The Bridge 47 Network

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted in September 2016. They 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.

To learn more and engage, join us on Facebook or send an email to bridge47(at)kehys.fi.

Bridge 47 – Building Global Citizenship

The EU-funded Bridge 47 – Building Global Citizenship -project aims to mobilize global civil society to contribute effectively to global justice and eradication of poverty through global citizenship. The project started in October 2017 and will continue until October 2020.

Kehys is the lead agency of the project, and responsible for coordinating the global Bridge 47 Network, which is one of the outcomes of the project. The project assists in setting up sustainable working structures for the network and facilitates the coordination of the network. The aim is to set up the network in such a way that the network and its activities can be sustained by the network members themselves, and they are no longer dependent on external funding after the project has ended.

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 SDGs, build new partnerships between different actors and increase the capacity of European CSOs to develop and use innovative approaches to GCE.

The project consortium consist of two global networks (CIVICUS and ICAE), three national development education networks (in France, Ireland and Scotland), six national CSO platforms (in Bulgaria, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Slovakia and Slovenia), four organisations active in GCE (in Cyprus, Denmark, Latvia and Serbia), and a European research network (EADI).