GCE Policy Brief
GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP EDUCATION: PROPOSALS FOR A COMMON STRATEGY
WeWorld has published the document Global Citizenship Education – Policy Brief as part of the European project MigratED in order to promote the legislative and institutional recognition of Global Citizenship Education – GCE.
The document analyses the state of the art of the Italian strategy for GCE, identifying good practices, main challenges and key players for its promotion and bringing forward solutions and proposals for local and national policymakers.
Global Citizenship Education in Italy
In Italy, thanks to the drafting of the Italian strategy for GCE approved in 2018, a specific and shared definition has been found, considering it as a “formative process called to foster awareness and critical understanding of the dynamics and processes of interdependence, based on aspects related to three main dimensions of learning: cognitive (critical understanding), socio-emotional (sense of belonging and solidarity), behavioral (action for change)”.
Such a synthesis was made possible thanks to the constitution of a multi-stakeholders table, which witnessed the gathering of ministries, local authorities, civil society organizations, universities, NGOs, as well as the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation and the National Youth Agency, who came together to join the discussion.
As part of the MigratED project, further opportunities for discussion and sharing are planned, from a multi-actor perspective, for the promotion of the GCE in Italy: the Policy Brief will be presented in a series of round tables with institutions and key players of the educational sector.
Proposals for the application of the Italian Strategy for GCE
As stated by Stefano Piziali, WeWorld’s Head of Advocay and Europan & Italian Programs, “In order for GCE Strategy to be effective, it is necessary to involve the entire educating community in formal, informal and awareness raising actions. For this to happen, a subject, able to provide cohesion to the various actions carried out by the numerous actors involved in GCE actions (MIUR, all levels schools, universities, private research centers, local bodies, civil society organizations of international cooperation, cultural and youth associations, etc.) is needed. The creation of an independent Observatory that supervises the application of the strategy and identifies good practices – continues Stefano Piziali – could already be a useful first step in the direction of identifying, one day, a deputy subject on behalf of the Ministry of Education to oversee public and private actions related to GCE.“
WeWorld document thus stresses the need to overcome the fragmentation of interventions by identifying a deputy subject; it also sets out a series of recommendations for each GCE’s area of interest.
- Formal education: the document suggests creating new educational models based on methodologies other than frontal teaching, as well a structured proposal for educational activities aimed at training teachers on Agenda 2030-related topics.
- Non-formal education: synergies shall be spurred and strengthened among educational institutions, non-profit and civil society organisations involved in the social sector, for inclusive and multicultural education and lifelong learning, even in adulthood.
- Awareness and information: educational activities addressed to citizens are recommended, in order to promote a critical analysis of the media and structured trainings for journalists and professionals of the communication sector, to promote correct information, free of prejudices and erroneous categorizations.
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MigratED is a Global Citizenship Education project promoted by WeWorld and co-financed by the Erasmus + program of the European Union, which aims at disseminating good educational practices on intercultural dialogue, migration and human rights, promoting a correct use of digital and multimedia tools in learning process. Through educational and advocacy actions, young people, the educating community and institutions are involved in an awareness campaign for promoting a sharing and welcoming culture in Italy, Portugal, Slovenia, Cyprus and Greece. For more information, visit www.migrated.eu