The United Nations Secretary-General’s Global Education First Initiative (UNSG GEFI) will organize an Eastern Europe Regional Advocacy Workshop on Global Citizenship Education (GCED) for young people from 3 to 6 May 2016 in Chișinău, Republic of Moldova.
Organized in partnership with the Ministry of Youth and Sports of the Republic of Moldova, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Peer to Peer Education Network, Y-PEER Moldova, the workshop aims to build the capacity of dynamic youth leaders from Eastern Europe to advocate for global citizenship education. Regional Youth Advocacy Workshop on Global Citizenship Education

On 25 September 2015, world leaders gathered at the UN Summit for Sustainable Development and adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This workshop will provide participants with a global platform to discuss with other young leaders how to ensure the successful achievement of the development goals for a more equal, just, prosperous and peaceful world by integrating concepts of GCED into practices at the local, national, regional and global levels.

Attending participants will be asked to identify specific aspects of GCED and advocacy, reflecting on the global challenges and newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Working both individually and in groups, the young people will expand on these topics, devising advocacy goals and strategies for use locally, nationally and regionally. Participants will also engage in information sessions and workshops at the training to support them in this task, on areas such as ‘Advocacy tools to build strategies’, and ‘Bottom-up planning for advocacy campaigns’.

Approximately 40 participants, between the ages of 18 and 24, will be selected on the basis of their past/ongoing engagement and future commitment in educating youth at the local and national levels around GCED. Participants must have a minimum of two years’ experience in youth advocacy activities, an understanding of GCED issues and priorities, and a proven record of influencing change at the local or national levels. Participants from Russia, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Moldova, Croatia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Belarus, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia are encouraged to apply.

Applications in English must be submitted by midnight of Sunday, 20th March 2016 (EST), and successful applicants will be notified on 25 March 2016 (EST). Travel and local expenses will be covered for all successful applicants. This Workshop is supported by Educate A Child (EAC).