The North-South Centre's Programme on "Education and Training
for Global Interdependence" was created with the aim of consolidating the
European debate on the integration of "global education" into the curricula of
the formal and informal education sectors and stimulating an exchange of good
practice in this field.
The Programme addresses the fundamental need to educate and
inform the individual on the important role he/she can play in promoting
sustainable development, which the Centre defines not merely as the protection
of the physical environment but also, and more importantly, as the protection of
the human environment, i.e. pluralist democracy and respect for human rights.
One of the key objectives of the Programme is to achieve a high
level of transparency regarding existing structures and policies that promote
global education at European level. The aim is to go beyond merely theoretical
concepts and to ensure that the result of concerted policies and actions makes a
noticeable difference both inside and outside the classroom.
Within this context, the key tasks of the Programme are:
* to analyse the legal and political framework for promoting
global education at the national and regional levels;
* to identify local partners;
* to synergise existing resources and diverse expertise in the
field of global education;
* to stimulate, through increased interaction and partnerships
in the North and South, the on-going exchange and development of ever more
creative ideas and methods.
This strategy also reflects the realisation that creativity
evolves best in the absence of exclusively top-down formal structures, drawing
strength from more community-oriented, participatory processes.
The target group of the Programme consists of the actors and
multipliers of educational processes in the formal and non-formal sectors,
including the teaching profession, the opinion leaders and trainers of NGOs and
competent experts at the level of government and local and regional authorities.
Young people have also been identified as a major and receptive audience for the
message of global interdependence. The Programme achieves its aims through the
organisation of thematic seminars, workshops, annual inter-governmental
roundtables on global education, networking and the publication of materials and
information on global education.
In March 1995, in the framework of the Programme, the
North-South Centre organised a "Co-ordination Meeting on Pedagogical Materials
for Global Citizenship" in Amsterdam. These pages are the fruit of the
discussions at the event which proposed that steps be taken to inform educators
of existing global education resources and that the North-South Centre produce a
publication presenting good practice in the