2013: Education for ‘Global Citizenship’

  • Title: 2013: Education for ‘Global Citizenship’: a Framework for Discussion
  • Author: Sobhi Tawil, UNESCO
  • Description: The notion of ‘global citizenship’ has recently gained prominence in international development discourse with the recently-adopted united nations secretary-general’s global education first initiative (2012). among the three priority areas outlined in this global initiative, the third aims to ‘foster global citizenship’. education must fully assume its central role in helping people to forge more just, peaceful, tolerant and inclusive societies. it must give people the understanding, skills and values they need to cooperate in resolving the interconnected challenges of the 21st century.2 the notion of ‘global citizenship’, however, remains very broad, if not contested, and consequently difficult to operationalize in education. there are two possible reasons for this. firstly, it is unclear whether the very notion of ‘global citizenship’ is a metaphor, a contradiction of terms, or an oxymoron (davies, 2006). what does ‘global citizenship’ possibly imply both from a legal perspective, as well as from that of collective identity, sense of belonging, and civic engagement? secondly, when applied to education, the notion of ‘global citizenship’ implies a certain degree of confusion. is ‘global citizenship education’ (or ‘education for global citizenship’) merely an expression of a fundamental purpose of education systems? does it also refer to a broad area 1 a slightly adapted version of this paper has been published in french in the Revue Internationale d’Education de Sèvres. 2 http://www.globaleducationfirst.org/files/gefi_brochure_eng.pdf 2 Education REsEaRch and FoREsight • woRking papERs of teaching and learning? if so, what are the contours of this domain? how does it relate to other often overlapping areas of learning associated with civic and political socialization?
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