Global/development education aims at raising awareness and at strengthening citizens’ capacity to take action, advocate for their rights and take part in the political debate at local, national and international level for social justice and sustainable development. It encourages learners and educators to work cooperatively on global issues and it enables citizens to understand the complex realities and processes of today’s world and to develop values, attitudes, knowledge and skills, which will allow them to face the challenges of an interconnected world.
The heart of global education is enabling young people to participate in shaping a better, shared future for the world. Global education emphasises the unity and interdependence of human society, developing a sense of self and appreciation of cultural diversity, affirmation of social justice and human rights, as well as building peace and actions for a sustainable future in different times and places.
The Youth of the World’s activities support the advancement and promotion of development education in Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Estonia, Lithuania and Scotland (UK) and in particular in the non-formal educational sphere addressing young people. Using tailor-made and needs-based approaches, the project will build critical understanding of the interdependent world we live in among a wide range of young people. Following the mainstreaming concept, the project will also engage young people in promoting fairer relations in the world and sustainable way of living through their activities.