What do you value in life? Where do you see your place in the world? What does it mean to be a global citizen?
These three questions were at the core of what was explored at the 'Step up to the World: Tū māia ki te ao' forum on Global Citizenship Education.
Held over three days in mid-September in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, the event was hosted by the Centres of Asia-Pacific Excellence.
The forum stimulated discussion and connection, with a line-up of influential speakers including the Hon Nanaia Mahuta and Chlöe Swarbrick MP, as well as rousing panel discussions, and engaging workshops.
UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leader Kauri Tearaura, who facilitated a workshop at the forum, reflects on his experience:
“On the final day, I had the privilege of facilitating a workshop alongside Councilor Sophie Handford of Kāpiti Coast District Council.”
“Sophie and I were interested in the perspectives of the young people who were present. We concluded that young people are not receiving a clear and consistent definition of global citizenship as a concept, and unless we can decide as a collective on what it means as an Aotearoa New Zealander, little will progress,” said Kauri.
“In all, the forum emphasised the need for young people to be at the center of discussions about the future. If we are to eventually lead the world, why should we not have the opportunity to decide the kind of world we are going to lead?” concluded Kauri.