Global citizenship education


Global citizenship education (GCE) 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. GCE gives learners the competencies and opportunity to realise their rights and obligations to promote a better world and future for all.  More

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

  • policy dialogue in connection with the post-2015 education agenda  
  • providing technical guidance on GCE and promoting transformative pedagogies  
  • Clearing-house function. 

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