Manual “Education for Global Citizenship”

Free manual for school projects on global learning and new ways of teaching and learning

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Education, Intercultural Competences, School



within the framework of the international school partnership project
“Global Citizenship”

Youth is confronted with a complex world situation

The state of the world at the beginning of the 21st century, in the so-called “age of globalization”, is sobering and complex at the same time: there are many contrasts and disparities with regard to prosperity, human rights, democracy, ecological conditions, war and peace, and many other areas. Children and young people, the shaping generation of the future world, are also confronted with this complexity of the world situation – between enormous changes and opportunities on the one hand and increasing inequality and injustice on the other.

Global learning

Development education work on this topic sought to point out global structural references and has often made do with the approaches of “learning about the South”. This has often left it complex and impersonal – in the sense of emotional touch. The population in the South was often seen as an “object”; experiences and independent educational concepts and approaches in the South were rarely taken into account. This has changed in the concepts of Global Learning, where more reference is made to the role of people – in the North as well as in the South – and their opportunities for action as global citizens, and education is understood as a personal and social process.


(former) Federal Ministry for Education, Science and Culture

Measured in terms of personal prosperity, about one sixth of the world’s population enjoys an extraordinarily high standard of living, […]; at the same time, about half of the world’s inhabitants continue to fight against extreme poverty.

from the preface

Editorial office

Franz Halbartschlager (Südwind)
Barbara Helm (IZ)

About the manual

The handbook offers a short overview of Global Learning and presents some projects that have been carried out on this topic in Austria. The presentation is incomplete, the criterion for the selection was the claim to show the thematic and methodological diversity of Global Learning. The handbook is aimed at all people interested in global issues, but especially at teachers* and students*. The presentation of examples of good practice is intended to inspire and motivate them to implement project ideas themselves in order to “help shape globalization”.