Global education is defined as education that opens people's eyes and minds to the realities of the world, and awakens them to bring about a world of greater justice, equity and human rights for all. (The Maastricht Global Education Declaration 2002).
Global education is concerned about global issues. It presents development as a shared responsibility between development actors around the world. Global education is about working in solidarity with people that are most affected by global poverty and injustices. Solidarity is about understanding one's own world and being critical about how that world influences on and contributes to issues of global justice.
The development challenges of the 21st century go beyond the traditional economic and geographical boundaries between the North and the South. The problems that we are facing today are global problems, such as climate change, persistent existence of poverty, violation of human rights and inequality in the world. Poor and rich people can be found in the so called "developed world" as well as in the "developing world".
Global education is about first looking at the mirror, reflecting one's own motives, attitudes and behaviour and only after that acting for global justice from a more conscious position. Global education has a political nature. It encourages citizens to demand and act for a world of greater justice. It aims to bring to light and mitigate the structures that produce and strengthen global injustices and unsustainable livelihoods.
Aims of Global Education:
- To develop citizens awareness, promote self-reflection and critical understanding of the interdependent world and of their role, responsibilities and lifestyles in relation to a globalized world.
- To support their active engagement in local and global attempts to eradicate poverty and promote justice, human rights and sustainable ways of living.
- To change local, national and global structures that sustain global inequalities and unsustainable lifestyles.
Wide range of actors and methods
Global Education belongs to all age groups and citizens. The methods of Global Education vary from advocacy campaigns to school visits, from culture projects to e-learning events. It is conducted for people from all ages and backrounds: schools, workplaces, free time activities and culture life.
There are hundreds of NGOs and citizens groups who act for global citizenship and justice in Finland. If you are interested to learn more about the state of global education in Finland, you can read the Peer Review of Finnish Global education on the website of Global Education Network Europe.
Globaalikasvatus.fi website contains a material bank with examples of hundreds of Global Education materials and methods. The materials are mostly in Finnish and can be found in the Vinkit section (link).
Kepa serves global education organizations
Kepa coordinates a global education network comprising over 150 organizations. Kepa bolsters organizations’ operational requisites by offering organizations training and interest supervision. It also encourages the cooperation of organizations and other actors working in the field of global education.
In Kepa global education is understood widely as an activity guiding people’s joint responsibility worldwide. The topics of global education include:
- Human rights and equality education
- Development education
- Cultural education
- Peace and security education
- Communications and media education
- Environmental education
In its own areas of work Kepa focuses on global education, the aim of which is to increase people’s understanding of the circumstances of the Global South and the structures of poverty. Kepa conducts development education by arranging and supporting the arrangement of events, producing publications and coordinating the ETVO southern volunteer programme.
Elimäenkatu 25-27 (5th floor), 00510 Helsinki, Finland globaalikasvatuskepa [dot] fi
Global Education Adviser
Phone: +358 50 317 6697
sanna [dot] rekolakepa [dot] fi