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Global Understanding and Global Citizenship Keynote Speech for the Closing Ceremony of the International Year of Global Understanding (IYGU) ¹
19 February 2019

Introduction The International Year of Global Understanding was proclaimed by the International Science Councils of the Social (ISSC), Natural (ICSU), and Human sciences (CIPSH). Why are such important international councils advocating for the IYGU, brought to life by the powerful writings and pract...

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Global citizenship as a new ethics in the world system
19 February 2019

Invariably citizenship education is related to ethics and morality, and the politics of culture and official knowledge of the nation-state responsible for public education. Global citizenship education is different because it plays a role in the global system and does not depend on the politics of a...

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Engaging Middle Eastern youth in sustainable development
19 February 2019

Since the late twentieth century, the Middle East has been one of the world’s most unstable regions. Violent wars and both latent and manifest conflicts have raged almost non-stop due to ideological, socioeconomic, ethnic and religious conflicts. According to the World Bank, youth comprise rou...

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Multitopia: global citizenship across diverse spaces
19 February 2019

The pursuits of global citizenship projects are both tantalizing and vexing. Despite various treatises and attempts to dissect and categorize various forms based upon their assumptions, motivations and nature, current manifestations still appear to be more a way of categorizing our existing states a...

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Comparative Education in Egypt: looking outward to find power and promise within
19 February 2019

“Everyone hates us, but everyone wants to be us”. I often hear this phrase to describe the public perception in Egypt of my institution, the American University in Cairo (AUC). Often called “the Harvard of the Middle East,” this outsider-insider contrast is not surprising. In...

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The tower of Babel: nationalism, globalization and citizenship education
18 February 2019

In March 2017, UNESCO held the Third Forum on Global Citizenship Education in Ottawa, Canada. One of the features that distinguished this forum from the previous ones (Bangkok 2013 and Paris 2015) was that it combined two important educational programs: Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) an...

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The new power skills: intercultural understanding, global competence and active global citizenship
18 February 2019

Thank you – to AFS Dominican Republic and the AFS Caribe Region for organizing this important event and to UNESCO for your partnership. Ladies and Gentlemen, distinguished guests.  This has been an important forum – and for me the key take away is this: Intercultural understanding, ...

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AFS helps the world learn to live together
18 February 2019

As a world-class intercultural education organization and a global movement to develop and activate global citizens, AFS prepares and activates future leaders, global citizens and change-makers with essential 21st century intercultural skills to engage, lead and collaborate effectively in different ...

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To educate for planetary citizenship: a Latin-American perspective
18 February 2019

In February, 2017 the Paulo Freire Institute of UCLA launched number zero of the Global Commons Review, focusing on education for “global citizenship”. The theme is not new, but it has only very recently caught the attention of international organizations like UNESCO. Therefore, this rev...

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Unpacking ‘cosmopolitanism’ in Arab region citizenship education discourse
17 February 2019

In 2015, SAGE published the second edition of its Handbook of Research in International Education. Our contribution (Akar and Ghosn-Chelala 2015) was a chapter that investigated the intersections of post-colonial citizenship, cosmopolitanism and citizenship education in the Arab region. Formerly col...

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Growth and fortunes of Western European populism(s): does the French presidential election mark a stop or (more likely) a parenthesis?
17 February 2019

Is Europe in the process of colonization by a populist mind-set? One can ask if such a tendency is a matter of ideology, mere rhetoric or a renewed political style. Over the last three years, populist forces have dominated the political agenda on various occasions, from the European elections in 201...

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From cultivating modern national citizens to global citizens: the transformation of Chinese citizenship in the process of globalization
17 February 2019

Different nations have different understandings and experiences of citizenship education. Citizenship education in the Chinese context is often referred to as civic education, with the main purpose of training qualified students to serve the state. As a country with a long history, civic education o...

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