"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. It builds on the global dimensions of education for citizenship such as development, human rights, sustainability, peace and conflict prevention and intercultural dialogue. It lays on non-formal learner-centred and participatory methodology to foster critical analysis and active citizenship.
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 started in 1997 when the Global Education Charter was drafted and became its reference background document. Since then, the North-South Centre has been contributing to the dissemination and enrichment of global education through a number of initiatives.
The North-South Centre of the Council of Europe strives to improve policies, partnerships and networks in the field of global education
The North-South Centre works on the development of a European framework for global education and on the recognition of global education by policymakers
The North-South Centre provides space for dialogue, sharing of experiences and the identification of common priorities
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 North-South Centre promotes Global Education practices and encourages their implementation
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.
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.
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:
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.
The contents of this website are the sole responsibility of the North-South Centre and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union. The European Union is made up of 28 Member States who have decided to gradually link together their know-how, resources and destinies. Together, during a period of enlargement of 50 years, they have built a zone of stability, democracy and sustainable development whilst maintaining cultural diversity, tolerance and individual freedoms. The European Union is committed to sharing its achievements and its values with countries and peoples beyond its borders.