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“Fostering transformative engagement through Global Citizenship Education in the Arab world” – UNIMED/UNESCO Beirut Online Event December 15-16, 2021

In the framework of the UNIMED-UNESCO Beirut collaboration, an online event on the topic “Fostering transformative engagement through Global Citizenship Education in the Arab world” is organised on December 15 and 16, 2021 from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM Beirut time in cooperation with Adyan Foundation.

This event is aimed at discussing about the ways to more effectively promote Global Citizenship Education (GCED) in the Arab region, and present success stories that can be replicated at school and university level to make the most of GCED.

Global Citizenship Education (GCED) is an educational approach that nurtures respect and solidarity in learners in order to build a sense of belonging to a common humanity and help them become responsible and active global citizens in building inclusive, peaceful and sustainable societies.

GCED is a life-long process and needs to be mainstreamed at all ages. Everybody can promote its values, through education, family, friends, the media and much more. This is done by developing learners’ knowledge about local and global facts, realities and issues, by developing soft skills such as empathy and appreciation of diversity, but also by providing learners with skills to be able to take concrete actions to act towards building more inclusive, peaceful and sustainable societies.

The meeting will be organised over two days: the first day will look at the transformative power of GCED at large, showing how students move towards meaningful engagement, with concrete examples; the second day will look into higher education more specifically, presenting the status of GCED integration in Arab universities and how higher education institutions can further promote GCED.

As regards the Arab region, research highlights that young people are strongly willing to identify themselves as Global Citizens, and believe that more GCED in needed. Although they perceive that they have some knowledge and understanding of local and global issues, and social justice, research also highlights that they need to be better supported in getting the means to fully recognise it and take actions to effectively promote GCED values.

Some UNIMED Network Universities from Algeria (University of Sétif 2) and from Lebanon (Lebanese International University) and the University of Bologna from Italy with the UNESCO Chair on Global Citizenship Education in Higher Education with the UNIMED Secretary General, prof. Hmaid Ben Aziza, will participate in the debate on the second day 16th December.

For further information, please see the programme available here in English here in French and here in Arabic.

Students, teachers, educators, education policy-makers, academia and any other interested person who is interests in actively taking part in the conversation and share his/her/their experience and insights are more than welcomed.

To participate in the event, registration in advance is required.

Please register at the following link.

The meeting will be conducted in Arabic, English and French. Simultaneous interpretation services in these three languages will be provided.

Stay tuned for further information!