Bridge 47 – Building Global Citizenship
Bridge 47 – Building Global Citizenship is a project co-created and implemented by 16 European and global civil society organisations. It seeks to mobilise and empower global civil society to contribute to a transformation towards global justice and eradication of poverty through Global Citizenship Education (GCE).
Global citizenship education helps people develop a deep and comprehensive understanding of how our world and its citizens are interdependent. With the help of this understanding, people can directly and actively participate in the political arena, make informed decisions and demand coherent policies for a more equal world from their decision-makers.
Agenda 2030, which all UN member states agreed upon in 2015, considers education central in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. For the first time in the global context, it recognizes that parallel efforts are needed to ensure that lifelong learners of different ages and backgrounds acquire the knowledge and skills to promote sustainable development, as outlined in detail by target 4.7. of the Sustainable Development Goals.
The Bridge 47 project builds a global coalition to forward this target and to collaborate around Global Citizenship Education – the Bridge 47 Network. In addition to coordinating the Bridge 47 Network, the project aims to advocate for policies that reflect the essential role of GCE in delivering the Sustainable Development Goals, build new partnerships between different actors and increase the capacity of European civil society to develop and use innovative approaches to GCE.
This project is funded by the European Union. It started in October 2017 and will continue until October 2020.
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The project consortium consist of two global networks (CIVICUS and ICAE), three national development education networks (Educasol in France, IDEA in Ireland and IDEAS in Scotland), six national CSO platforms (BPID in Bulgaria, AKÜ in Estonia, Kehys in Finland, VENRO in Germany, MVRO in Slovakia and SLOGA in Slovenia), four organisations working on GCE (NGO Support Centre in Cyprus, MUNDU in Denmark, Center for Education Initiatives in Latvia and Media Education Centre in Serbia), and a European research network (EADI).
The Bridge 47 Network
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) mark a new global commitment to transform our societies and economies. Now a new approach to education is needed: an approach that prepares all learners to act for sustainable development.
This new approach is included in target 4.7. within Goal 4 of Agenda 2030, requiring the world to ensure that by 2030 all learners are equipped with necessary competences to make the transition to a peaceful and sustainable global community. The implementation of SDG 4, quality education, is a fundamental requirement if we are to achieve any of the SDGs. We acknowledge that efforts have been done prior to the SDGs for education to contribute to sustainable development. However, much of these efforts and achievements have focused on formal education. Lifelong learning, informal and non-formal education parallel with formal education are all crucial to make this change happen.
Many actors around the world have been successfully advocating for the target 4.7. to be integrated in the SDGs. But now that it is included, where do we start the work?
With several partners that have been very involved in the advocacy for the SDG on education, we have come together to address this need. Active individuals all over the world have set up the Bridge 47 Network for all who are interested in working together on reaching this target.
The Bridge 47 Network aims to build bridges between all types of ’value-based educations’ and all kind of educational actors at local, regional and global levels, to support each other, facilitate cooperation and achieve target 4.7. together. Our mission is to build bridges between different educations by sharing, learning and doing things together.
The Finnish NGDO platform to the EU, Kehys, volunteered to act as the facilitating organisation during the formative stages of the network. The members of the Bridge 47 Network represent different educations, like global education, education for sustainable development, peace education and human rights education, from the very local level to global institutions like UNESCO, from national NGO networks to researchers, from the formal sector to informal and non-formal education, and from campaigners to teachers.
The common goal is to promote SDG 4.7. by bridging different levels (global, regional, national), bridging different educations, organising events, sharing information and advocating.