APCEIU 안과밖2017.06.16 10:56

The 3rd Youth Leadership Workshop on GCED was held from 28 May to 3 June 2017 in Jeju, Republic of Korea. During this workshop, 50 youth leaders/activists from 42 countries participated in various forms of programmes, including plenary sessions on GCED, workshops for Youth Advocacy and study visits to understand GCED local initiative.

Facilitated by APCEIU and core members of GCED Youth Network, this workshop was a forum for participants to actively share and engage with each other based on their local youth activities. Starting with the sessions on Introduction of GCEDby Director CHUNG Utak and Office of Education and Training, various workshops under the main theme of Deepening the Understanding of GCED Advocacywere held. 

For the session of Youth Inspirational Speakers on GCEDby GCED Youth Network, youth leaders took part in various interactive exercises to understand GCED through sharing their own GCED activities and ultimately respect the difference of each other through GCED. Following this, participants had a session to ponder over the advocacy in GCED and its implementation strategies during the group activities. As a part of the session, GCED Advocacy, which was led by the GCED Youth Network introduced Youth Advocacy Toolkit and internalised advocacy strategies to efficiently implement GCED as a youth leader. 

In order to explore the local initiatives and develop a strategic planning for GCED, the youth activists participated in study visits to two different places in Jeju. Participants chose one of the options to experience and deepen their understandings of local initiatives on GCED based on the following themes: 
1) Understanding GCED Local Initiatives- Global Inner Peace, A Civil Society Organization on Global Issues; 2) Creative Ways for the Sustainable Future- Jaejudo Joa, A Cultural Group for Sustainable Marine Ecosystem through Beachcombing.

By exploring GCED in local settings, the youth leaders had a priceless opportunity to relate their own experience with the different areas of Jeju to find methods to implement GCED in their home countries and share their activities on social media. After the study visit, participants gathered at Ttarabi Oreum and participated in the Peace Campaign by writing peace messages and flying kites.

On June 1, the participants in six groups presented their outcomes to promote GCED by different thematic issues followed by action plans on specific topics: 

1) Human Rights - Sexual Human Trafficking, 2) Leadership Development - Social Entrepreneurship, 3) Peace & Conflict - Act for Tolerance, 4) Cross-Cultural Understanding - Dialogue for Peace 5) Environmental Sustainability - Design a Sustainable Future with Comunidade da Mare 6) Gender Equality - Sanitary Pad, Right for Every Girl. 

Each group gave a speech on the above topics, composed of the background, target group, plans/timeline, method, evaluation/monitoring and organisational approach. To find the solutions to each issue, youth leaders had discussions to share their ideas and come up with group outcomes which are to be implemented and reproduced after the workshop as follow-up activities.

On the last day, the youth activists participated in a session on The Role of Youth and Culture in Shaping a Peaceful and Sustainable Futurein Jeju Forum for Peace and Prosperity. In this session organised by APCEIU and Jeju Special Self-Governing Province, two of the Workshop participants shared their youth and culture activities representing youth leaders across the globe as panelists. Her Excellency Puan Maharani, Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture of Indonesia, His Excellency Hamat Bah, Minister for Tourism and Culture of The Gambia, Mr. Eduardo Mendez, Executive Director of Simon Bolivar Music Foundation in Venezuela and Mr. Daniel Lindemann, TV personality in Korea from Germany Culture also joined the session as panelists. 

At the closing ceremony, Director Gwangjo KIM from UNESCO Bangkok commented that It is important to take actions as global leaders and bring the issues forward to implement GCED in your own community.Director CHUNG concluded this workshop by saying that It is surely expected that the outcome of workshop will be implemented in your programmes of diverse regions and APCEIU will continuously support youth activities through GCED Youth Network.


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APCEIU 안과밖2016.07.18 10:16

The 2nd Youth Leadership Workshop on GCED kicked off on 12 July and will last until 16 July 2016 . APCEIU co-organized the 2nd Youth Leadership Workshop on Global Citizenship Education (GCED) with the UN Secretary General’s Global Education First Initiative (GEFI) at the Busan University of Foreign Studies in Busan, Republic of Korea. For this event, Busan University of Foreign Studies(BUFS) and Geumjeong District of Busan Metropolitan City will be working as cooperation partners.

The workshop aims to build the capacity of dynamic young leaders and facilitate international exchange among participants from 5 regions (North America-Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa, Latin America, Middle East and North-Africa) to lead and advocate for GCED.

A total of 49 youth leaders from 38 countries are attending the workshop, selected on the basis of their current engagement and future commitment in educating youth at the local and national levels around GCED.

Members of the Youth Advocacy Group of the UN Secretary General, previous GCED Youth workshop participants in different regions of the world and APCEIU staff are leading the workshop as the five main facilitators for discussion to construct GCED Youth network.



In the opening ceremony, Dr.Utak CHUNG, Director of APCEIU, gave opening remarks to participants. Following his words, Ms. Min-Jeong KIM, head of secretariat of GEFI and Dr. Jeong-Bae LEE, vice president of BUFS also gave welcoming remarks. The congratulatory remarks were delivered by Mr. Jeong-hee WON, mayor of Geumjeong District.

Dr. Utak CHUNG emphasized the importance of the GCED Youth network to amplify the voice of youth. He stated in his opening remark, “This (GCED Youth) network will become an invaluable resource of advancing the GCED agenda beyond 2015, in a way that resonates with the voice of youth and their needs.” He asked participants’ to actively engage with all components of the workshop, saying he truly hopes participants make this workshop “for the youth, and by the youth.”

Ms. Min-Jeong Kim said that UNESCO believes in the power of energy, innovativeness and dynamism of youth. She encouraged participants by saying: “Imagine the transformative change that could be brought by collective action of 1.8 billion young people in the world.” 

Mr. Jeong-hee WON commented in his congratulatory remark, “The following 4 days will be an important asset to achieve participants’ dream, which will work to give hope to everyone in the world.”

During the first day, participants had lessons on understanding concepts of SDGs, SDG 4.7 and GCED, and the ways in which APCEIU is working on targeting youth while promoting GCED. There were also sessions in which the youth shared their recommendations on the previous GCED youth workshops and had the opportunity to made friends with each other while taking part in icebreaker activities. 

The workshop consists of a wide variety of interactive sessions and activities, such as - plenary sessions to understand GCED, exploring local initiatives on GCED with local youth, discussion on the GCED youth network etc. The workshop aims to enable the participants to build a common understanding of GCED and its key priorities, to elaborate on leadership strategies suitable for implementation at the local and national levels, and concretize plans for the establishment of a GCED Youth Network to advance the GCED agenda and UN SDGs.

Throughout the workshop, participants are expected to share their previous GCED leadership experiences based on the three principal motos of GCED; Think, Share and Act. At the end of the workshop, participants will propose leadership strategies as the outcome of their group discussions and identify future activities to participate in for the GCED youth network.

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