The Global Education Week 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.

The Global Education Week’s aim is to encourage educators and learners to explore educational activities for global citizenship. In line with Target 4.7 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4, the Global Education Week addresses issues related to diversity and inequality at the local and global levels, and tries to foster:

  • Awareness of the wider world and of our own role as world citizens
  • Attitudes of respect for diversity and intercultural communication skills
  • Responsibility for our own actions
  • The ability to take action to make the world a more equitable and sustainable place

Global Education Week 2018

 "The World is changing: what about us" is the theme of the 2018 Global Education Week, an annual event, which takes place in schools and education institutions across Europe.

  19-25 November  

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The first Global Education Week, launched by the North-South Centre in 1999, focused on how to overcome poverty and social exclusion. Since then, and on the basis of very positive feedback from the 1999 edition, the North-South Centre has invited all member states of the Council of Europe to participate in the Global Education Week every year, through the active collaboration of the North-South Centre's Global Education Network.

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 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 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.

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