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Value-Creating Global Citizenship Education for Sustainable Development

Strategies and Approaches


About this book


This book discusses value-creating global citizenship education as a pedagogical approach developed by taking Soka studies as a focal point of inquiry. It uses a values-based lens to examine education for sustainable development and global citizenship. The author proposes curriculum, teaching, learning, and policy to address issues including climate change, human rights, and peace, while also engaging with the educational crises posed by current and potential future pandemics. Overall, these strategies move beyond education for individual empowerment in order to foster citizens capable of taking collective actions for local-global issues. The proposals emphasize the need to build relationships between learners and their natural-social-educational environment through formal, non-formal, and informal learning.


Development Education soka education non-Western perspectives Sustainable Development goals Global citizenship Global Education Network Europe Gandhi studies in education

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Ann ArborUSA

About the authors

Namrata Sharma is on the faculty at the State University of New York, USA, and an expert with the United Nations’ Harmony with Nature Knowledge Network. She is also an international education consultant and author of several books, including Value-Creating Global Citizenship Education: Engaging Gandhi, Makiguchi, and Ikeda as Examples (2018).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Value-Creating Global Citizenship Education for Sustainable Development
  • Book Subtitle Strategies and Approaches
  • Authors Namrata Sharma
  • Series Title Palgrave Studies in Global Citizenship Education and Democracy
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Studies in Global Citizenship Education and Democracy
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-58061-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-58062-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIX, 155
  • Number of Illustrations 6 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Educational Policy and Politics
    International and Comparative Education
    Educational Philosophy
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“In many of the discussions, policies, and bodies of practice around Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship, value-creating perspectives have all too often been ignored. This excellent volume by Namrata Sharma provides a welcome and much needed response incorporating philosophical debates, review of policies, and examples of practice.” —Douglas Bourn, Professor and Co-Director of the Development Education Research Centre, University College London – Institute of Education, UK

 “In these unprecedentedly difficult times, value-creating global citizenship education embodies an insightful and thought-provoking pedagogical approach for sustainable development, peace, and human rights. Sharma provides a groundbreaking, non-Western perspective to reframe Global Citizenship Education from a values-based angle.” —Massimiliano Tarozzi, Professor and Director, International Research Centre on Global Citizenship Education, University of Bologna, Italy

 “This book is a gift to be shared with anyone who believes in education as the pathway to peace and sustainability. Inclusive and comprehensive—a must read book.”—Wendy Yee Mei Tien, Senior Lecturer and Director for the Centre for Internship Training and Academic enrichment (CITrA), University of Malaya, Malaysia