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Global Citizenship Education for a Culture of Peace and Sustainable Future

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‘Learning to Live Together (LTLT)’ is an on-going UNESCO-supported educational framework in which citizenship education in the 21st century can comfortably anchor itself. LTLT advocates pedagogical practices and learning materials fostering tolerance, social cohesion, intercultural understanding, sustainable development, facilitating peace, non-discrimination, and dialogue among people – all the key elements that citizenship education should nurture in the young. As stated in the Delors Report (Delors et al., 1996), in an increasingly globalized and interdependent world of the twenty-first century, ‘Learning to Live Together’ becomes the most essential pillar of education.

Two of the key global education initiatives led by UNESCO in view of ‘Learning to Live Together’ are EIU (Education for International Understanding) and ESD (Education for Sustainable Development). In efforts to enrich global citizenship education in the sub-region through the promotion of the values that LTLT advocates, UNESCO Bangkok through the Asia-Pacific Programme of Education Innovation for Development (APEID) and the Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding (APCEIU) will bring together their expertise on EIU and ESD and hold a sub-regional workshop on how to reorient teacher education to strengthen school-based initiatives that promote global citizenship education in view of LTLT. Funded by Korea’s voluntary contribution to UNESCO, and hosted by Universiti Sains Malaysia, this Workshop will be held in Penang, Malaysia on 22-25 November 2010 with 50 participating teachers and teacher educators from five Southeast Asian countries, namely, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines and Brunei Darussalam.

Carried out under the rubric of “Learning to Live Together,” this Workshop was in particular the continuation of the efforts that UNESCO Bangkok and APCEIU have been exerting to facilitate the UNESCO Member States in Asia and the Pacific to actively promote and incorporate Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and Education for International Understanding (EIU) in their teacher education. Worth mentioning among many programmes are “ESD-Net: Reorienting Teacher Education to Address Sustainability” by UNESCO Bangkok, “Asia-Pacific Training Workshop on EIU”, and “Sub-regional Workshop on EIU” by APCEIU. Drawn from these experiences, UNESCO Bangkok and APCEIU identified the school-based initiatives to be one of the key driving forces for the promotion of ESD and EIU on the ground. There is also an urgent need to facilitate both dialogue and collaborative network between teacher education institutions and schools for more effective and grounded promotion and implementation of LTLT in schools

In this light, the objective of the Workshop was to identify potential areas and strategies with regard to teacher training and curriculum development that promote school-based initiatives on global citizenship education in line with LTLT in the participating countries. It also intends to facilitate collaborative efforts among teachers and teacher educators of this sub-region in capacity-building and innovation of their teacher education in view of promoting LTLT at school-level, by sharing good practices, lessons-learned, and useful educational materials and resources and by encouraging feasible action plans and sustainable networks for collaboration.

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Opening Ceremony and Orientation

 

Cross-cutting Themes

 

Approaches and Methods

 

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Exploring Further on Specific Issue Areas 


Individual/Group Work on Action Plans