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Global Citizenship Education

Critical and International Perspectives

  • Opens new perspectives on and counterbalances the mainstreaming of the global citizenship education discourse in global agendas

  • Brings a comparative and critical approach to citizenship education at local, national and global levels

  • Gives a voice to stakeholders from geographic regions that are too often overlooked in the global citizenship education debate

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Table of contents (15 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Global Citizenship Education: Recognizing Diversity in a Global World

      • Abdeljalil Akkari, Kathrine Maleq
      Pages 3-13Open Access
  3. Latin America

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 15-15
    2. Citizenship, Social Exclusion and Education in Latin America: The Case of Brazil

      • Mylene Santiago, Abdeljalil Akkari
      Pages 17-30Open Access
    3. Paraguayan Indigenous Peoples and the Challenge of Citizenship

      • Dominique Demelenne
      Pages 31-42Open Access
  4. Asia and Pacific

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 43-43
    2. The Construction of Citizenship in Kazakhstan Between the Soviet Era and Globalization

      • Almash Seidikenova, Abdeljalil Akkari, Aitkali Bakitov
      Pages 57-69Open Access
  5. Africa

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 87-87
    2. Citizenship Education in Niger: Challenges and Perspectives

      • Moussa Mohamed Sagayar
      Pages 89-98Open Access
    3. Global Citizenship Education in West Africa: A Promising Concept?

      • Thibaut Lauwerier
      Pages 99-109Open Access
  6. North Africa

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 111-111
    2. Citizenship Education in Post-conflict Contexts: The Case of Algeria

      • Naouel Abdellatif Mami
      Pages 113-124Open Access
    3. Women’s Rights, Democracy and Citizenship in Tunisia

      • Halima Ouanada
      Pages 125-136Open Access
  7. Europe and North America

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 137-137
  8. International Education and Innovation

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 175-175

About this book

This open access book takes a critical and international perspective to the mainstreaming of the Global Citizenship Concept and analyses the key issues regarding global citizenship education across the world. In that respect, it addresses a pressing need to provide further conceptual input and to open global citizenship agendas to diversity and indigeneity.
Social and political changes brought by globalisation, migration and technological advances of the 21st century have generated a rise in the popularity of the utopian and philosophical idea of global citizenship. In response to the challenges of today’s globalised and interconnected world, such as inequality, human rights violations and poverty, global citizenship education has been invoked as a means of preparing youth for an inclusive and sustainable world.   
In recent years, the development of global citizenship education and the building of students’ global citizenship competencies have become a focal point in global agendas for education, international educational assessments and international organisations. However, the concept of global citizenship education still remains highly contested and subject to multiple interpretations, and its operationalisation in national educational policies proves to be challenging.  
This volume aims to contribute to the debate, question the relevancy of global citizenship education’s policy objectives and to enhance understanding of local perspectives, ideologies, conceptions and issues related to citizenship education on a local, national and global level. To this end, the book provides a comprehensive and geographically based overview of the challenges citizenship education faces in a rapidly changing global world through the lens of diversity and inclusiveness.


  • Global social justice in education
  • Global Citizenship Education GCE
  • Preparing youth for a sustainable world
  • 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
  • United Nations
  • Citizenship education
  • Intercultural education
  • Multicultural education
  • Education for sustainable development
  • Education for social justice
  • Global competence
  • International educational policies
  • Open Access



Editors and Affiliations

  • Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland

    Abdeljalil Akkari

  • University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland

    Kathrine Maleq

About the editors

Abdeljalil Akkari is a professor and the director of the research group on international education at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. He is also visiting professor at the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Kazakhstan. Abdeljalil Akkari is a regular consultant for UNESCO and other international organizations. He was the Dean of research at the Higher Pedagogical Institute HEP-BEJUNE (Bienne, Switzerland) and assistant professor at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (Baltimore, United States). His main experience and major publications include studies on international cooperation, educational planning, multicultural education, teacher training and educational inequalities. His principal research interests are currently centered on teacher education and reforms of educational systems in a comparative and international perspective.    

Kathrine Maleq is a research and teaching fellow at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, University of Geneva, Switzerland. Previously, she was responsible for the design, coordination, implementation and evaluation of nationwide and regional education for peace programs for an NGO. Her research focuses on Global Citizenship Education, multicultural education, preschool-family collaboration from a cross-cultural perspective and early childhood education in the Global South.

Bibliographic Information

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Softcover Book USD 49.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
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