International symposium on the education of global citizens

Discovering the potential of partnerships

Finnish National Board of Education organised a symposium on the education of global citizens in cooperation with Global Education Network, Europe (GENE), Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and Hanasaari – the Swedish-Finnish Cultural Center. The symposium took place from 5 May to 7 May 2014 in Espoo, Finland.


The symposium addressed five key issues:

  1. Global Education Across Curricula: Trends, Conceptual Foundations and Policy Learning
  2. Reform of Basic Education Curriculum in Finland – Mainstreaming Global Education?
  3. Role of Partnerships in Creating Global Responsibility – Releasing the Potential
  4. Reciprocity, Equality and Equity in the Education of Global Citizens
  5. Strategic Steps in the Implementation of Global Education

To meet the needs of future learners, the symposium discussed and further developed ideas, insights and visions concerning the issues above. Thoughts were elaborated in dialogues, workshops and key note speeches.


Keynote speakers for the symposium included

  • Irmeli Halinen, Head of Curriculum Development, FNBE, Finland
  • Helmuth Hartmeyer, Director, Austrian Development Agency, Chairperson of GENE
  • Karen Pashby, Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Oulu, Finland
  • Liam Wegimont, Policy Advisor to GENE, Principal Mount Temple Comprehensive, Ireland
  • Werner Wintersteiner, Professor, University of Klagenfurt, Austria

Highlights from the International Symposium on the Education of Global Citizens – Discovering the Potential of Partnerships, 5.–7.5.2014, Hanasaari, Espoo, Finland