The focus of the DIALOG event on SDG 4.7 - Global Citizenship Education - was that education is seen as the engine of societal change. The SDG 4.7 aims to ensure that all learners gain the knowledge and skills to support sustainable development. The current (inter)national challenges make it necessary for people to be able to understand global issues and interdependencies and to reflect them sensitively.
Politics and society are called upon to strengthen the role of education in this regard. Education in this context must empower people to deal critically with global developments, to understand the complexity and variety of diverse perspectives, to think about what is fair and unfair, and to refelct how globalization phenomena relate to their everyday lives and to the scope of their own actions.
At the event, held on December 11 at the Press Club Concordia, education experts from academia, schools and extracurricular education underlined the need for global citizenship education. The school education is no longer the sole frame of reference in a globalized world. Global education is the prerequisite for promoting democracy. In Austria, there are numerous individual initiatives and activities, both in terms of the SDGs in terms of Global Citizenship Education. However, there are structural weaknesses and an inclusive overall strategy that would firmly anchor global education in the education system is missing.
More information also on the Homepage of the Kommission für Entwicklungsforschung (KEF).
The current Newsletter of the NorthSouthDialogue (12/2017) includes an analysis of SDG 4.7 "Global Citizenship Education", an article on civil society participation in Zambia and an overview of ODA (Official Development Assistance).
The recent electronic Newsletters of the AWEPA Section in the Austrian Parliament had the following topics (in German only):
>> EU-Afrika Beziehungen (NL Nr.68/2017)
>> Steuergerechtigkeit (NL Nr.67/2017)
>> Land und Landrechte (NL Nr.66/2017)
>> Gender und Bildung (NL Nr.65/2017)
The activities of the PNSD Jan-Jul 2017 in brief.
From 22nd to 27th October two members of the PR department of the Zambian National Assembly visited the Austrian Parliament to gain insights into concepts regarding political education and the opening of the parliament for its citizens.
In preparatin of the development of a new ICT Masterplan for the National Assembly of Zambia, the deputy head of the IT department, Mwango Sharpe, and her colleague, David Mulenga, visited e-fovernance institutions in Tallinn.