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30 March 2020

Activity Details (ID# 33457)  

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Title Regional Seminar on Global Education: “National identity in the context of Global Citizenship” Central and South Eastern Europe and the EU Mediterranean countries 
Description The regional seminar on global education: “National Identity in the Context of Global Citizenship” is a follow up to the series of national seminars that have taken place in the last two years in the new EU member states, in the framework of the Joint Management Agreement signed by the European Commission/DGDEVCO and the North-South Centre designed to promote global education in the new EU member states. In particular, this meeting aims at the new EU member states in the Central and South East European region, such as Bulgaria, Romania and Slovenia as well as the new EU Mediterranean member states Cyprus and Malta. Serbia and Montenegro are invited as members of the North-South Centre. 
Status Completed 
Date 17/10/2011 - 18/10/2011 
Location Ljubljana, Slovenia
Countries Regions: South-East Europe
Contributors Slovenia - Hosting
  Joint Programme Activity - NS Centre - GlobEduc
Joint Programme EC/CoE
JP NS Centre - GlobEduc - Joint Management Agreement for global/development education and raising public awareness in Europe and beyond    (Logframe)  (Activities)
Project Purpose 1 - 2009/DG4/JP/2404   Strengthening global education policies in the new EU member states
Expected Result 1.3 - Promotion and encouragement of global/development education practices through shared learning.
Council of Europe Programme of Activities
I – Democracy
Line of Action ⇒ III.3 – Promoting Democratic Governance and Stability
Programme ☆ III.3.5  North-South Centre

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Directorate (Service) Education, Culture and Heritage, Youth and Sport (North South Centre - Lisbon)
CoE Contact ,   email
Partners SLOGA - Other
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1 http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/nscentre/Resources/Publications/SLOGA_publikacija_National_Identity_splet.pdf  
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Activity Synopsis (ID# 33457) (Hide Synopsis)

Objective(s) 1 | to exchange ideas and
practices in the field of
global education and global
citizenship throughout
the region
2 | to facilitate networking and
interaction between diverse
stakeholders throughout
the region
3 | to discuss synergy potentials
and provide opportunity
to develop future
4 | to raise awareness on the
importance of including
global education in the
educational sector and to
challenge prevailing ideas
on the concept of citizenship
and national identity
5 | to involve a larger diversity
of stakeholders into
the debate on global education 
Output/Results The participants of the conference have taken
quite a critical approach towards the concept
of global citizenship. Trying to define it is a very
difficult task since the concept itself is very
elusive. What defines somebody as a global
citizen? By defining who a global citizen is we
also define those that are not global citizens.
Many have questioned the self-assumed inclusiveness
of the term and emphasized its exclusivity:
global citizenship creates insiders and
outsiders. One of the ways of exclusion is, for
example, exclusion on the basis of the way we
think. Are we global citizens if we don’t think
“globally”? And what does it mean to think globally?
Furthermore, global citizenship assumes
universal ethics – but such ethics does not exist.
Some participants recommended that the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights could
be that base, although others have rejected
the universality of the declaration (see above).
Very critical questions have been raised on the
use of the concept of global citizenship. Some
also questioned its usefulness in the context
of global education, mainly its aspect of action
and engagement. Does the concept of global
citizenship have potential to engage people in
This is of particular importance when looking
at the current movements across the world
(occupy movements). Are protesters global
citizens? Has the idea of global citizenship engaged
them in protests? In this spirit the participants
of the conference tackled the question of
the relation between global education, global
citizenship and activism. Many agreed that
on the one hand, current occupy movements
have shown that action starts at the local level
with ‘local’ concerns and problems. Although
the movements were global in the sense that
they took place in various countries and that
they fight ‘global financial systems,’ they are
in their essence local, fighting globally but on a
local scale. On the other hand, global education
can provide a mechanism to search for the way
forward; a tool for interpretation of the past
and present as well as analytical frame for the
future path.
Some participants emphasized the importance
of the so called “voices of the East” in the field
of global education. It should be emphasized
that the main point was not another categorization,
division and homogenization of different
entities (voices of the West vs. voices of
the East) but looking at diverse traditions and
approaches to the idea of global education.
While many old colonial powers of the “West”
approach global education from the development
perspective, many countries from Central
and Eastern Europe approach it from the educational
perspective. This implies that development
discourse in global education is less present
in the countries with no colonial past. The
emphasis is less on development and more on
the global which has great potential for overriding
development divisions of the North/South,
developing/developed. Due to scepticism towards
“Western solutions” (coming out of experience
of transition), development discourse
is critically approached and analysed.
The organizers of the event (SLOGA) have decided
to take the observations to a higher
policy level and are now participating in the
core workgroup for the upcoming Global Education
Conference that will take place in Lisbon
in 2012 – 10 years after the Maastricht declaration
on GE. We believe it is important that the
voices from this event are also echoed in the
new European declaration on global education
that will be the result of the upcoming event. As
the drafting of the declaration will take stock
also of the reports of the national and regional
conferences hosted by NSC, we hope that this
report will contribute to making some of the
discussion that took place in Jable castle also
part of the Maastricht + 10 declaration. 
Conclusions/Follow Up The follow-up of this conference will be partly the Pan-European Congress on Global Education 2012 (Lisbon), but also the preparatory phase leading up to that same congress. The preparatory phase will concist of an assessment of the 12 national and 3 regional seminars on Global Education held between 2009-2011 as well as the progress done since the Maastricht Congress 2002. 
Participants Target groups were the new EU member states in the SEE-Med region, as well as the other Balkan states, based on the quadrilogue approach. 
Andreaa-Loredana Tudorache FOND, Global Education Working Group, Bucharest
Andreas Schulze
Audrey Osler Education University of Leeds, Leeds
Cinzia Greco Centre for Research and Activity, Rome
Jernej Pikalo Faculty of Social Sciences, Ljubljana
Katarzyna Jasikowska Jagiellonan University, Institute of Sociology, Krakow
Mathias Fiedler IDEA, Dublin
Mojca Pajnik Peace Institute, Ljubljana
Nigel Dower University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen
Nina Vodopivec Institute for Contemporary History, Ljubljana
Rumen Valchev UNESCO Chair on Human Rights and Culture of Peace Bourgas Free University, Bourgas
Simona Muršec
Vanessa Andreotti University of Oulu, Oulu 
CoE Secretariat Denis Huber, Executive Director 
Total No. Participants 77 
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