Global Citizenship Education

Global Citizenship Education (GCED) as a transformative, lifelong pursuit involves both curricular learning and practical experience to shape a mindset to care for humanity and the planet and to equip individuals with global competencies to undertake responsible actions aimed at forging more just, peaceful, secure, sustainable, tolerant and inclusive societies. It covers three conceptual dimensions or domains of learning: Knowledge (Cognitive), Socio-Emotional (Affective), and Behavioral (Psychomotor).

Global Citizenship Education is a Target 7 of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 4. Global Citizenship Education is a response to challenges like human rights violations, inequality, and poverty that still threaten peace and sustainability.

SDG Target 4.7 unlocks the transformative vision for education by recognizing the purpose and transformative potential of education to promote sustainable development and lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship, and appreciation of cultural diversity. Even though the various elements of SDG Target 4.7 may at first glance look different, they share a joint aim — transformation towards a more just, equal, and sustainable future. It aims to empower learners of all ages to assume active roles, both locally and globally, and build more peaceful, tolerant, inclusive, and secure societies.