Global Citizenship Education

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Global citizenship education (GCED) is one of the strategic areas of work for UNESCO’s Education Programme (2014-2017) and one of the three priorities of the UN Secretary-General’s Global Education First Initiative (GEFI) launched in September 2012.

Global Citizenship Education equips learners of all ages with those values, knowledge and skills that are based on and instil respect for human rights, social justice, diversity, gender equality and environmental sustainability and that empower learners to be responsible global citizens. GCED gives learners the competencies and opportunity to realise their rights and obligations to promote a better world and future for all. 

UNESCO’s work on GCED is guided by a three-pronged approach:

  • policy dialogue in connection with the post-2015 education agenda
  • providing technical guidance on GCED and promoting transformative pedagogies
  • Clearinghouse function
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