NTU to debate global citizenship education at major international development conference

Representatives from Nottingham Trent University will be joining Heads of State and other distinguished and high profile guests at a major international conference in Brussels as part of the 2015 European Year for Development.

Representatives from Nottingham Trent University will be joining Heads of State and other distinguished and high profile guests at a major international conference in Brussels as part of the 2015 European Year for Development.

Dr Roy Smith, principal lecturer and programme leader for MA International Development at the University's School of Arts and Humanities, and BA (Hons) Global Studies student, Lucie Belikova, will be running a session exploring the part non-formal education has to play in developing global citizens at the European Development Days event.

As one of only four UK universities taking part, they will be running an innovative brainstorming lab in conjunction with the European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA), Belgium. The topic will be Global Citizenship as a Skill that can be Developed via Lifelong Learning and the debate will discuss how lifelong learning, especially non-formal adult learning, can reach out to marginalised groups of society, empower people all over the world, and make them truly Global Citizens.

The session will take the form of a world café, where small groups will debate the level at which global citizenship is commonly understood and experienced, and how non-formal adult education outside of classrooms and lecture theatres is serving the purposes of global citizenship education by engaging and empowering people. There will also be a live Twitter feed throughout the event which can be followed via #EDD15

Learning to be a global citizen is not just about formal studies, it's about life experience and changing the way we act and think.

Dr Roy Smith, School of Arts and Humanities

Dr Roy Smith said: "Being a global citizen does not simply relate to physical travel to other countries. It is a deeper experience as a greater amount of human interactivity now involves systems and processes that span national borders like never before. Therefore, learning to be a global citizen is not just about formal studies, it's about life experience and changing the way we act and think.

"Our session will debate what this non-formal education should look like, how it really contributes to global citizenship and development, and what happens post-2015"

Global Studies student, Lucie Belikova, will be talking about her own experiences at the event. Born in Czechoslovakia prior to the separation of the Czech Republic from Slovakia, Lucy relocated to the UK and decided to study at Nottingham Trent University. As part of her studies Lucie undertook a semester abroad study in Thailand, travelling to rural areas to gain a better understanding of Thai life and culture. She is currently working on her final year dissertation comparing new social movements in Prague and Hong Kong, focusing on the role of social media in promoting various civil society agendas and actions

Lucie said: "Being a citizen of one of the EU countries means that my options for studying go much further beyond the borders of my native country. Studying at such a cosmopolitan University not only deepened my understanding of the options EU offers, but it also opened a door to education at institutions in countries I would have never thought of applying to in my native country."

They will be in the company of speakers such as Melinda Gates, Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Jean Claude Junker, president of the European Commission at the flagship event of the 2015 European Year of Development. The theme of European Development Days is Our world, our dignity, our future and the conference takes place from 3-4 June in Brussels. For further information visit the European Development Days website.

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NTU to debate global citizenship education at major international development conference

Published on 29 May 2015
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