Global Citizenship Education & People Engagement

Global Citizenship Education and all forms of awareness raising and campaigning supporting active engagement of people are crucial for global justice. As we come to the Sustainable Development Goals’ age, it will become even more important to engage citizens throughout Europe to recognise the interlinked nature of global issues and contribute to a fairer and more sustainable world.

This is why we target the EU institutions as well as the development actors themselves to challenge the classic approach to international development and address the root causes of inequality to tackle them. We believe that global citizenship education is a key tool in gaining a critical understanding of the world around us and in creating an active global civil society.

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The change we want to see:

  • Global Citizenship Education: We want the European Policies at EU and Member State level to be in line with the target 4.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals. We want them to reflect commitment to Global Citizenship Education, including with financing.
  • Gender Equality: We want the gender perspectives on sustainable development to be better conveyed in our network and through our work.
  • Paradigm Shift towards sustainable global development: We want to develop a critical dialogue within the membership and our political narrative on universal values underpinning the paradigm shift (especially development education, global learning, campaigning and public fundraising activities).
  • Public Pressure for Global Justice: We want to create spaces for members to promote citizen’s engagement and action for global justice by strengthening our political work.

Latest news

Reporting back from the launch of the GCE Funding Study

On 8 March 2018, CONCORD launched  its report on GCE “Global Citizenship Education in Europe: How much do we care?”. Why should we care about global citizenship education? How much funding goes to GCE in Europe? How much should we invest in Global Citizenship Education? These questions were addressed in the report and discussed by the panellists, including experts from DEVCO and UNESCO.

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New Report on Funding Global Citizenship Education in Europe

While Global Citizenship Education is recognised by many as a powerful tool to resolve the current global challenges our world is facing, the level of investment by national governments remains limited. Why is that? To answer this situation, CONCORD launches its new report “Global Citizenship Education – How much do we care?”. Based on a research across all EU Member States (+ Norway), this publication reveals the level of funding dedicated to Global Citizenship Education in Europe between 2011 and 2015.

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Challenges of Humanitarian and Developmental Action – Reporting back from Forum Espace Humanitaire

In January, CONCORD Director, Seamus Jefferson participated in the Forum Espace Humanitaire taking place in Annecy, France. During this meeting, delegates from the major humanitarian and development organisations have gathered to share views on today’s challenges of humanitarian and developmental action. Seamus’ intervention focuses on four main tasks for the sector.

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