
- supporting the production of information on priority issues, furthering the circulation of this information at a global level, arousing, stimulating and informing public debate in both the South and the North on topical themes.
United-Nations News centre


    Council of Europe Newsletters
    The Europeans – The newsletter of the CoE Parliamentary Assembly
    Newsletter Education – The newsletter of the Directorate General of Education, Culture and Heritage, Youth and Sport

Other Newsletters: is the leading online media on European Union policies. The portal has become an essential work instrument for EU Actors . EurActiv is a policy portal, going more in-depth than traditional news sites.
European Commission News
Global Education magazine
Global Education Magazine is an educational magazine with international character promoting ideas and experiences from the work of educational professionals, as well as NGOs, Voluntary Associations, Supranational, National, Regional and Local Institutions and Organizations, that struggle every day to achieve the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations by 2015 and 2025 . Reflecting on the value and significance of education in the globalized era of the 21st century requires tackling global dynamics (economic, political, cultural, social, educational, etc.) with new forms of cooperation and democratic social organization to respond to the challenge of governance in a cosmopolitan society. Therefore, we consider that the new network societies promoting a better awareness of the problems of a local-global and global-local: the “glocal issues”.
OSCE bulletin - Latest news from the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe



Human rights

    Human Rights Watch News

5. Resources, Links and Glossary  GE/GEW/0GEW2014_en.asp
This space provides information on all resources produced and gathered by the North-South Centre. It facilitates access to the Interdependent (the North-South Centre's information bulletin), working documents, publications, and reports in thematic and chronological order, as well as a list of relevant websites

North-South Centre Global Education on-line training course
European Youth Worker Training – Partnership programme between the Council of Europe and the European Commission
Education For All - Global Monitoring Report 2010 - Reaching the marginalized
The global economic crisis could create a lost generation of children in the world's poorest countries whose life chances will have been irreparably damaged by a failure to protect their right to education. The 2010 Education for All Global Monitoring Report looks at concrete solutions for making sure that no children are excluded from schooling.
Download the Report and more

. Education at a glance

. OECD Observer articles on Education
Educational networks
Associated Schools Project Network - ASPnet
The main purpose of UNESCO, according to its Constitution, is to contribute to peace and security by promoting the collaboration of nations through education, science and culture, in order to further universal respect for justice, the rule of law, human rights and fundamental freedoms for the peoples of the world, regardless of race, sex, language or religion. One of the basic aims of the Organization has always been the promotion of peace and international co-operation through education. After its foundation in 1946, educators working with UNESCO produced an impressive number of new ideas and suggestions concerning the education of young people for international understanding.
In order to translate these ideas into concrete action, UNESCO launched the Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet) in 1953. As of the year 2003, it includes over 7,000 educational institutions, ranging from pre-school education to teacher training in 166 countries.
Associated Schools commit to promoting the ideals of UNESCO by conducting pilot projects in favour of better preparing children and young people to meet effectively the challenges of an increasingly complex and interdependent world.
Development Education Association - DEA
Development education aims to raise awareness and understanding of how global issues affect the everyday lives of individuals, communities and societies and how all of us can and do influence the global.

Development Education Exchange in Europe Project - DEEEP
DEEEP is a programme that aims to increase the capacity of European NGDOs to deliver Development Education (DE) via methodological exchange, training, improved networking, elaboration of common policies and common projects.
European federation for Intercultural Learning - EFIL, the European federation for Intercultural Learning coordinates a thematic network of organisations, schools, and trainers who have a key role in promoting global education in Europe.
European Association for Education of Adults
Human Rights Education Associates - HREA
International Association for Intercultural Education
Polygone is a European network for Development Education, created with the aim of debating the role education should play, as a transforming activity, in the diverse societies of the North and the South. It is also a frame to exchange experiences, materials and theoretical models.
The myEUROPE Schools Network is a group of more than 970 schools. They form a unique community of teachers who work for the development and the enhancement of our common European identity
Directory of Development organisations: guide to International Organisations, Governments, Private Sector Institutions, Development Agencies, Universities, Research and Training Institutes, NGOs/PDOs, Grantmakers, Banks, Microfinance Institutions and Development Consulting Firms
Non-governmental Organisations Research Guide
Council of Europe links
Education for Europe
… Helping to incorporate the principles of human rights, democracy, tolerance and mutual respect, the rule of law and peaceful resolution of conflicts into the daily practice of teaching and learning…
Division for Citizenship and Human Rights Education
Council of Europe NGOs Unit
Do not hesitate to send your suggestions of useful links and resources to
- Agenda 21 : the Action plan for sustainable development adopted at the 1992 Rio Earth Summit.

Globalisation: is characterised by "shrinking space, shrinking time and disappearing borders", through the development of market economy, communications technologies, biotechnology, etc, was the main focus of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Human Development Report
For an overview of Global Trends, global teaching and learning projects or resources, please explore the following links
UN Cyber School Bus
UNESCO portal development
Centre for Research on Globalisation (CRG) is an independent research and media group of progressive writers, scholars and activists committed to curbing the tide of "globalisation" and "disarming" the New World Order. The CRG web page based in Montreal publishes news articles, commentary, background research and analysis on a broad range of issues, focussing on the interrelationship between social, economic, strategic, geopolitical and environmental processes.
Global Development Research Center (GDRC)
The Global Development Research Center is a virtual organization that carries out initiatives in education, research and practices, in the spheres of environment, urban, community and information
International Forum on Globalisation (IFG) is an alliance of sixty leading activists, scholars, economists, researchers and writers formed to stimulate new thinking, joint activity, and public education in response to economic globalisation
World Bank site on global monitoring
- Poverty: A state of deprivation, of not being able to meet the minimum standards for decent living. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) provides annual reports about poverty and development
The eradication of poverty is the main subject of the 1997 Human Development Report
About poverty eradication, we invite you to get acquainted to Millennium Development Goal n1
- Solidarity: the ability to empathise and support each other. An agenda for social solidarity was discussed and agreed upon in the 1995 Copenhagen World Social Summit, see report, including an action plan for the eradication of poverty
- Sustainable development: development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. For a State of Environment Report, including many national profiles you can refer to:
UNEP, the United Nations Environment Network;
UN Division for Sustainable Development
- Sustainable future: one in which a healthy environment, economic prosperity and social justice are pursued simultaneously to ensure the well-being and the quality of life of present and future generations. Education being crucial to attain that future, please consult UNESCO site on learning for a sustainable future.
Do not hesitate to send your suggestions of useful links and resources to
6. Global Education initiatives in the World GE/GEW/0GEW2014_en.asp
- One World Week UK
Set up in 1978, One World Week exists to provide the space for people from diverse backgrounds to come together to learn about global justice, to spread that learning and to use it to challenge inequality, discrimination and degradation, locally and globally. It is an opportunity to learn about global issues and to take action locally on things that have a global impact. One World Week events now take place all over the world, from Japan to Uganda to India. Find out what happens in OWW here.
- National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) One World Week
NYCI One World Week
is a week of youth-led awareness raising, education and action that takes place throughout Ireland during the third week in November every year.
- International Education Week in the US
- Week for International Solidarity in France
This national and local event is a joint initiative launched by NGOs in close collaboration with the public authorities. It brings together all the actors involved in international solidarity (associations, NGOs, local communities, schools, trade unions, work councils...).
- 17 November, International Day of Students - Call for action
7. Global Education newsletter GE/GEW/0GEW2014_en.asp
The Global Education Newsletter, a monthly electronic newsletter for Global Education networks, to share global education news, events and experiences, useful thematic links and educational materials, and serving as an informative vehicle for the global education practitioners.
Wishing you a fruitful reading and looking forward for your comments or suggestions you can address to

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