Thursday, 2 December, 2021 - 13:30

From Development Education to Global Citizenship Education: Evolving narratives in international development.

Seminar exploring how changing paradigms and practices in international development cooperation resonate with evolving trends in DE and GCE.

About this event

Jan Van Ongevalle, research manager at HIVA-KU Leuven, will deliver this seminar that will explore issues related to his contribution to "International Development Cooperation Today: A Radical Shift Towards a Global Paradigm". This event is part of the ANGEL seminar series. The full title of the session will be "From Development Education to Global Citizenship Education: Evolving narratives in international development". 

Chair & Respondent

This event will be Chaired by Liam Wegimont (Global Education Network Europe). After Jan's presentation, respondent La Salete Coelho (University of Porto & Polytechnic of Viana do Castelo) will react to the topics discussed and help stimulate discussion.


During the session, Jan will elaborate on how changing paradigms and practices in international development cooperation resonate with evolving trends in development education and its transition towards global citizenship education.

He will do this by zooming in on the gradual shift that has taken place over time from a traditional aid perspective that places the aid system at the centre of development education (charity perspective), over a more technical focus on economic development (economic development perspective), to placing rights-based thinking at the core (global justice perspective).

While these different perspectives have not started neatly the one after the other, and still co-exist together, there seems to be a tangible shift in where the momentum is going, towards a global justice perspective and education for global citizenship.

During the presentation Jan will also zoom in on some of the approaches and possible pitfalls that come with each of these perspectives, and will also share some thoughts on how these trends are informing the current reformulation of the Belgian national strategy on global citizenship education, a process that is currently ongoing and which Jan is partly involved in.

A respondent from ANGEL partners Global Education Network Europe (GENE) will be confirmed ASAP. GENE is the European network of Ministries and Agencies with national responsibility for policymaking, funding and support in the field of Global Education.


This event is to be hosted via Zoom. Registered participants will be emailed a link in the days before the event, and also 30 minutes before as a reminder. Time after the presentations will be given over to a Q&A with participants. Tickets are free, but you must register via the Eventbrite page using the button below.



The ANGEL Seminar Series

This event is part of a series of online events run by the Academic Network for Global Education & Learning. The series is aimed at Global Education professionals, as well as anyone with an interest in research in the fields of Development Education, Global Citizenship Education, Human Rights Education, Education for Sustainable Development, Education for Peace, and Intercultural Education.


Jan Van Ongevalle works as research manager at HIVA-KU Leuven where he leads the research group “Global Development”. He has more than 15 years of experience as a practitioner in the education sector in Africa, and 12 years as senior researcher and research manager on various global development issues. His research approach is practice and policy oriented and covers the following main research areas in the field of global development: global citizenship education, complexity oriented planning, monitoring and evaluation and actor focused theories of change, informal economy and decent work, civil society and the sustainable development goals.

Chair & Respondent

Liam Wegimont has been involved in education for social change, local and global, in formal and non-formal education, in a variety of roles, for over 30 years. Currently Executive Director of GENE – Global Education Network Europe – the European network Ministries and Agencies with national responsibility for Global Education in European countries. He is currently on secondment to GENE from the Irish Department of Education.
Liam co-founded GENE, and co-initiated ANGEL – the Academic Network on Global Education Learning. He is a member of the editorial Board of the International Journal of Development Education and Global Learning Institute of Education, UCL, London; and of Sinergias ED, CEAUP, Oporto; and has been visiting lecturer in teacher education and global learning at Fredrich-Alexander University, Erlangen-Nurnberg and Trinity College, Dublin. He also grows vegetables.

La Salete Coelho is pursuing a PhD at the Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain). She has a degree in History, with specialisation in education, a Master of Arts in History of Education, and a Master of Arts in Social Economy. Recently, she has received the title of Expert in Teachers’ Education and Educational Sciences, in the field of Global Citizenship Education. She has experience as an educator and consultant in Development Cooperation projects, in Portugal, Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau. Currently she is working on Development Education as a researcher and as an educator in several national and European projects, at the Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo and at the Centre for African Studies of the University of Oporto. She is a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Sinergias – educational dialogues for social change and of the ANGEL Advisory Board.

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