This document should be regarded as a guide for understanding and practicing global education, also as a pedagogical coaching tool to help establish global education approaches where they do not yet exist and enrich existing ones. Its content was set up taking into account in-field practices and references and cultural, geographic, social and economic realities.
It has been written on the premise that educational processes in formal and non-formal settings should open the path to a better understanding of an increasingly globalised world. It also raises important issues about the professional responsibilities of educators and teachers and the role of schools and different organisations and institutions in raising global awareness and knowledge on worldwide issues across the curriculum and in non-formal projects and activities.
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These Global Education Guidelines are the result of a need expressed by the North-South Centre network of global education practitioners – Global Education Week network – to have a common tool, built on experience gained by the network and partners, to help educators to understand and implement global education.
These guidelines are intended to: strengthen global education; build up on existing achievements in global education; assist practitioners in formal and non-formal education by introducing general elements which may be developed by them through their experience and according to the needs of their practice; help identify existing global education approaches and practices; assist educators to reflect on and become more aware of their own global education activities; increase global education practice sharing and create synergies between stakeholders; contribute to education policies at local, regional, national and international level. This should be done through: global education approach and content, related methods and evaluation criteria and sharing of existing practices, tools, resources and bibliography.
Global Education Guidelines are an initiative of the Global Education Programme of the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe, involving a team of practitioners from the North-South Centre Global Education Week Network who constituted the drafting team with the mandate of preparing a draft document for the Global Education Guidelines.