Activities of the Global Education Week
The world is changing, what about us?
The North-South Centre of the Council of Europe promotes the 20th annual celebration of Global Education Week (GEW), which will take place from 19th to the 25th of November 2018, under the theme “The World is changing, what about us”. The events take place across Europe in settings of both formal and non-formal education.
The world is changing, what about us?
This year’s theme focuses on sustainable lifestyles and relates directly to the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) which aim to eliminate extreme poverty, reduce inequalities and combat the threat of climate change by 2030.
It is a call to rethink our habits and ways of living, spending and consuming but also find new ways of education and socialisation. Through taking charge of waste, pollution, emissions and the use of natural resources, sustainable lifestyles are key to protecting the environment.
This is why this year’s theme calls for reflections about our daily activities, future aspirations and the impact we can have in influencing change.
We invite all schools and youth organisations, as well as any other interested parties of the Council of Europe’s member states to take part in the Europe wide awareness raising event. Students, educators and youth groups willing to implement a global education awareness-raising project are welcome. School links and networking with partners in the South are vividly encouraged.
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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
2017 - My World Depends on Us
Global Education Week 2017
"My World Depends on Us" was the theme of the 2017 edition which took place in schools and education institutions across Europe.
Interdependence is the priority issue for the North-South Centre's Global Education Network coordinators and is in line with the North-South Centre’s mandate: raising awareness on North-South and global interdependence issues.
It was linked to the nature of Global Education and its relation to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
2016 - Acting together for a world of peace
Global Education Week 2016
The theme for the 2016 Global Education Week edition (12-20 November) was “Acting Together for a World of Peace”. The choice of this topic resulted from a discussion between North-South Centre's Global Education Network coordinators, choosing Peace as a priority issue considering the international context. This theme is also in line with the North-South Centre’s mandate with regard to raising awareness on North-South and global interdependence issues. It is linked to the nature of Global Education and its relation to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
2015 - Make Equality Real
Global Education Week 2015
The 17th edition of the Global Education Week, facilitated by the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe was held from the 14th to the 22nd of November, under the theme "Make equality real"
iLegend | Intercultural Learning Exchange through Global Education, Networking and Dialogue
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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