2nd Youth Leadership Workshop on GCED Kicks Off

The 2nd Youth Leadership Workshop on Global Citizenship Education (GCED) kicked off on 12 July 2016 in Busan, Republic of Korea. Organized by the United Nations Secretary-General’s Global Education First Initiative (UNSG-GEFI), in cooperation with the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding (UNESCO-APCEIU), the workshop will enable 45 youth leaders and activists from 38 countries to gain a better understanding of GCED, to enhance their leadership and advocacy skills as well as to network and share their diverse experiences.

These youth change makers, between the ages of 18 and 24 years, representing all regions of the world were selected from a field of over 2,000 applicants. Over the next 4 days, they will reflect on the interconnectedness of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the role of GCED in preparing young people to confront these global challenges facing humanity. Working both individually and in groups, the youth participants will also get the opportunity to identify the goals for promoting GCED at the local and national levels and to collaboratively develop advocacy plans and building on their experiences.

Immediately after the opening ceremony, attended by local dignitaries, the participants were immersed in presentations, discussions and group work to deepen their understanding of global citizenship education. In the following days of the workshop, they will explore the skills required to be effective leaders and global citizens while learning by doing to build advocacy strategies and plans. The youth participants will also get the chance to visit a series of local sites which embody the principles of global citizenship education.   

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