Global Citizenship Education in Aotearoa

Global Citizenship Education (GCED) is one of the strategic areas of UNESCO’s Education Sector programme for the period 2014-2021.

The four short videos below, recorded at the GCED Ideas Exchange in October 2020, give a flavour of how people are putting ideas into practice. The four speakers traversed subjects such as: the arts in dealing with trauma, spirituality, prison education, mental health and innovation – highlighting that GCED takes many forms in different locations while reaching people of all ages. You can watch a recording of the entire Ideas Exchange conference further down this page.

UNESCO’s focus areas for GCED are:

  • global advocacy and policy dialogue
  • the global measurement of progress on GCED and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) (Target 4.7)
  • peace and human rights education
  • preventing violent extremism through education.

GCED aims to empower learners to assume active roles to face and resolve global challenges and to become proactive contributors to a more peaceful, tolerant, inclusive and secure world.

It helps learners critically look at complex and interconnected global challenges.

GCED is not only taught in classrooms, it also occurs in non-formal education setting such as community education or through NGOs. GCED is for learners of all ages – children, young people and adults alike.

Global Citizenship Education in the regions

Amazing GCED projects are happening all around Aotearoa! Click on our interactive map to find out what's going on. This is a space for sharing ideas and inspiring others so please email Gracielli Ghizzi-Hall if you'd like your GCED project to be on our map.

GCED innovators

Get inspired by others who are engaged in global citizenship education.

FAQs and Resources

Learn more about Global Citizenship Education (GCED) and download resources.



GCED Ideas Exchange October 2020

The Global Citizenship Education Ideas Exchange in October brought together a range of voices at the National Library in Wellington to share projects that have had a positive impact on their communities across Aotearoa New Zealand. The Ideas Exchange was chaired and introduced by Dr Carol Mutch, Education Commissioner of the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO. The video below is a recording of all the presentations (50 minutes). You can also watch four short interviews with the key speakers at the top of this page.

Global Citizenship Education panel August 2019

A panel discussion on Global Citizenship Education was held at the National Library in Wellington in August 2019. Opened by Hon Jenny Salesa, Associate Minister of Education, the event featured the perspectives of five well-respected academics and thinkers. Each was commissioned to write a paper discussing GCED from their own unique position, ideas and experiences. Perspectives range from Māori, Pasifika, academic and education to youth. All explore GCED from a New Zealand context, and consider approaches to GCED that may contribute to addressing the world’s pressing issues. In the videos below left, each speaker gives a brief outline of their presentation, with their full speech in the video to the right.

Global Citizenship Education Awards 2018

The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO made its inaugural Awards in Global Citizenship Education in April 2018. Intended as a biennial award scheme, the opportunity to submit applications in 2020 was disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic and the GCED Ideas Exchange was held instead (see above).