At a time when globalism is under attack and nationalism is on the rise, we need more active global citizens to vigorously work towards advancing global understanding, transforming their communities and the world—and solving our most pressing challenges.
The 2019 AFS Global Conference will mobilize over 600 educators, non-profits, businesses, governments, and young people to move from theoretical and ideological debates, find common ground and work together to integrate global competence into formal, non-formal and informal education for learners of all ages.
We welcome proposals based on best practices, innovative ideas, research findings and/or policy-oriented perspectives that address the Conference theme of Active Global Citizenship—and How to Educate for It and the following questions:
- What does active global citizenship look like in practice? What are active global citizens doing to change the world for the better?
- How does global competence education lead to active global citizenship? How does global competence factor into developing and implementing solutions to challenges identified in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals?
- What is the state of global competence education around the world? What can we learn from Canada as a pioneer in global competence education?
- How do we evolve education from a 20th-century model to meet the needs and demands of the 21st century and the Fourth Industrial Revolution?
- What best practices, innovations, obstacles, and challenges exist in educating for active global citizenship? How can others learn from and replicate these successful strategies?
- Where should the funding come from to ensure more schools and youth groups offer global competence education. What are the drivers and incentives to allocate current educating funding to global education and/or raise fund from impact investors and donors?
- How can stakeholders collaborate to best empower and support active global citizens and those educating for it? How can advocates work together to meet the needs of various stakeholder groups to successful educating, advocating, and funding active global citizenship?