What will it take to empower more active global citizens to change the world?

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Global Competence makes the world work better together

  • Explore winning strategies to bring global competence into classrooms and youth programs

  • Understand how global competence helps all stakeholders better connect resources and communities to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals

  • Find out how cutting-edge study abroad programs provide real-world learning opportunities and global skills that employers need

  • Learn how global education builds resilience to extreme ideologies that divide people


Join 600+ leaders from around the world

Who should attend?

  • Educators & Students

  • NGOs & Youth Leaders

  • Policymakers

  • Business Leaders & Social Entrepreneurs

  • Media & Influencers

  • Faith Representatives


Discover Montreal

A well-known international host city, where some of the most exciting events in the world are held every year, Montreal provides a perfect setting for the 2019 AFS Global Conference.

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AFS Global Citizen Prize for Young Leaders

The new AFS annual prize will recognize one extraordinary young person for their commitment to improving the global community with US$10,000 and international recognition.

Applications are now closed. The winner will be announced at the AFS Global Conference, on 10 October 2019.

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Global citizenship news

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    AFS Global Conference Will Explore New Ways to Educate Global Citizens

    What will it take to empower more active global citizens determined to make their impact on the world? This year, the AFS Global Conference will tackle the tough challenges, opportunities and resources required to bring global competence education into the classrooms, youth leadership and study abroad programs.

    Who is changing the world? Educators are!

    Supporting educators to take on global competence education requires a cross-section of stakeholders—policy makers, businesses and community leaders for starters—to join forces and drum up the will and the resources. Easier said than done.
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    I am a Global Citizen

    A global citizen is someone who is aware of and understands the wider world—and their place in it. They take an active role in their community, and work with others to make our planet more equal, fair and sustainable. The good news is that more people around the world identify themselves as global citizens.
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    AFS leverages regional events to build coalitions to promote global competence education

    AFS has convened and participated in dozens of international events to help more leaders, educators and influencers understand why learning about the intersection of cultures and how to make meaningful connections must be an integral part of education going forward.
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    Spotlight on Active Global Citizen: Veronica Boix Mansilla

    A global competence researcher and teacher at Harvard and formerly the University of Buenos Aires, Dr. Veronica Boix Mansilla has long been focused on Global Goal #4: ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
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    Leading Tech Innovation and Girl Empowerment in Ghana

    Regina Honu is the founder and CEO of Soronko Solutions, a software development company, as well as the Soronko Academy, Tech Needs Girls and many other initiatives. She has received numerous recognitions, including being the first winner of the AFS Global Citizen of the Year Award.

2018 AFS Global Conference

Global Competence: Our Future, Our Responsibility

26-28 September 2018 in Budapest, Hungary

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