European Congress on Global Education

Posted on October 15, 2012

2nd Global Education Congress: Education, Interdependence and Solidarity in a Changing World

Janis Kirpitis (GLEN Latvia) and András Martoni (GLEN network officer) represented GLEN on the 2nd Global Education Congress held in Lisbon on 27th – 28th September 2012. The event was to follow up the ten-year old Maastrict Declaration on the European strategy to support and promote global education.

The Congress’ programme was divided between plenary sessions and single and multi stakeholder group meetings with governmental, NGO and academic stakeholders. Practitioners, such as teachers, present on the Congress advocated for a separate stakeholder group. A much debated plenary speech was given by Indian private foundation owner Manish Jain from “The People’s Institute for rethinking Education and Development” who explained why he sees that education is a tool to transform students to conform the needs of the industrial societies (and organisations) and in the meantime devaluate traditional values. The discussion panel following the speech was moderated by Tobias Troll, former Glennie and advocacy officer of DEEEP3 project of the CONCORD DARE Forum.

The Congress was supported by the European Commission and organised by the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe, the Global Education Network Europe (GENE) and the European NGO Confederation for Relief and Development (CONCORD). Local partners were IPAD – Camões – Institute for Co-operation and Language, the University of Lisbon and the Portuguese NDGO Platform.

If you wish to know more, please visit the Global Education Congress’ official website: or send your questions to Janis Kirpitis ( and András Martoni (

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