One World Week is part of a Europe-wide network of global “focus weeks” under the banner of the Global Education Week, which is coordinated by the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe.
The Global Education Week encourages young people, youth workers and teachers to implement a global education project in their youth organisations and schools, reflecting on how to address exclusion and inequality and discussing globalisation.
In Ireland, youth organisations and others choose the theme each year, which in 2012 looks at resilience in young people. The resource pack is called ‘Bouncing Back and Beyond’. The theme for Global Education Week at European level is Migration for 2012
Global Education Week encourages youth groups as well as schools to explore educational activities for global citizenship. It addresses issues of diversity and inequality at the local as well as at the global level with an understanding of the core issues of global citizenship.
The North-South Centre is part of the European Multi Stakeholder Group in Development/Global Education. The CONCORD DARE forum is also a member of this group. Chiara Tripepi is the liaison person between CONCORD’s DARE Forum and the GEW network. Synergy between the two networks is crucial and being promoted more through the joint stand and side event at the 2010 European Development Days in Brussels.
NYCI is the coordinator of Global Education Week in Ireland. The most recent coordinators meeting took place in Brussels on 5-7 December 2010, coinciding with European Development Days of the European Commission.NYCI was represented by Elaine Mahon, Development Education Project Officer. The 2011. coordinators meeting takes place from 12-14 December in Warsaw, Poland
The 2010 meeting was the first meeting of the GEW coordinators since Budapest in March, 2009. The meeting was facilitated by Miguel da Silva, the coordinator of the network. The agenda consisted of an overview of the work carried out by the North-South Centre since the last meeting, a review of Global Education Week and planning the work of the network for 2011 including a review of the webpage, promoting the circulation and use of Global Education Guidelines of the North-South centre, and future themes for Global Education Week in 2011 and 2012.
Global Education Week coordinators meet in Brussels, December 2010
If you are interested in learning more about the GEW, all background documents can be found on the Global Education Week webpage of the North-South centre here and the page dedicated to this years GEW Coordinators Meeting here.