Global Citizenship Education

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

UNESCO’s focus areas 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.

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