Background of Global Learning

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Global education is a creative approach of bringing about change in our society. Global education is an active learning process based on the universal values of tolerance, solidarity, equality, justice, inclusion, co-operation and non-violence. Global education begins with raising awareness of global challenges such as poverty or the inequailites caused by the uneven distribution of resources, environmental degradation, violent conflicts or human rights, thus creating deeper understanding of the complexity of the underlying causes. It aims to change people‘s attitudes by them reflecting on their own roles in the world. Global education motivates and empowers people to become active, responsible global citizens.


Global education addresses topics such as:

  • global justice
  • human rights
  • sustainability
  • peace
  • intercultural communication


Global education applies methodological approaches that are:

  • learner-centred
  • participatory
  • partnership-based: the educator is not a teacher who transmits knowledge or skills, but is a learner as well it addresses, in the learning process, reflection (head), emotions (heart) and activity (hand)
  • experience-based
  • activating
  • empowering


Global education is based on values of:

  • tolerance,
  • solidarity, *fairness and justice,
  • empathy,
  • equality,
  • responsibility,
  • co-operation,
  • non-violence,
  • inclusion,
  • diversity

Global education is a process, which begins with raising awareness of certain problems, then creates a deeper understanding of the complex underlying issues, encourages people to reflect on their own role in the problem, and therefore change their attitudes and behaviour. It motivates and empowers people to become active in a responsible way.


  • Global Education Network of Young Europeans Online
  • Global Education Guidelines. A Handbook for educators to understand and implement global education

The Everyday Beyond


This text was published in the handbook: The Everyday Beyond. European, international and global dimensions of learning processes:



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Global Education Guidelines

A Handbook for Educators to understand and implement global education. By the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe