Brussels, July 1st 2014 – Global education targets should be included in the future international development agenda set for reform in 2015 say leading NGOs and institutions such as UNESCO, following the Conference “Citizens for Global Education, Education for Global Citizenship” held in Brussels on 24-25 June.

 
“We believe that emancipatory engagement with citizens has to move from the margins to the very core of the development agenda, because what is development about if not responsible global citizenship?” says Tobias Troll, DEEEP Project Manager.
 
The call comes just days after more than US$28.5 billion was pledged in additional funding during the Global Partnership for Education’s Replenishment Conference in Brussels.
 
Previous education targets in the Millennium Development Goals focused on access to education, the Post-2015 agenda needs to focus on quality and be much more ambitious.
 
Lydia Ruprecht from UNESCO says: “Post-2015 education must include steps to overcome discrimination. Quality, accessible education is of utmost importance. (…) Education for Global Citizenship obliges us to focus on pedagogy as well as the outcomes of education.”
 
New targets – “The Brussels Proposal: Towards a new direction for Education”
 
The Brussels Proposal calls for Global Citizenship to be promoted: “Through Education for Global Citizenship, we can find new ways to reach, inspire and engage learners to focus efforts on equitable, peaceful and sustainable social, economic and ecological solutions to interconnected local & global challenges.” – The Brussels Proposal
 
This document was prepared by the participants attending the conference organized by CONCORD Europe, in partnership with UNESCO, the Global Campaign for Education, Education International, Oxfam International, the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe, CIVICUS, Beyond2015, Engagement Global and in support of the Global Education First Initiative.
 
The participants of the conference supported the Muscat Agreement and its targets as achievable and implementable. Together, they commit to collaborate to ensure this target will be achieved by 2030. The participants called now on national governments worldwide to put real quality education at the heart of the Post-2015 Framework and to include the Education for Global Citizenship Target of the Muscat Agreement.
 
The Brussels Proposal is available online.
 
CONCORD Europe & the DEEEP Project
 
CONCORD is the European confederation of Relief and Development NGOs. It is made up of member organisations: 28 national associations, 18 international networks and 2 associate members that represent over 1,800 NGOs, supported by millions of citizens across Europe. www.concordeurope.org
 
DEEEP is a project initiated by the Development Awareness Raising and Education Forum (DARE Forum) of CONCORD. It aims to contribute to the creation of a global civil society through citizen’s empowerment for change in order to achieve global justice. www.deeep.org
 
The Muscat Agreement is a document which states a global goal and targets for the post-2015 education agenda and was agreed during the Global Education For All Meeting in Muscat, Oman. This document is the first important document which proposes a new overarching education goal for the international community to ensure equitable and inclusive quality education and lifelong learning for all by 2030.
 
As a follow up to the conference, DEEEP/CONCORD DARE Forum will be conducting a research project that aims to identify the opportunities and challenges of monitoring Global Citizenship Education. The outcome from the project, available in December 2014, will be a description of a monitoring framework, possible targets and indicators for Global Citizenship Education that are practically useful to education practitioners and to those involved in discussing the inclusion of Global Citizenship Education in the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals.