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Integrating Buddhist/Soka perspectives into global citizenship education

23 May 2019, 5:30 pm–7:00 pm

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As part of the Development Education Research Centre (DERC) seminar series, Dr Namrata Sharma presents on integrating Buddhist and Soka perspectives within UNESCO-led discourse and the practice of global citizenship education.

Event Information

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Kester Muller


Room 901
UCL Institute of Education (IOE)
20 Bedford Way

The UNESCO initiative of global citizenship education is gaining popularity worldwide. At the same time, there is a dearth of literature that explores values-based perspectives that can contribute to the intercultural dimension of global citizenship education.

Reflecting on key outcomes from her long-term research and publications, Dr Sharma shares the example of 'soka' (or 'value-creation') as both a concept and a rapidly growing movement of Buddhists who have endorsed several United Nations initiatives.

Through her work Dr. Sharma argues the importance of paying attention to different philosophical understandings and values-based perspectives that can bring forth diverse and creative solutions to global issues. Doing this can also propel people and communities to take part in local, national, regional, and global solutions as engaged citizenry whose values inform their action for positive personal, social and environmental transformation.

This seminar would be suitable for academics, students, civil societies and faith-based organisations working in the field of global citizenship and sustainable development. 

DERC seminar series 

Organised by the Development Education Research Centre (DERC), this series of seminars examines new thinking and discussion on development education, global learning and global citizenship.

The events are public, but likely would be of particular interest to academics and researchers, post-graduate students, teachers and college lecturers, and NGO workers.


About the Speaker

Namrata Sharma

Dr Namrata Sharma is an adjunct professor at the State University of New York and an academic advisor with AlphaPlus consultancy, UK. Her research areas include global citizenship, international and comparative education. She is the author of 'Value-creating global citizenship education: Engaging Gandhi, Makiguchi, and Ikeda as examples' (Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).