On the 17th and 18th of October, over 50 representatives of civil society organizations and local and regional self-government organizations from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia and Macedonia gathered in Zagreb to assess the level of implementation of the recommendations in the area of educational politics of global citizenship education, curriculum development, pedagogical support and advocacy, as agreed in Beograd in 2017.

Project BRIGHTS was recognized as example of best practice on national level and its methodology valuable for practicioners and decision makers in GCE. I had opportunity to present project results achieved so far. The main goal was to explain in more detail the methodology developed to people who work with young people in the field of global citizenship education and decision makers in the field. Participants were interested in the method of digital storytelling and how it is used to educate youth about global citizenship. I highlighted its benefits, as well as the knowledge, skills and personality traits that are desirable for the people who use this teaching method. The participants were interested in the possibility of attending a developed online course and they also emphasized the need for the development of similar methods, but also other needs, mainly organized around needs to educate the providers of global citizenship education and the lack of support they get from the liable governments. The participants were particularly interested in the existence of the working group on global citizenship at the Unite - IT platform and the opportunities that it offers to exchange experiences, as well as the teaching methods that can be used in the implementation of global citizenship education.

This meeting was organized within the framework of the Joint Program signed between the Council of Europe and the European Union to promote global citizenship education through dialogue, networking strategies, capacity building and the exchange of educational practices.Programme_2018_GDE_Balkan-seminar_follow-up-meeting.docx.pdf

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