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APCEIU GCED Youth Network

GCED Youth Network

The Global Citizenship Education Youth Network is an international youth led structure that unites youth from across the globe to work together in the advancement of GCED. We aim to train, support and connect young people around the world working on different areas of GCED to improve their communities and build a more sustainable, tolerant and peaceful world for all.

History

The GCED Youth Network was formed in October 2016 with the support of APCEIU.

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In 2012, the former United Nations Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon launched the Global Education First Initiative (GEFI) and within this initiative there was a Youth Advocacy Group (YAG) that consisted of 15 young representatives from around the world. During 4 years, the members of YAG worked on promoting better quality education, accessible education and GCED.
In 2015, APCEIU and the YAG conducted a Youth Advocacy Workshop on GCED, which marked as an important precedent for the creation of the GCED Youth Network a year later. In 2016 APCEIU organized a second Youth Advocacy Workshop that gathered youth that previously participated in advocacy training conducted by the YAG. As the YAG came to an end with the conclusion of the GEFI, APCEIU and former members of YAG decided to create a youth structure that would focus only on GCED, which gave life to the GCED Youth Network.
Since 2016, the GCED Youth Network has been working closely with APCEIU and other local, regional and international organizations to promote GCED and active youth participation through a series of online and offline activities around the world.
During its first year of operations, the GCED Youth Network constituted its Core Team. The Network started gaining recognition through its international participation. It also conducted local and international events through its members. In 2016, the Network held a session in UNESCO GCED Week in Canada, and also organized and facilitated GCED Workshop in Peru and Georgia.
The GCED Youth Network established its structure and started building a stable set of yearly activities with youth. The first court of online course, Voices of Youth, facilitated and mentored by the Network that has begun. The Network also worked together with APCEIU in developing GCED Youth Advocacy Toolkit, a guideline on advocacy for GCED.
The GCED Youth Network gained more visibility and support of regional and international education stakeholders, aiming to have a more regional presence moving forward. Alongside facilitating the 5th Youth Leadership Workshop on GCED, the Network participated in youth session in GCED at the International Conference held by APCEIU, represented youth in the UNESCO-APCEIU GCED Actors Platform, and co-organize/facilitated GCED Workshop in Moldova.
The GCED Youth Network kept working and started to have a more active role in Latin America and the Caribbean through its regional members, especially by participating in the process of creation of GCED policy for Central America and Dominican Republic with SICA and UNESCO Santiago. In 2020, the Network also participated in developing a resource manual for youth activities on GCED with a group of experts.
The Network continues to expand its partnership with APCEIU in various areas, including Youth Leadership Workshop, resource development, management of GCED Online Campus, and Youth Ambassadors Programme. Besides the cooperation with APCEIU, the Network will actively engage in activities by region and within the community.

Mission

The Global Citizenship Education (GCED) Youth Network is an international independent youth led structure that aims to:

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Raise the profile of GCED among young people globally

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Increase the capacity of young people to advocate for quality GCED

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Provide an outlet through which young people and organizations facilitating youth engagement can share knowledge, experiences and best practices on GCED

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Establish the reputation of the GCED Youth Network as an authoritative youth voice on global citizenship education

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Support UNESCO-Asia Pacific Center for International Understanding (APCEIU), as well as other partner organizations, in the achievement of its mission and the fulfillment of its mandate, and help it engage young people meaningfully in these endeavors.

Structure of the Youth Network

The GCED Youth Network is structured in three tiers

Core Team

Variable amount of members that coordinate the network and its work.

Active Members

Alumni of the different activities in which the Network has collaborated and that want to engage in supporting and or promoting the Networks activities.

Supporters

General audience that do not necessarily contribute with the Network but support its purpose and actions.

Core Team

Variable amount of members that coordinate the network and its work.

Active Members

Alumni of the different activities in which the Network has collaborated and that want to engage in supporting and or promoting the Networks activities.

Supporters

General audience that do not necessarily contribute with the Network but support its purpose and actions.

The Core Team iscurrently composed by

Ukraine

Valeria Moroz

Moldova

Anna Susarenco

Georgia

Guranda Bursulaia

Guatemala

Diego Manrique

Sudan

Shawgi Ahmed

Pakistan

Umair Mushtaq

Egypt

Noora Essam

Bhutan

Tshering Zangmo

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