APCEIU hosted a Global Citizenship Education Forum themed “Sharing Stories of Empowering Citizens to Tackle Global-local Challenges” in collaboration with the Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Korea to UNESCO and the Group of Friends for Solidarity and Inclusion with Global Citizenship Education (Group of Friends) on 13 May 2022. This forum is part of APCEIU’s serial UNESCO Roundtable programme. The event offered a platform for GCED practitioners in Group of Friends Member States to share their experiences and inspire further GCED action across the UNESCO Member States. The event was conducted virtually and has gathered more than 90 participants from 29 countries.
The event began with the opening remarks from H.E. Mr Kim Dong Gi, Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of the Republic of Korea to UNESCO. During his speech, Ambassador Kim Dong Gi highlighted the importance of internalizing GCED to enhance learners’ awareness of their responsibility to contribute to protecting human rights and creating a peaceful and prosperous society.
Ms Stefania Giannini, Assistant Director-General for Education of UNESCO, built upon the remarks given by Ambassador Kim and underlined the criticality of transformative education for making positive peace. In particular, the continuous support targeting educators and youths is vital to ensure we can realize the transformation we want.
Following Ms Giannini’s welcoming remarks, the participants engaged in a series of presentations regarding programmes/activities implemented by GCED practitioners worldwide under the moderation of Mr Hyun Mook Lim, Director of APCEIU. The speakers included Ms Meri Mamikonyan from Armenia, Dr Heidi Grobbauer from Austria, Mr José Vicente Nieto Amaya from Colombia, Dr Enssaf Lutfi Al Zoubi from Jordan, Mr Oliver Waindi from Kenya, and Dr Mario Joyo Aguja from the Philippines. The presentations covered GCED programmes targeting youth, young girls and women, schools, universities, and local communities.
The Forum was concluded with the closing remarks from Mr Hyun Mook Lim. Mr Lim mentioned that from the presentations, we could see the power of education and GCED in tackling the most pressing challenges that we are experiencing in our local contexts. Moreover, he underlined the importance of having a critical point of view to analyze and understand the root causes of hindering peace, solidarity and cooperation while at the same time having positive mindsets and acting in accordance with our respective contexts.
A report on the forum can be found here.