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Just one week to go! GCED Panel discussion

Only one week to go until our Global Citizenship Education discussion panel (GCED) in Wellington! Be sure to RSVP to secure your place for a thought-provoking and engaging evening. Please spread the word to those you think may be interested.

Opened by Hon Jenny Salesa, Associate Minister of Education, this free event will feature the perspectives of five well-respected academics and thinkers. Each was commissioned to write a paper discussing GCED from their own unique position, ideas and experiences. Perspectives range from Māori, Pasifika, academic and education to youth. All explore GCED from a New Zealand context, and consider approaches to GCED that may contribute to addressing the world’s pressing issues.

The purpose of this event is to share and discuss the papers, including a Q & A session at the end. It will also enable networking opportunities for anyone interested in the area of GCED. Below are some of the questions that will be explored.

Bronwyn Wood, Senior Lecturer Faculty of Education at Victoria University of Wellington – academic perspective
  • Interpretations of GCED are diverse – what are some of the definitions in academic circles?
  • To what extent does GCED serve to prop up imperialist, capitalist and neoliberal approaches in which learning about the ‘other’ perpetuates broad paternalistic stereotypes and furthers the ability for the Global North to dominate in global economic exchanges? 
  • What are the opportunities and challenges for GCED in New Zealand? How can we bridge the divide between high and low socio-economic school communities in their knowledge and experiences of citizenship education?
  • How does the scale and pace of movement of people and mass migration challenge the traditionally-held notion of the citizen and his/her relationship, identity and loyalty to the nation-state? 
 
Sonja Macfarlane, Practice and Implementation Adviser (Māori focus), former Associate Professor, University of Canterbury – Māori perspective
  • What does global citizenship mean for Māori as the tangata whenua (first nations people) of Aotearoa?
  • Are ‘tangata whenuatanga’ (first nations status) and ‘global citizenship’ compatible notions?
  • What are some of the key parameters that GCED needs to take into account in order to be responsive to the rights and responsibilities of first national people globally?
 
Jacoba Matapo, Associate Dean Pasifika of the Faculty of Education and Social Work at University of Auckland – Pasifika perspective
  • How are the principles of critical democracy, which are foundational to GCED, disadvantaged as education continues to be shaped by an ever-increasing neo-liberal agenda and priorities?
  • With the very real impact of global warming upon Pacific Island nations, whether it be the death of coral reefs or the rising sea levels, Pacific peoples are faced with drastic environmental shifts as their new reality. How can GCED re-imagine politics for peace, justice and inclusion, employing Pacific indigenous knowledge of the world and human connection to the world?
 
Maria Perreau, teacher at Ōtaki College and doctoral candidate at University of Auckland – an educator’s perspective
  • How can GCED be approached as part of a broader educational approach that embraces teaching for and about social justice; a process that enables people (young and not so young) to understand their lives and experiences in relationship with the planet, each other and the systems and structures of the societies in which those relationships exist?
  • How can we learn how to be democratic?
  • How do we move from aspirational statements and affirmations of agency to the performance of citizenship that is not only critically active, but radically transformative?
  • How can we empower young people in New Zealand to take authentic actions towards transformative change?
 
Pete McKenzie, UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leader – youth perspective
  • Are young people these days apathetic?
  • Does ‘slacktivism’, i.e. protest via social media, have any impact and is it enough?
  • What is inhibiting the participation of young people in our formal democratic institutions?
  • How can we facilitate and support existing youth civic engagement through global civics and citizenship education?
For more details about the speakers and to read the discussion papers, visit https://unesco.org.nz/open-invitation-to-gced-panel-discussion/.
 
When: 12 August, 5.30-7.30pm
Where: National Library auditorium, 70 Molesworth St, Thorndon, Wellington
Free entry, refreshments provided.
RSVP to unesco.nz@education.govt.nz
 
 

 
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