ACEI Advances Global Citizenship Education Movement During Global Education Events in Korea

On 5-6 September, ACEI’s Executive Director, Diane Whitehead, and Director of Global Schools First, Adrienne Henck, participated in two exciting global citizenship education (GCED) events in Seoul, Republic of Korea, including the 3rd International Conference on GCED: Platform on Pedagogy and Practice and the Technical Consultation Meeting on the GCED Network.

3rd International Conference on GCED: Platform on Pedagogy and Practice

At the 3rd International Conference on GCED: Platform on Pedagogy and Practice, approximately 500 policy makers, teachers, and experts from academia, international organizations, and NGOs gathered around the theme “GCED in Every Corner of the World: Local-Contextualization of GCED.” The plenary sessions featured esteemed speakers including former Secretary-General of the UN, Ban Ki-moon, and current Secretary of the Department of Education, Philippines, Leonor Briones. As an invited panelist for the session, “Policy talk: How to local-contextualize GCED,” Adrienne presented on how ACEI strategically uses knowledge creation, sharing, and dissemination to promote global citizenship education to its community. In the session she also facilitated a small group discussion on the challenges of knowledge sharing in diverse contexts around the world. The conference was co-organized by the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding (APCEIU), the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea, and in partnership with UNESCO.

Technical Consultation Meeting on the GCED Network

Diane and Adrienne were also invited to present during the Technical Consultation Meeting on the GCED Network. In an effort to harmonize efforts globally and regionally in building a network of institutions and organizations that promote GCED, the meeting aimed to review the achievements of past activities and envision priority areas and recommendations for the GCED Network moving forward. In attendance at this meeting was a select group of about 20 representatives from UNESCO Headquarters and Field Offices, NGOs, academic institutions, and other partner organizations demonstrating active engagement in the GCED Network.

The GCED Network was first formed at a previous meeting held in Seoul Nov. 2016 under the coordination of APCEIU in order to explore possible areas of collaboration for promoting GCED through the establishment of an international network of institutions and organizations. Adrienne represented ACEI at this meeting. ACEI was an inaugural member of the network and continues to be an active partner organization globally and as part of the North America and Europe Regional GCED Network. ACEI is also currently the lead organization for the GCED Network in the United States.

APCEIU is a UNESCO Category 2 Center, established by agreement between the Government of the Republic of Korea and UNESCO to foster education for international understanding and global citizenship education.