The role of education in a globalized world
On May 8-9, Bologna hosted a two-day conference on "Global Citizenship Education: the Role of Education in a Globalized World". Under the auspices of the Italian G7 Presidency, the meeting was organized by the University of Bologna, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Universities and Research, the Conference of Italian University Rectors (CRUI), and the Observatory of the Magna Charta Universitatum. Participants discussed the role of education systems in promoting global citizenship and sustainability education.
The conference was held within the framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which invites all countries to take action toward the 17 specific objectives of the Agenda, following the so-called five Ps: people, planet, prosperity, peace, and partnership.
Education plays a central role in helping people forge more sustainable, just, peaceful, tolerant and inclusive societies; it represents a tool of change. Promoting Global Citizenship and Sustainability Education means fostering the values, knowledge, competences and attitudes that students need to meet the world's most pressing social challenges; it means working together to reach the goal of sustainable development.
The first day of the Conference was dedicated to schools, with the participation of the Italy's Minister of Education Valeria Fedeli, as well as of experts from the UN, UNESCO, OECD and the European Commission. The following day, "Europe Day", participants focused on universities, with experts from all around the world.