3rd Youth Leadership Workshop on GCED

The 3rd Global Citizenship workshop brought together young people across the world, from 28 May to 3 June 2017, to build their capacity on Global citizenship. The five-day workshop organized by the Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding (APCEIU), aimed to contribute to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically Target 4.7, to foster global citizenship through education. While enabling participants to deepen their understanding of GCED, the workshop allowed the young leaders to play a major role and become part of a wider network of youth leaders for GCED.

GCED aims to be transformative, equipping learners of all ages with the values, knowledge and skills that reflect and instill respect for human rights, social justice, diversity, gender equality and environmental sustainability; and that empower learners to be responsible global citizens. GCED gives learners the competences and opportunities to realize their rights and obligations to promote a more inclusive, just and peaceful world.

The discussion on GCED centered around 6 key themes, narrative building, developing youth advocacy, reflection and synthesis, the Jeju Forum for Peace and Prosperity, Cultural exchanges and study visits.

Narrative Building
This session explored the role of young people in the Global Citizenship Education (GCED) in the context of Education 2030 and the UN SDGs and the SDG 4.7. This session also discussed highlighted the key concepts of the SDG with the culture of Peace at the Centre, as well as an opportunity to internalize the concepts of GCED. At this session, participants had the opportunity to share their experiences on GCED. , participants will have opportunities to discuss the priority issues and challenges and identify the relevant entry points in their local contexts. In discussing Youth in the context of GCED this activity used a diagram of the human body to illustrate the characteristics and strength of youths in promoting the SDGs.

Developing Youth Advocacy
At this session, participants were exposed to the GCED advocacy. This tool kit explored the use of social media, stakeholder analysis as well as the tools and challenges in advocacy. Using interactive sessions and group work each group analyzed issues particular to their area of interest, region and proposed advocacy strategies. During this session, we discussed the challenges of advocacy and re-evaluated our community and stakeholder engagement strategy in local contexts. Presentation. Participants also discussed the GCED themes, peace and conflict, human rights, leadership and development, gender equality, cross cultural understanding and environmental sustainability.

This followed action plans by each group on specific topics:
1) Human Rights – Sexual Human Trafficking,
2) Leadership Development – Social Entrepreneurship,
3) Peace & Conflict – Act for Tolerance,
4) Cross-Cultural Understanding – Dialogue for Peace
5) Environmental Sustainability – Design a Sustainable Future with Comunidade da Mare
6) Gender Equality – Sanitary Pad, Right for Every Girl.

Reflection & Synthesis
At the end of each day we had the opportunity to reflect on the day’s activity. This session helped us to draw learning points and outcomes from the sessions and share our thoughts on how the session can be more effective as well as our level of participation in the sessions.

Jeju Forum for Peace and Prosperity
Under the theme of “Sharing a Common Vision for Asia’s Future,” we attended the Jeju Forum for Peace and Prosperity exploring diverse opportunities through sessions on Peace and Sustainable Development as well as networking events with relevant organizations. We joined the session to share our experience as well as our diverse insight on GCED

Cultural Exchanges
During the cultural night /exchange, we had the opportunity to display our diverse culture in form of food, culture, dance and stories. This gave us a platform to learn about and appreciate each other’s country, and culture. As part of the cultural exchange was the tour of cultural sites in Jeju, to deepen our understanding of Jeju and the diverse culture. During the workshop, participants will explore Jeju, visiting some of its cultural heritage sites to deepen their understanding on cultural diversity.
Study Visits
As part of the study visit, I visited the Global Inner Peace (GIP) a social enterprise in Jeju that works to promote global peace and prosperity through education. We explored the issues of inner peace and the use of advocacy tools in community activity using the GIP as a case study. At the end of the study visits, we visited the Ttarabi Oreum. Oreums are small volcanic cones. The Ttarabi Oreum is one of the most beautiful on the island
Outcome

At the end of the workshop, we had developed a more in-depth understanding of GCED with the capacity to implement at community level for impact

Recommendation
The workshop participation can be extended to include more participants
Regional workshops can be organized in Africa

As reported by Ononuju Silver Okwaraogoma who represented the Pan-African Youth Network for a Culture of Peace (PAYNCoP)