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.
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.
Get inspired by others who are engaged in global citizenship education.
Sustainable Development Goals
Civics and citizenship
FAQs and Resources
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