Engaging on the new iLegend cycle, the participants of the annual Global Education Network Meeting met in Sintra, Portugal from January 29 to 31 to coordinate the next three years of work to better advocate and raise awareness of global education in their countries. Embodying the challenge of addressing different needs from different perspectives, the full network and the sub-groups (Balkan, Baltic, South-East Europe and Mediterranean, Visegrad and Western European countries) worked alternatively on the construction of this new agenda. In unison, the participants called for a multiplication of actions in favour of a wide involvement in regard to Global Education, notably through a deeper implication of policy makers.
I am pleased to have been able to participate for the second time in this network seminar. The diversity of members and local situations makes it difficult to take common decisions, but this network is nevertheless very useful to better understand the realities of each country and to progress in our work. The people composing the network are very committed and endearing.
Jean-Marc Delaunay, Festival des Solidarité coordinator, France
On January 31, a workshop was organised in order to improve the coordination and impact of the Global Education Week, the annual Europe-wide awareness-raising campaign taking place during the third week of November and playing a catalyser role for disseminating Global Education values and practices through a large range of possible activities.
On the same day, a plenary presentation focused on sharing projects and pedagogical experiences developed by the network coordinators.
- In Serbia – Fun Park - Free game-based application and platform to create, play and share, inclusive and engaging learning game, to play individually or in teams.
- In Ireland – Climate One World Week - Trainings about climate challenges proposing resources that explores the issue of Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Goals. This resource is designed for Global Educators, Youth Workers, Development Education practitioners, trainers, climate activists, changemakers of all shapes and sizes but in particular those working with the current generation of young people.
- In Austria – Global Issues - Global Subjects - Contributes to the systematic integration of Global Learning or Global Citizenship Education into the Austrian school system. The objective is to address topics of global development (namely SDGs and controversial global issues such as climate change, migration and gender) in subject-related lessons. The strategy of the project aims at developing, testing and publishing complementary materials on global learning for specific school subjects and making them widely known in the teaching community.
- In Romania – Overview of the situation of the Global Education in the country, mentioning a wide panel of projects implemented in schools.
The Global Education Network will continue its work in promoting and encouraging diversity, enabling peer and intercultural learning between formal and non-formal educators, practitioners and policy makers through an increased role of the network and the three core dimensions coordinated by the Global Education Programme of the North-South Centre: the forthcoming regional advocacy seminars; the revised Global Education Guidelines and an online and residential training scheme.
iLegend II | Intercultural Learning Exchange through Global Education, Networking and Dialogue
iLEGEND II " Intercultural Learning Exchange through Global Education, Networking and Dialogue” is a joint programme of the European Union and the Council of Europe: co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe.
As part of the EC’s Development Education and Awareness Raising Programme, for the period 2019-2022, iLEGEND II aims at strengthening global education/global development education where it is least established in the EU member States, candidate and potential candidate countries, by promoting dialogue, networking strategies, capacity building and exchange of education good practices.