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Global Citizenship Education

Global Citizenship Education is based on the assumption that people today experience the learning process in a global context and, even if in an unequal way, interact on a planetary level. In a world that is increasingly interdependent, the GCE promotes a sense of belonging to the global community, an idea of ​​common humanity shared among people that also involves the biosphere and the natural environment. The GCE involves the need to broaden educational horizons to identify human identity and its belonging to planet earth. From this emerges the need to think of citizenship as a concept connected with ecology, based on a new environmental ethics.

The GCE intends to offer each inhabitant of the planet the opportunity to know and understand, in the course of his life, the problems related to global development and to express their significance at a local and personal level, as well as to exercise their rights and their own responsibility as a citizen of an interdependent and constantly evolving world, also contributing to its progress towards greater justice and sustainability.



The GCE aims to build and disseminate global skills that emerge from different approaches relating to human rights, intercultural relations, development education (international development, economic growth, poverty reduction, environmental sustainability); emphasizing the political, economic, social and cultural interdependence and the interconnection between the local, national and global levels.


The objectives of the GCE are related to:

  •  invite people to think of themselves as global citizens;

  • promoting mutual understanding between individuals and cultures and introducing conflict resolution models;

  • promote a set of common principles based on the recognition of human rights;

  • promote active participation at all levels: local, regional, state, provincial, national and global.

These objectives refer to an idea of ​​participation linked to the concept of active citizenship, underlining the importance of making citizens responsible for their transformative capacities at an environmental, political and social level.

The related themes can be summarized in four main areas:

  • human rights (children's rights, gender rights and self-determination rights of peoples and peoples)

  • environment (sustainability, production and consumption patterns, climate change, biodiversity)

  • social and economic justice (poverty, health and well-being, inequality and discrimination, migration), interculture (identity, cultural diversity, indigenous and traditional knowledge systems, peace)

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