The recommendations below were developed by young people who participated in the AFS Youth Workshop that took place in Paris on 5 – 7 November 2014. Each workshop group focused on specific stakeholders and their relation to Global Citizenship Education. All four groups presented their recommendations at the AFS Youth Symposium which was held at UNESCO on the morning of 8 November 2014.
Working group 3: Global Citizenship Education & Educational Institutions
The following recommendations stem from in-depth reflections on the current challenges in the field of education experiences all over the world. Hence striving for more widespread GCE cannot be separated from the fight for education. Spreading access to education is thus at the core of the discussion while also being fundamental for mainstreaming GCE.
In order to address the numerous current challenges education is facing worldwide, we have to understand the complexity and interrelatedness of the different realities it is embedded in.
It goes without saying, that GCE entails embracing new methodologies, in order to reflect the diverse needs and learning styles of students. Doubtlessly, such holistic education expands beyond the classroom, and should actively engage communities and families. Theirs as well as teachers voices should be co-shaping the discourse on education leading to commitment for action. Everything considered, GCE and education in general can build a bridge from the local to the global.
1. In order to improve teachers’ motivation, they should be given space to express their needs, for example through data collection, allowing their needs to be heard and solutions to be reached, thus increasing the quality of education.
2. Considering the importance of the family environment in the development of the individual, we urge for a more active participation of families in the educational process, providing lifelong learning, for example by offering practical workshops and open lessons. These could contribute to reduce unequal access to education for children from different backgrounds. By providing an equal access to education we can help promote active and global citizenship.
3. We highly recommend including diverse, progressive and creative learning methodologies in the school structure in order to address diversity of students.
4. Global Citizenship Education must be a part of the school curriculum, and schools should engage in community projects, for example with learning groups based on students’ interests through which they can integrate theoretical contents to their realities. We also recommend the collaboration between schools from different parts of the world on specific local projects – working together to create change.
–> elementen die ook terugkomen in bevragingen van jongeren (unicef vb.) What do you think?! etc.
Misschien wordt het eens tijd om vanuit onderwijs & het beleid die aanbevelingen op te nemen.