In 1999 the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe has launched the first Global Education Week, promoting school activities in the member States with a specific focus on how to overcome poverty and social exclusion.
Since, and on the basis of the very positive feed-back from 1999, the North-South Centre invites the 47 member States of the Council of Europe to participate annually in the Global Education Week.
Global Education Week 2023, November 13-19. Motto: "Peace for the Planet : A Planet of Peace"
NGOs, schools, universities, state institutions, local and regional initiatives in Estonia, are invited to organise events and to particularly involve children and teenagers. You can either arrange your own project or participate in the activities from other organisers in the framework of the GEW.
The GEW will take place in many European countries.. The host of the Global Education Week at the European level is the North-South Centre (NSC) of the Council of Europe in Lisbon.
The Global Education Week encourages pupils and teachers as well as youth groups to explore educational activities for global citizenship. It is a matter of addressing issues of diversity and inequality at the local as well as at the global level with an understanding of the core issues of global citizenship:
∑ awareness of the wider world and of our own role as a world citizens;
∑ attitudes of respect for diversity and intercultural communication skills;
∑ ability to take action to make the world a more equitable and sustainable place;
∑ responsibility for our own actions.
The Global Education Week encourages young people, head teachers, teachers to implement a global education project in their schools, reflecting on how to address exclusion and inequality and discussing globalisation.