Development /global education

There are still two terms used side by side – development education and global education, and there are a lot of definitions for both of them.

Development education is an active learning process, founded on values of solidarity, equality, inclusion and co-operation. It enables people to move from basic awareness of international development priorities and sustainable human development, through understanding of the causes and effects of global issues to personal involvement and informed actions.

Development education fosters the full participation of all citizens in world-wide poverty eradication, and the fight against exclusion. It seeks to influence more just and sustainable economic, social, environmental, human rights based national and international policies.”
DE Forum definition, 2004.

The Maastricht global education declaration (2002) states:

Global education is education that opens people’s eyes and minds to the realities of the globalised world and awakens them to bring about a world of greater justice, equity and Human Rights for all.

Global education is understood to encompass Development Education, Human Rights Education, Education for Sustainability, Education for Peace and Conflict Prevention and Intercultural Education; being the global dimension of Education for Citizenship.
(from here)


At the European level, the DARE forum plays a key role in promoting Development Awareness Raising and Education (DARE). It is one of CONCORD core working group, and gathers representatives of national platforms and of networks. The DARE Forum has several sub working groups, focusing on specific DEAR related issues.

At the national level, key players are the national platforms and their member organisations. In Latvia it is LAPAS and several its member organizations working in this field.

DEEEP is a programme initiated by the Development Awareness Raising and Education Forum of CONCORD that aims at strengthening capacities of NGDOs to raise awareness, educate and mobilise the European public for world-wide poverty eradication and social inclusion. DEEEP is co-funded by the European Union.

DEEEP Objectives:

1. On-going pan-European and National coordination, networking, exchange, learning and systematisation mechanisms are actively supported and coordinated

2. Political support to Development Education at European and National level is increased and translated into concrete strategies and policies

3. A pan-European multi-actor reference framework on quality Development/Global Education is developed

4. Skills and knowledge of Development/Global Education practitioners are improved and increased all over the EU-27

More information here.