A common international definition for Global Education is yet in the process, still International Organisations, National institutions and non profit organisations more and more are trying to converge to shared concept of it.
The first definition taken by the UNESCO source, Global Education creates a relation of interdependency between the person and the society.
“Global education is the term used internationally to describe a form of education which:
enables people to understand the links between their own lives and those of people throughout the world
increases understanding of the economic, cultural, political and environmental influences which shape our lives
develops the skills, attitudes and values which enable people to work together to bring about change and take control of their own lives
works towards achieving a more just and sustainable world in which power and resources are more equitably shared”
Other standard definitions distinguished the perspectives to which Global Education is linked.
Global education has five learning emphases:
Interdependence and globalisation – an understanding of the complex social, economic and political links between people and the impact that changes have on each other
Identity and cultural diversity – an understanding of self and one’s own culture, and being open to the culture of others
Social justice and human rights – an understanding of the impact of inequality and discrimination, the importance of standing up for our own rights and our responsibility to respect the rights of others
Peace building and conflict resolution – an understanding of the importance of building and maintaining positive and trusting relationships and ways conflict can be prevented or peacefully resolved
Sustainable futures – an understanding of the ways in which we can meet our current needs without diminishing the quality of the environment or reducing the capacity of future generations to meet their own needs.