“EDUCATING YOUNGER GENERATIONS ON GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP THROUGH INTERCULTURAL LITERACY”

UNAOC & Mission of Kazakhstan Join Event:
“Educating younger generations to global citizenship through intercultural literacy”, co-organized by the Permanent Mission of Kazakhstan in partnership with the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations
Date: 2 May 2018
Time:  3.00 PM -5.30 PM
Venue: Conference Room 6, UN Headquarters
Participation: All are invited with a valid UN pass

Dear colleagues,

The Permanent Mission of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the United Nations and the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) are pleased to invite you to their joint  event entitled “Educating younger generations to global citizenship through intercultural literacy”.

The event will take place on 2 May 2018 in the Conference Room 6 of the United Nations Headquarters, from 3.00 to 5.30 PM.

This joint conference seeks to serve as a platform for panelists from the UN and the academic world to share experience and good practices on the use of intercultural literacy at university level to engage younger generations on global citizenship and on the achievement of the 2030 Agenda.

Programme and a concept notes are enclosed (below).

For questions related to the event, please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Alma Konurbayeva, e-mail: alma.konurbayeva(at)gmail.com.

We look forward to welcoming you at our event!

Alma Konurbayeva

Counsellor,
Permanent Mission of the Republic of Kazakhstan
to the United Nations

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UNAOC Event

“Educating younger generations on global citizenship through intercultural literacy”

CONCEPT NOTE

Background:

Education is at the core of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) mandate and is considered by the Alliance as a major tool to build bridges between communities and people. Over the years, UNAOC has encouraged peace education through a cross-cultural approach to promote respect for diversity and awareness on interdependence of global cultures. UNAOC has also developed exchange programmes at the post-graduate level with the aim to contribute to the transfer of knowledge between scholars and students of different cultures and faiths.

Education is also at the centre of the 2030 Agenda and is key to the achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). SDG 4: “Insuring Inclusive and Quality Education for All and Promote Life Long Learning” seeks to ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge needed on issues like peace, global citizenship and cultural diversity to advance sustainable development. Quality education is thus an education that offers knowledge on global issues and allows young people to develop appreciation and understanding of other societies and cultures. The goal is not only to foster tolerance among younger generations but also to equip them with resilient minds, strong enough to reject hateful and extremist ideologies. In that regard, the academic world has a major role to play.

Embedded in SDG 4, the concept of global citizenship refers to the idea that individuals are parts of an interconnected world. As such, they should embrace their social responsibility and act together as global citizens for a more peaceful and inclusive world. According to the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), universities have a clear responsibility in promoting global citizenship. It is their duty to teach students to use their skills and education to be part of the global community and to contribute collectively to its well-being.

In that context, UNAOC event will serve as a platform for panelists and guests to discuss ways to promote cross-cultural exchanges at university level in order to engage younger generations on global citizenship and on the realization of the 2030 Agenda.

Objectives:

This UNAOC event will serve as a platform for Member States, scholars and UN officers to share experience and good practices to educate younger generations on global citizenship and the SDGs through cross-cultural exchanges.

Points of discussion:
  1. How can cross-cultural education empower youth to become active global citizens?
  2. What are successful examples of educational initiatives promoting the teaching of intercultural knowledge and competencies?
  3. How can we involve media, religious leaders and civil society in the promotion of global citizenship education and the SDGs?
  4. What can we learn from the teachings of renowned philosophers like Al-Farabi?
  5. How can the UN and the academic world work together to promote a cross-cultural approach of global citizenship education?

 

“Educating younger generations on global citizenship through intercultural literacy”

Tentative agenda:

3:00 – 3:20 pm:  Opening remarks

–       H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al Nasser, High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations

–       Mr. Yerkin Akhinzhanov, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the United Nations

3:20 – 3:30 pm:  Keynote speaker

–       Mr. Ramu Damodaran, Deputy Director, Partnership and Public Engagement, United Nations Department of Public Information, and Chief, United Nations Academic Impact

3:30 – 3:45 pm: Movie screening

–       “Al-Farabi, The Philosopher of Civilizations” (9 minutes)

3:45 – 4:00 pm:  Presentation

–       “Formation of Citizens of a Virtuous City”, joint-project between UNAOC and Al-Farabi Kazakh National University

4:00 – 5:15 pm: Panel discussion

–       Dr. Galym Mutanov, Rector of Al-Farabi Kazakh National University

–       Rev. Liberato Bautista, Assistant General Secretary for United Nations and International Affairs, United Methodist Church (TBC)

–       Ms. Marissa Gutierrez, Founder and Executive Director of ARTE – Youth Development and Human Rights through Education (TBC)

–       Mr. Rafal Szczurwoski, Associate Professor of UN and International Affairs at CUNY (TBC)

–       Moderator: Dr. Hanifa Mezoui, Senior Advisor on Humanitarian Affairs and Civil Society, United Nations Alliance of Civilizations

5:15 – 5:30 pm:  Concluding remarks

–       Dr. Galym Mutanov, Rector of Al-Farabi Kazakh National University

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– Posted on April 29,  2018.

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