Exploring the links: Development cooperation & global citizenship education
Is the historical relationship between the development cooperation sector and global citizenship education still relevant today?
On 3-4 November, ministers of Education, Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation met together with over 300 other participants, including representatives of youth organisations, civil society, local and regional governments, academia, international organisations and friends and colleagues from around the globe, for the European Congress on Global Education to 2050.
The Congress, which was held in Dublin Castle, Ireland, was hosted by the Government of Ireland, co-chaired by the Government of Luxembourg and convened by ANGEL partner organisation Global Education Network Europe (GENE).
The first day included inspiring panels and focused parallel sessions, while the second day saw a dialogue between key stakeholders and a high-level ministerial segment to adopt the new Declaration.
GENE, in their press release, state:
The scale and complexity of the problems we face as a species have come to threaten our very existence; problems like climate change, inequality, injustice, poverty and war. The need for global solidarity and social justice in tackling these major global challenges that face all of us, has never been more pressing. Now more than ever, we need more and better Global Education to inform, reflect, empower and inspire action.
Key elements in the new declaration will be further debated in order to forge ways to translate words into action and to ensure that the strong political support for the declaration is harnessed to its maximum potential.
The adoption of the Declaration on Global Education to 2050 by European countries is an important step toward creating a future where all people in Europe – in solidarity with peoples globally – have access to quality Global Education, necessary to engage with the most important challenges facing humanity.
ANGEL Chair and Professor of Development Education Doug Bourn commented:
The Academic Network on Global Education and Learning calls on its members to take the time to engage with the new Declaration, and to capitalise on the increased visibility that the Congress has granted to those working in Global Education and Learning at all levels.
Massimiliano Tarozzi, ANGEL's coordinator, says:
For the agenda of the event and other information, please see the GENE website