Youth Global Citizenship Network in the Arab States


Youth are not just beneficiaries of UNESCO’s work – they are essential actors in promoting its values and spreading its mission in addition to finding solutions to key issues faced in the world today. Their energy and leadership has been demonstrated across the world, and they must be fully engaged in development efforts themselves and supported in this work by their societies.

For this, we invite youth from the Arab States to join the Youth Global Citizens Network which aims at promoting Global Citizenship Education (GCED) and contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals with a specific focus on target 4.7. This network intends to:

- Connect young citizens from the region together in order to promote GCED.

- Empower a group of young advocates in the region with leadership skills oriented towards positive actions related to promoting peace and tolerance.

- Mobilize youth to influence policies decisions at national and regional levels to adopt GCED into national systems.

Facilitate collaborative learning efforts among youth across and beyond the region. 

 

Network Areas of Focus 


- Global Citizenship in Policies and Practice

- Preventing Violent Extremism

- Intercultural Dialogue

- Youth Volunteering

 

What is meant by GCED?

GCED promotes those values, knowledge and skills that are based on and instill respect for human rights, social justice, diversity, gender equality and environmental sustainability and that empower young people to be responsible global citizens. It can be promoted through schools, universities, youth or social clubs, mosques, churches, sport clubs, etc….

 

 

Youth Selection Criteria

Candidates fulfill the below criteria:

- Between the age of 18 and 35;

- Well versed in current national/international youth policies and/or development debates, especially in global citizenship, preventing violence and building peace;

- Able to work in a team;

- Possess good communication and interpersonal skills, and problem solving abilities, with adaptability and flexibility;

- Show commitment to develop and implement an action-oriented project in their own country or community in order to raise awareness about key issues related to global citizenship Motivated to improve the lives of others and their actions and work;

- Able to easily and frequently access social media platforms such as Facebook or Twitter during the run-up to the conference week.

- Commitment to remain in the network for at least full two years.

- Fluency in Arabic and English.

- Have a valid passport.

 


Preference will be given to those candidates who are active in a professional association or other related group; or affiliated with a university, government agency, or national or international NGO. Geographical and gender balance will be respected.


Network Program for 2017/2018

Selected candidates will commit to at least two years program designed to build a strong foundation of essential knowledge and skills in the following areas:

- Global Issues and Awareness. Youth will gain a deeper understanding of current issues affecting young people and their communities regionally and globally, which will strengthen their awareness of and connection to the broader GCED community.

- Leadership Development. Youth will have ample opportunity to enhance their leadership and advocacy skills, and put new learning into practice through implementation of their own positive action-oriented projects.


This curriculum will be delivered to participants through a variety of methods:

Face-to-Face

 

Youth will receive face to face training at two key events:

 

* Participation in an international conference on Youth Volunteering and Dialogue: Best Practices for Preventing Violent Extremism and Promoting Social Inclusion (12 – 14 April 2017, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris/France)

 

* Participation in a regional network meeting on Youth Promoting Global Citizenship in the Arab States (June 2017) Online Platform Youth will receive regular email updates with current information and resources relevant to their mission as global citizens Regional Networks Integrating youth members into existing regional networks is a key component of the program

 

Online Platform

Youth will receive regular email updates with current information and resources relevant to their mission as global citizens

Regional Networks

Integrating youth members into existing regional networks is a key component of the program

 

 

Click here to download the application form

Click here to download the application form (Arabic Edition)