Asia-Pacific Regional Global Citizenship Education (GCED) “Taking It Local” Online Workshop for Master Trainers

Asia-Pacific Regional Global Citizenship Education (GCED) “Taking It Local” Online Workshop for Master Trainers


Date and Time: 14-15 October 2021, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM GMT+7 (please click here to check your local time)

Organizer: UNESCO Bangkok

Event Type: Workshop

Where: Online from Bangkok, Thailand


From UNESCO’s perspective, GCED is an educational approach that nurtures respect and solidarity in learners in order to foster a sense of belonging to common humanity, as well as helping learners to become responsible and active global citizens in building inclusive, peaceful and sustainable societies (UNESCO, n.d.).

The three core GCED notions presented by UNESCO are (i) “respect for diversity”, (ii) “solidarity”, and (iii) a “shared sense of humanity” (UNESCO, 2018). These notions have been existing in root cultures across Asia and the Pacific throughout history, but the concepts which incorporate the three notions are rarely shared beyond respective countries, and neither are they “associated” with GCED. To have an integration of stories and examples that can be shared within and beyond the region about GCED in Asia-Pacific countries, the GCED: Taking It Local in Asia-Pacific was developed in 2019.

The Asia-Pacific is a culturally diverse region, which has many more values/stories that resonate with GCED that are yet “discovered”. To inspire more stories/values related to GCED, in 2020, UNESCO Bangkok and APCEIU developed a guidebook—Understanding GCED in Asia-Pacific: A How-to Guide for ‘Taking It Local’ (APCEIU, 2020). The guidebook aims to guide organisations/individuals in designing and carrying out workshops on GCED “Taking it local”, targeting both policymakers and teachers/educators with suggested approaches and activities.

Furthermore, the 2020 Asia-Pacific Regional GCED Network Survey results (UNESCO, unpublished) showed that GCED stakeholders in the region have an increasing interest in capacity building for teachers, policymakers, and administrators. Especially, the need of getting program models and content from members is emphasized so that the members can develop training programs on their own within their context.

Therefore, UNESCO Bangkok and APCEIU are developing an online training workshop based on the guidebook to showcase a good model of GCED: Taking It Local training, and also to empower learners, teachers, practitioners to become facilitators/influencers for the larger community.


Objectives and expected results

The overarching purpose of the workshop is to serve as a model for master trainers to conduct a GCED: Taking It Local workshop in their own country contexts. The master trainers will participate in the workshop to:

  • Learn how the APCEIU-UNESCO guidebook Understanding GCED in Asia-Pacific: A How-to Guide for ‘Taking It Local’ can be utilized within their own national and sub-national contexts.
  • Become facilitators and practice how to adapt the guidelines to conduct workshops with their local and national stakeholders.

Therefore, the expected result is to create a pool of facilitators/master trainers in the Asia and Pacific region who can conduct workshops at the local level to empower teachers and learners to enable global citizenship education.



The direct beneficiaries of this activity will be GCED network members, officials from member states (i.e., Ministry of Education, National Commissions for UNESCO), teaching professionals, master trainers for teacher training, research institutes and youth networks. Other beneficiaries will be the greater GCED stakeholders, learners, teachers, school leaders and their families.


Provisional Agenda

DAY 1: Tuesday, 14 October 2021 10:00-12:30 (GMT +7)


Opening remarks — Ms Margarete Sachs-Israel, Chief of Section for Inclusive Quality Education, UNESCO Bangkok


Opening remarks — Dr Hyun Mook Lim, Director of APCEIU


Group photo


Introduction of the workshop — Ms Li Wang, Education Consultant, UNESCO Bangkok


‘Understanding GCED in Asia-Pacific: A How-to Guide for Taking It Local’ — Dr Faryal Khan, Programme Specialist for Education, UNESCO Bangkok


Preparing GCED practitioners to become facilitators

• Explanation of the guidebook and setting up workshop

• Story-circle modelling and discussion





Questions and reflections

• How to facilitate a workshop with different stakeholders? (e.g. teachers, policymakers)

• Tips for workshop facilitation within local contexts



Wrapping up of Day 1

• Minute paper

• Agreement on volunteer for recap of day 1 the next morning


DAY 2: Wednesday, 15 October 2021 10:00-12:30 (GMT +7)


Recap of Day 1— Workshop participant


Group photo


Workshop (continued): Preparing GCED practitioners to become facilitators

• Jigsaw activity and discussion



Designing your own workshop

• Prepare an ‘action plan’ for carrying out a workshop with stakeholders at the national level



Consultations in breakout rooms: discuss ideas and challenges

• Reflections on implementing action plans in local contexts: analysing opportunities and challenges, and mitigating risks




• Wrap up and concluding remarks

• Evaluation



Meeting Documents and Attachments