Education for International Understanding (EIU) is a holistic and
education initiative to promote a Culture of Peace. EIU is anchored in the concept of genuine
peace which aims to transcend the notion of peace as merely the absence of war. It advocates
participatory democracy, human rights and dignity, social and economic equity, ecological
sustainability, and peaceful reconciliation of conflicts. Thus EIU is interchangeably referred
to as global education, international education, peace education or global citizenship education
depending on the context.
Global Citizenship Education (GCED) is a transformative and holistic pedagogy that aims to change a local and global society toward a more just, peaceful and sustainable place by empowering learners as global citizens. GCED aims to empower learners to become agents of social change, by encouraging “knowledge (cognitive domain) touches the heart (socio-emotional domain) and turns into action to bring about positive change (behavioral domain)”. It encourages learners to critically understand power discourses underlying local and global problems and tackle the roots of those challenges, leading to making positive changes in a society.
|Cognitive||To acquire knowledge, understanding, and critical thinking about global, regional, national, and local issues and the interconnectedness and interdependency of different countries and populations|
|Socio-Emotional||To have a sense of belonging to common humanity, sharing values and responsibilities, empathy, solidarity and respect for difference and diversity|
|Behavioural||To act ethically, responsibly, and actively at local, national and global levels for a more peaceful and sustainable world.|