"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 a pedagogical approach that fosters multiple perspectives and the deconstruction of stereotypes and builds on a learner centred approach to foster critical awareness of global challenges and engagement for sustainable lifestyles.

Global Education competences build on development education, human rights education, education for sustainability, education for peace and conflict prevention and intercultural education, all being the global dimension of education for citizenship.

The North-South Centre’s work for the development of global education started in 1991 with pioneer regional multistakeholder seminars on the issue. They led to the drafting of the Global Education Charter in 1997, which became its reference background document, later consolidated by the recommendations from European global education multistakeholder congresses and regional seminars, as well as a capacity building scheme for formal and non-formal educators.

Ever since, the North-South Centre has been contributing to global education advocacy and pedagogical support through a number of initiatives, at institutional and education levels.

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The North-South Centre of the Council of Europe strives to improve policies, partnerships and networks in the field of global education

Global Education Recommendations

The North-South Centre works on the development of a European framework for global education and on the recognition of global education by policymakers

National and Regional Seminars

The North-South Centre provides space for dialogue, sharing of experiences and the identification of common priorities

North-South Centre Global Education Network

The North-South Centre strengthens a network of key stakeholders, at the global and European levels, with a focus on the new European Union member states.The network comprises 40 national coordinators from Council of Europe member States and Morocco (North-South Centre member State) representing Civil Society Organisation platforms or Ministries of Education

Global Education Week

The North-South Centre promotes Global Education practices and encourages their implementation through the Global Education Week which is a Europe wide awareness raising event, which takes place annually in formal and non-formal educational settings across the continent. It has a different theme every year

EU-Council of Europe Joint management agreement for the promotion of Global Education

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

 Learn more about the Joint Programme between the European Commission and the Council of Europe: iLegend  - Intercultural Learning Exchange through Global Education, Networking and Dialogue

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The capacity building pillar of the global education programme consists of offering guidelines and training courses for educators (from the formal and non-formal sectors), enabling them to understand and practice global development education.

It also offers networking strategies for the promotion of good global education practices.

To know more acquiant yourself with:

the Online Training Courses for Global Education

the Training for Trainers: Youth and Global Education

Database of good practices Database of good practices

The good practice database of the North-South Centre features ground-breaking projects with proven success in the fields of integration, protection, social and economic empowerment and education, just to name a few.

Check out the database of good practices in the field of Global Education

You can also contribute by sending your projects and help other organisations with your stories and experiences here.

The activities of the North-South Centre Global Education programme are implemented in the framework of the iLegend programme -Intercultural Learning Exchange through Global Education, Networking and Dialogue- a joint programme between, and funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe.

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Global education echoes the priorities defined in the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Global education topics and priorities cover mainly Sustainable Development Goals:

4 quality education

5 gender equality

16 peace and justice

17 (partnerships for the goals

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