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The First GCED Cooperation Centre (GCC) Directors’ Meeting
  • 04/07/22

The UNESCO Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding (APCEIU) held its first online GCED Cooperation Centre Directors' Meeting on 24 June, 2022. 

GCED Cooperation Centres were established in 2021 as part of a project to increase implementation capacity of global citizenship education in the ASEAN region. They have been operated by five teacher education institutions (TEIs) in four countries; including Thailand (Chulalongkorn University, Chiang Mai University), Malaysia (Universiti Sains Malaysia, USM), Cambodia (National Institute of Education) and the Philippines (Philippine Normal University).

Chulalongkorn University (Director: Professor Athapol Anunthavorasakul), Chiang Mai University (Director: Professor Pakdeukul Ratana), and Universiti Sains Malaysia (Director: Professor Rohizani Yaakub) have been implementing programmes since GCCs were launched in their respective institutions last year. At the GCED Cooperation Centre Directors’ Meeting, each director shared outcomes of last year’s programmes and key activity plans for this year. 

The Philippine Normal University (Director: Professor Serafin Arviola Jr), and Cambodia's National Institute of Education (Chair of the Organizing Committee: Mok Sarom, Deputy Director General of Education, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport), both of which established its GCED Cooperation Centre through a Memorandum of Understanding earlier this year, presented their operating system and pilot operation plans.

Director Hyun Mook Lim emphasized that APCEIU and the GCED Cooperation Centres should play a critical role as an effective platform for promoting global citizenship education in the region through mutual cooperation activities such as joint research and hosting conferences.

Furthermore, APCEIU plans to select candidate institutions in the second half of this year and kick off related consultations to establish the 3rd cluster of GCED Cooperation Centres in Indonesia and Laos next year.