“Everyone can become a changemaker, a carrier of true human rights and humanism”
The theme “Education of citizenship for SDGs N16 and SDGs N17 – Global Partnership as the engine of inclusive, peaceful and sustainable societies” was discussed October 16 at the EENCE:Club #10 speakers from Ukraine, Armenia, Poland and Germany.
The experts of the meeting were Stefan Henkel (Germany), Anna Galas-Kosil (Poland), Alona Karavai (Ukraine), Tatevik Hakobyan (Armenia). Moderator – Anush Mkrtchyan (Armenia).
The speakers highlighted the importance of international partnership; why and how to build partnership in the CE field.
They gave examples and valuable resources on global partnership based on their experience as well as shared practical approaches on how to build and maintain an inclusive, peaceful and sustainable society with the help of Citizenship Education.
The speakers gave short presentations, introducing their projects and recommendations.
Stefan Henkel (Germany) discussed the three missions of Higher Education Institutions: research, teaching and public engagement, emphasizing that the 3rd mission is becoming more and more important.
Stefan highlighted the importance of Education for Sustainable Development, focusing on life-long learning, community based research and science diplomacy:
“To establish some concrete place in Universities that is in charge of SDGs is something to be seen in the future, and hopefully reaching SDGs will also be included in the way universities are structured“
Anna Galas-Kosil (Poland) talked about Biennale Warszawa as an interdisciplinary hub combining art and culture, research and discourse and activism. She also introduced Edible City Warsaw as a new direction in municipal food policy.
Alona Karavai (Ukraine) elaborated on the meta level of sustainable partnerships, focusing on the Why,How andWhere of international partnerships.
Tatevik Hakobyan (Armenia) focused on networking and education as a toolset for building peaceful societies.
She highlighted the importance of educating children so that they can learn the skills of negotiation, problem solving, critical thinking, communication that will enable them to resolve conflicts without resorting to violence:
“Everyone can become a changemaker, a carrier of true human rights and humanism. Educate yourself and your community on conflict resolution skills. Focus on out of box solutions and be active and creative. Become an influencer and changemaker“.
The project “EENCE:Club ” aims at promoting the democratic development and citizenship education through creation of space for public debates and experience sharing. All EENCE:Clubs topics are focused on UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The project is supported by the Federal Agency for Civic Education (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung/bpb) using funds appropriated by the Federal Foreign Office, Germany.