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UNESCO's Global Citizenship Education Workshop in South Korea

Maestros Leadership Team has been recognized by UNESCO among top youth led organizations from across the world applying the Global Citizenship Education (GCED) that aims to empower learners to assume active roles to face and resolve global challenges and to become proactive contributors to a more peaceful, tolerant, inclusive and secure world. Bridget Mwenda (Maestros GCED Ambassador) and a team of other volunteers aim at contributing towards achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically Target 4.7, to foster global citizenship through education. While enabling communities to deepen their understanding of GCED, the workshop allows the young leaders to play a major role and become part of a wider network of youth leaders for GCED. 

Bridget Mwendaat the workshop and below is her report from the workship in South Korea on GCED.

"...It was such a great privilege to represent Maestros Leadership Team and be part of the 51 young change makers from around the globe to attend the 3rd Youth Leadership Workshop on Global Citizenship Education in South Korea, Jeju. The workshop was aimed at deepening our understanding on global citizenship with focus on its application in the areas of leadership development, cultural diversity, peace education, human rights, gender equality and environmental sustainability.

The workshop had 5 learning days. During the first learning day, we were mainly given insight on whom a global citizen is and what attributes they ought to have. The second day was fully packed with mind equipping information on how, as global citizens embarking on different community-transforming projects, we can ensure that our projects become a success. We were taught and had discussion on the topics of project planning, problem solving, project shareholders and the impact of social media on our projects. We spent the third day of the workshop learning from other organizations in Korea who are actively involved in social entrepreneurship. On the fourth learning day of the workshop, we were brainstorming on how we can implement the lessons in our local communities. The last learning day was spent at the International Conference Centre (ICC) were we attended the Jeju Forum on Peace and Prosperity. We had a chance to be part of the audience as they were sharing a common vision on Asia’s future and also participated in a session for “The Role of Youth and Culture in Shaping a Peaceful and Sustainable Future” where two of our fellow participants were among the panelists for their work which was related to the topic.

Personally, being part of the workshop has had a huge impact on my life. It has given me a sense of ownership not only of my community, nation, continent but the globe as a whole; the sense of belonging to a place that is beyond just my country. It is from this sense of belonging that my feeling of responsibility of the issues affecting my community has deepened. I believe that this experience has equipped me to not only do civic activities with just a concerned heart but also with a well-informed mind. To agree with one of the manuals on the global citizenship, this has been more that just a period of learning, but personally a life long commitment to leaning and doing.

Apart from the lessons directly derived from the workshop, the experience gave me a chance to network with some of the amazing change makers from around the world. The work in their respective communities impressed and encouraged me that young people are really taking up the challenge of leadership and responsibility. Being among many who are actively involved in bringing change gave me hope that the world could indeed be a better place some day. I could have mentioned them but we wouldn’t finish reading this report if I did I promise. Lol

I would like to express my gratitude for the umpteenth time, to the team leaders for the opportunity to represent the Maestros Team. Looking forward to sharing in depth with my fellow leaders all that was taught at the workshop so as to have us on the same knowledge level as far as global citizenship education is concerned."

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