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Uganda National Commission for UNESCO in partnership with Asia-Pacific Center of Education for International Understanding (APCEIU) held capacity building workshop for integration of Global Citizenship Education into the curriculum (GECD) in Uganda.
The two days workshop which ran from 3rd to 4th of November was held at the Imperial Royale Hotel, Kampala, and attracted stakeholders from Ministry of Education and Sports, National Curriculum Development Center (NCDC), Religious Institutions, Private Schools Association of Uganda, BTVET and other Heads of Educational Institutions in Uganda.
The Guest of Honor at this function, Hon. State Minister for Primary Education, Mrs. Rosemary Nansubga Sseninde expressed her gratitude to APCEIU for selecting Uganda to pilot this initiative in the African continent which she said will provide learners with an opportunity to play an active role in developing their competences through transformation of attitude and behaviors right from an early stage of development.
Sseninde assured the delegates of the support of the Government of Uganda who pledged readiness to embrace and hold up this project and also informed them that the Ministry of Education and Sports has taken lead in the mainstreaming of GCED in to the curriculum.
“Education is the only path we have to take to achieve Global Citizenship Education” Said Ms.Rosie Agoi, Secretary General Unatcom while addressing the delegates at the workshop. She also noted that through education the citizens will learn to live together and that the ultimate goal of GCED is to live in peace.
According to Agoi, the country is blessed to have this opportunity; the mantel is now upon us to integrate it into the curriculum and also pledged that Unatcom will continue to play supporting and coordinating role in this project.
“The world is a small global village with so many problems, and GCED will give us a sense of belonging” said Director of APCEIU,Dr. Utak Chung. GCED aims to be transformative, building knowledge, skills,values and attitude that learners need to be able to contribute to a more inclusive and peaceful world.
Uganda is the first African country to benefit from the project along with Cambodia and Mongolia from Asia and Colombia from South America.
Global Citizenship Education (GCED) is one of the three pillars of the 2012 UN Global Education First Initiative (GEFI), promoted internationally by the support and work of UNESCO. GCED is target 4.7 of Sustainable Development Goal, No. 4 which is about quality education for all.
It aims at equipping all learners of all ages with values, knowledge and skills that are based on and instill respect for human rights, social justice, diversity, gender equality and environmental sustainability that empowers learners to be responsible global citizens.