About GCED (Global Citizenship Education)

Global citizenship refers to a sense of belonging to a broader community and common humanity. It emphasises political, economic, social and cultural interdependency and interconnectedness between the local, the national and the global.

Core Conceptual Dimensions of GCED
Cognitive
• Learners acquire knowledge and understanding of local, national and global issues and the interconnectedness and interdependency of different countries and populations
• Learners develop skills for critical thinking and analysis
Socio-emotional
• Learners experience a sense of belonging to a common humanity, sharing values and responsibilities, based on human rights
• Learners develop attitudes of empathy, solidarity and respect for differences and diversity
Behavioural
• Learners act effectively and responsibly at local, national and global levels for a more peaceful and sustainable world
• Learners develop motivation and willingness to take necessary actions

Global citizenship education aims to be transformative, building the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes that learners need to be able to contribute to a more inclusive, just and peaceful world. Global citizenship education takes a multifaceted approach, employing concepts and methodologies already applied in other areas, including human rights education, peace education, education for sustainable development and education for international understanding and aims to advance their common objectives. Global citizenship education applies a lifelong learning perspective, beginning from early childhood and continuing through all levels of education and into adulthood, requiring both formal and informal approaches, curricular and extracurricular interventions, and conventional and unconventional pathways to participation.

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