Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia, in collaboration with the Asia-Pacific Center of Education for International Understanding (APCEIU), under the auspices of UNESCO, holds Training of Trainers (ToT) and Global Citizenship Education (GCED)

Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia and the Asia-Pacific Center of Education for International Understanding (APCEIU), under the auspices of UNESCO, hold a Training of Trainers (ToT) on Global Citizenship Education from June 6 to 8, 2023, which is located in the city of Bandung and Campus Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia. This activity aims to provide the overall GCED concept to selected UPI faculty members who will become the GCED core trainers and researchers. The outcomes of this TOT will be the GCED courses designed for teacher education in Indonesia.

The Training of Trainers (ToT) was attended by presenters: Ms. Yangsook Lee, Unesco APCEIU; Dr. Min Joung Park, Unesco APCEIU; Prof. Dr. Rohizani Yaakub, GCED, expert, University Sains Malaysia; Prof. Dr. Dasim Budimansyah, M.Si, Director of GCC-Indonesia, Professor in Sociology of Citizenship; Prof. Ace Suryadi, M.Sc, Deputy Director of GCC-Indonesia, Professor in Economics of Education.  The activity was also attended by the Vice Rector for Education and Student Affairs Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia Prof. Dr. Didi Sukyadi, M.A; coordinators, namely Prof. Dr. Danny Meirawan, M.Pd., Coordinator of Training GCC-Indonesia, Professor in Technical Engineering, and Dr. Ridwan Purnama, S.H., M.Si., Coordinator of R&D GCC-Indonesia, Associate Professor in Education Law, Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia.

The training of trainers (ToT) materials discussed are understanding interconnectedness and diversity, deepening understanding of GCED, the conceptual framework of GCED, and UNESCO’s guidance. Promoting GCED in the Asia-Pacific Region and Introducing Teaching-Learning Resources Available: GCED Practice in Schools in Korea, Malaysia, and Indonesia Current Situation of GCED in Indonesia, GCED Integration in Teacher Education, Designing GCED Courses for Teachers, and Action Plan Development Working in Group: How to Integrate GCED at Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia.

Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia and the Asia-Pacific Center of Education for International Understanding (APCEIU) under the auspices of UNESCO have expressed their commitment and interest in joining efforts to promote and develop cooperation in Global Citizenship Education (GCED) in Indonesia. The collaboration will enhance the capacities of teacher education institutions in GCED through the implementation of the GCED Cooperation Center Project in four areas: teacher training in GCED, GCED curriculum and course development, GCED research and policy development, and dissemination of information on GCED.

Ms. Yangsook Lee explained Training of Trainers (ToT) is part of the GCED Cooperation Center in Indonesia. GCED is an educational approach that emphasizes developing students’ competencies, values, and attitudes to enable them to become active and responsible global citizens. Its aim is to promote understanding of global issues, cultural diversity, social justice, human rights, and sustainable development. GCED aims to improve students’ critical thinking, problem solving, and decision-making skills, as well as their ability to collaborate with people from different cultural backgrounds.

Prof. Dr. Dasim Budimansyah, M.Si., said The objective of this workshop is twofold: to enhance the capacity of UPI faculty members in GCED and to discuss the integration of GCED at UPI and beyond. Through the lectures by GCED international experts and national GCED specialists. Prof. Dr. Dasim Budimansyah, M.Si., is confident that participants will gain advanced knowledge of GCED and be able to design GCED courses for teacher education in Indonesia. We have a diverse group of participants for this workshop, including UPI faculty members, primary, secondary, and high school teachers from Bandung, as well as representatives from the Provincial Education Office of West Java.

Prof. Dr. Didi Sukyadi, M.A., said Global Citizenship Education (GCE) is more important than ever in today’s world, where we face complex global challenges such as climate change, poverty, inequality, transnational crimes, and some geopolitical issues. It aims to empower individuals to become good, smart, and responsible global citizens who can contribute to building a more peaceful, just, and sustainable world. It is essential to develop the capacity of educators to deliver quality GCED programs that equip learners with the necessary knowledge, skills, and values for global citizenship.

GCED is not just about knowledge acquisition but also about values and skill development, such as empathy, respect, dialogue, collaboration, and action. GCED is an approach to education at all levels and types of education, from early childhood to higher education, formal and non-formal education, and lifelong learning. GCED is a cross-cutting theme that can be integrated into various subjects and activities and requires innovative pedagogies that engage learners in experiential and transformative learning. This also has a strong policy dimension on the global agenda for sustainable development, as it requires the support of policymakers and authorities to create an enabling environment for GCED to thrive. The partnership reflects our shared commitment to promoting quality education for all and building a culture of peace and global citizenship.