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23.10.2017 - UNESCO Office in Santiago

Towards a world without walls: regional network meeting for Latin America and the Caribbean on global citizenship education

October 23 and 24, Santiago de Chile

How can education foster respect for everyone, help build a sense of belonging to a common humanity and form responsible and active global citizens? With this imperative in mind, UNESCO and the Asia Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding (APCEIU), in conjunction with the Chilean Observatory of Educational Policy (OPECH), are holding the Regional Meeting for Latin America and the Caribbean of the Global Citizenship Education Network in Santiago de Chile.

The event takes place on October 23 and 24, 2017 in the Mercure Hotel in Santiago de Chile, where approximately 45 representatives from civil society organizations, academic and research institutes will participate, as well as regional authorities who work on related issues.

The main objective of this meeting, known as “Toward a world without walls: regional meeting for global citizenship education in SDG 4 - Agenda E2030,” is to deepen understanding of this subject and build upon the progress made in the first Regional Workshop: Orientation and Capacity Building on Global Citizenship for Latin America and the Caribbean, held in September 2015 in Santiago, Chile.

The discussions and working groups will serve as a point of reference for a future UNESCO publication synthesizing the contexts, challenges and strategies for the regional implementation of Global Citizenship Education.

At the meeting, progress will be made toward developing the concept of Global Citizenship Education (GCED) in Latin America and the Caribbean, building a network and defining its roles and responsibilities, and designing a 2017-2018 road map with clearly defined tasks for each member. The formation of the regional GCED network will help strengthen initiatives of organizations exploring possible synergies, and solidify region-wide action aimed at raising awareness.

This regional meeting is based on the Buenos Aires Declaration, approved in the Regional Meeting of Education Ministers of Latin America and the Caribbean, held on January 24-25, 2017 in the city of Buenos Aires. In article 14, ministers agreed to design and implement comprehensive programs on education for sustainable development (ESD) and global citizenship education (GCED). They declared that this educational vision is crucial for the acquisition of values and attitudes related to human rights, gender equality, and a culture of peace, non-violence and coexistence, and to empower people to be responsible global citizens and protagonists of this new agenda.

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