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Global citizenship education: key concept for a sustainable future

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Through good teaching practices, various educational approaches and a strong theoretical bases the course offers teachers and future-teachers the essential competencies to work globally competent with the SDG’s in their own class rooms or professional context.

Download the flyer of this summer course here



In 2015 the UN adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) as a global agenda for humanity towards a more inclusive, just and peaceful world. Education is formulated as a means for reaching all the other SDG’s.



Global citizenship contains the key competencies which enable learners to work on the SDG’s.

  • transformative education
  • which takes a multifaceted approach
  • and employs methodologies applied in areas such as:

o    human rights education

o   peace education

o   education for sustainable development

o   education for international understanding.



a teacher or a teacher-to-be of any educational level or nationality




The course is organized by UC Leuven-Limburg (UCLL). As a member of the ASP-network, UCLL is an UNESCO-school, which implies that the teacher education values global competencies strongly in her curricula.

The theoretical frameworks of UNESCO and Oxfam Foundation are taken as a starting point.



This course enables participants as a global citizen on to grow on two levels: on a personal level and on a didactical level.


The learning goals of Education for the SDG’s formulated by UNESCO are:


the ability to…

system thinking

recognize and under-stand relationships between different causes, levels, visions, places, times


evaluate multiple possible futures and visions


reflect on the norms and values that underlie one’s actions and to compare with sustainability values


implement innovative actions that further sustainability


learn from others, to understand and respect the needs and actions of others (empathy) and to deal with conflicts in a group

critical thinking

question norms, practices and opinions of yourself and others


reflect on one’s own role in the local community and (global) society

integrated problem-solving

develop viable, inclusive and equitable solution options


In every stadium the course works with a multi-perspective approach, which allows participants to explore different opinions, various causes, multiple factors and possible solutions. We fully master the theory by being able to apply it to our own personal and professional lives.

Level 1: what is Global Citizenship

Starting from various concrete testimonies on world challenges, participants get acquainted with the framework of the SDG’s and the concept of Global Citizenship.

A visit to the European Parliament in Brussels, where the role of international institutions is visible, is included.

Level 2: educational approaches

On a second level participants explore various educational approaches such as philosophy with children, collaborative and interactive learning, system thinking and inquiry based learning.

During this phase participants will visit the Red Star Line Museum, a place that invites us to reflect on migration in the past and nowadays.

Level 3: personal reflection

The final task of the course consist of a personal reflection on the way they want to adopt the SDG’s in their personal and professional life. This context stimulates creative reflection and out-of-the-box thinking.

Practical information


From 3 July 2018 until 6 July 2018


The location is about 20 km from Brussels airport and very close to the city centre of Leuven.

UC Leuven-Limburg
Teacher Education
Hertogstraat 178
3001 Heverlee


The instruction language of the summer course is English, occasionally French.


  • The registration fee is 450 EUR.
  • This price includes lunch, ticketing of the excursions, workshops, learning materials and coaching.


If you have any  further questions, please send an email to the coordinators of this summer course: