Thursday, 23 May, 2019 - 17:30

DERC Seminar: Integrating Buddhist/Soka perspectives into Global Citizenship Education.

ANGEL members and others would very welcome at this seminar, which is run by ANGEL project partners DERC as part of a seminar series.

This seminar will see Dr. Namrata Sharma, from the State University of New York, discuss "Integrating Buddhist / Soka Perspectives within the UNESCO-led Discourse and Practice of Global Citizenship Education".

"The UNESCO initiative of global citizenship education is gaining popularity worldwide. At the same time there is a dearth of literature that explores values-based perspectives that can contribute to the intercultural dimension of global citizenship education.

Reflecting on key outcomes from her long-term research and publications, Dr. Sharma shares the example of soka (lit. value-creation) as a concept and a rapidly growing movement of Buddhists who have endorsed several UN initiatives. Through her work Dr. Sharma argues the importance of paying attention to different philosophical understandings and values-based perspectives that can bring forth diverse and creative solutions to global issues. Doing this can also propel people and communities to take part in local, national, regional, and global solutions as engaged citizenry whose values inform their action for positive personal, social and environmental transformation."

Live streaming

Please note that this event will be live streamed on youtube. You can access the stream here.

Suggested audience: Academics, students, civil societies, and also faith-based organizations who are working in the field of global citizenship and sustainable development. 

About the Speaker: Dr. Namrata Sharma is an adjunct professor at the State University of New York and an academic advisor with AlphaPlus consultancy, UK. Her research areas include global citizenship, international and comparative education. She is the author of Value-creating global citizenship education: Engaging Gandhi, Makiguchi, and Ikeda as examples (Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).


This event is free and open to everyone, but we ask you to register so we can gauge numbers and get an idea of our audience.

ANGEL Network,
Development Education Research Centre (DERC)
UCL Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way
London WC1H 0AL

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