The International Institute on Global Citizenship Education


Paulo Freire Institute (PFI) – UCLA

(University of California, Los Angeles)

UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies

UNESCO Chair in Global Learning and Global Citizenship Education (GCE)


July 25-29, 2016

The Global Education First Initiative (GEFI) currently being supported by UNESCO has encouraged national government agencies, transnational and non-governmental organizations, teachers, researchers, educators and K-12 practitioners to pursue policies, programs, pedagogies and K-12 practices for global citizenship education (GCE). However, many questions remain regarding the nature and possibility of education that can foster global citizenship. The International Institute on Global Citizenship Education, hosted by the Paulo Freire Institute at UCLA and the UNESCO Chair in Global Learning and GCE, seeks to address such questions as:

 What is GCE and how can it address global problems?
­ What and whose values and skills should be included in GCE?
­ How can GCE reconcile and complement national and local citizenship education?
­ Who is GCE o­ered to and who is providing it?
­ What are the best practices of policies, curricula and instruction of GCE?

Through lectures, participant-centered discussions, and workshops, participants will explore the literature, current research, and best practices of GCE through local, national, regional, and global perspectives. Building upon participants’ needs and experiences, the Institute will create a critical space where they can share, debate, network, and most importantly construct viable policies, curricula, and pedagogies for the implementation of GCE inside and outside the classroom.
Participants will…

  • Review current literature, research, and debates surrounding GCE
  • Dialogue and network with other international participants
  • Produce a GCE project that applies to their speci_c countries, institutions, and communities
  • Receive a GCE certi_cate of completion from the Paulo Freire Institute at UCLA

This program is for:

  • Professionals who work with policy analysis and/orpolicy formulation
  • K-12 practitioners and leaders in formal andnon-formal institutions
  • Researchers

Classes: The ­five-day program, consisting of morning and afternoon session on either a GCE thematic and regional facilitation or a workshop for GCE.
Language: English. The Institute will also include English as a Second Language (ESL) support for writing in academic English.
Cost: USD $2,000. The ­rst payment of USD $1,000 must be paid by May 1, 2016. Payments can be made
online Online registration and payment will be available early April 2016 at the following URL:

The remaining payment needs to be paid by July 1, 2016. If enrolled participants decide not to attend the courses after July 1, 2016, there will be a non-refundable fee of USD$ 500.
Housing and other Living Expenses: Please email p­ for information.
Institute Director
Carlos Alberto Torres, Ph.D.
UCLA Distinguished Professor & UNESCO Chair on Global Learning and Global Citizenship Education
Founder and Director, PFI UCLA; PFI-UK; PFI-São Paulo; President, World Council of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES)
Professors Christopher Castle, UNESCO Global Coordinator for HIV and AIDS; Chief, Section of Health and GCE
Chen Wei Chang, Ph.D., National Academy for Educational Research, Taiwan; PFI-UCLA
Utak Chung, Ph.D., Director, Asia-Paci­c Centre of Education for International Understanding (APCEIU) under the auspices of UNESCO
Anantha Duraiappah, Ph.D., Director, UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute, Delhi, India
Liangwen Kuo, Ph.D., Graduate Institute of Communication Studies, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan.
Greg Misiaszek, Ph.D., Beijing Normal University, China; PFI-UCLA; WCCES
Lauren Ila Misiaszek, Ph.D., Beijing Normal University, China; PFI-UCLA; PFI-UK
Lynette Shultz, Ph.D., University of Alberta, Canada
Ana Elvira Steinbach Silva Raposo Torres, Ph.D., Federal University of Paraiba, Brazil; UCLA; PFI-UCLA
Additional Speakers
‑ Researchers and administrators from UNESCO centers
‑ Associates of PFI at UCLA


Brochure of the Program:

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