Global Education Week 2012


Global Education Week 2012


The European Global Education Week is an annual awareness raising event encouraging global education practices in the member States of the Council of Europe and beyond. Global Education (which encompasses development education, human rights education, intercultural education, peace education and conflict resolution) works on the understanding of the core issues of global citizenship :

  • awareness of the wider world and of our own role as a world citizens;
  • attitudes of respect for diversity and intercultural communication skills;
  • understanding of the causes and effects of major issues effecting the world;
  • opportunities to take action to make the world a more equitable and sustainable place

While there have been a number of national initiatives for many years now, European co-ordination of these initiatives first began in 1999 at the initiative of the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe (NSC), with the pilot Global Education Week (GEW) in 12 member states. Thanks to the work of the national co-ordinators constituting the GEW network, along with the support of an increasing number of Ministries of Education and Foreign Affairs Ministries, NGOs, local authorities and educational institutions, the week has grown and the GEW network counts today 40 national co-ordinators from the Council of Europe member States and four international organisations.

In 2012, the 14th European Global Education Week will take place from the 10th to the 18th of November.

The theme for Global Education Week 2012, chosen in consultation with the NSC GEW network national co-ordinators, and having the Millennium Development Goals as an inspirational background, is


The choice of this theme fosters environmental justice in the context of the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations and the UN International Year of Sustainable Energy for All, putting forward the link between local and global issues. It is also in line with the mandate of the North-South Centre with regard to raising awareness on North-South and global interdependence issues. National co-ordinators are invited to add, if necessary, a short sub title or motto to adapt the theme to their particular national situations (Some examples of mottos: Mobility for Sustainability…)

Global Education Week (also known in some countries as One World Week) supports teachers, youth leaders, young people and any other formal and non-formal educational actors to engage in education for global citizenship; and enhances the effectiveness of this endeavour nationally and throughout Europe, through co-ordination of initiatives and sharing of best practices.

All schools and youth organisations, as well as any other interested educational stakeholder in the Council of Europe’s member States are invited to take part in the event coordinated through the Global Education web-page on the North-South Centre website :

http://www.coe .int/t/dg4/nscentre/GE/GEW_en.asp

In addition, increasing and improving GE in Europe is achieved through the following complementary activities developed by the NSC Global Education & Youth Programme:

  • Give visibility to, sharing and encouraging GE best practices through the World Aware Education Awards;
  • Dissemination of the Global Education Newsletter, an electronic newsletter for GE practitioners, to share global education news and events, useful thematic links and educational materials, and serving as an informative support for the NSC GEW network;
  • Highlighting GE policy developed in CoE Member States through Global Education country profiles;
  • Pedagogical tools, namely the Global Education Guidelines, a handbook for educators to understand and implement Global Education;
  • A Global Education on-line training course.

Since 2011 global education is recognised through the Recommendation of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers to member states on education for global interdependence and solidarity:

The Youth Dimension of the Programme promotes, improves and gives visibility to the role of youth and their organisations as actors of development and global interdependence through training activities like the University on Youth and Development; the global and interregional training courses for youth organisations (North-South TC, Euro-Mediterranean TC, Euro-African TC); the facilitation of interregional processes at youth level; seminars and workshops on youth participation in development; pool of trainers and training development on North-South and global youth work and research and exchange of best practices.

The NSC Global Education & Youth Programme is complemented by the Intercultural Dialogue programme which aims at facilitating dialogue between members of parliaments, local authorities, civil society organisations and governments of Europe, Mediterranean rim and Africa.



Miguel Silva – programme manager

[email protected]

North-South Centre of the Council of Europe

Rua São Caetano, nº32

1200-829 Lisboa


Tel.: +351 213 584 030 Fax: +351 213 584 037/72

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