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From Development Education to Global Citizenship Education

02 December 2021, 1:30 pm–2:45 pm

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In this webinar, Jan Van Ongevalle will elaborate how changing paradigms and practices in international development cooperation resonate with evolving trends in Development Education and Global Citizenship Education.

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In this webinar, Jan will discuss his contribution to "International Development Cooperation Today: A Radical Shift Towards a Global Paradigm". 

He will zoom in on the gradual shift that has taken place over time from a traditional aid perspective that places the aid system at the centre of development education (charity perspective), over a more technical focus on economic development (economic development perspective), to placing rights-based thinking at the core (global justice perspective). While these different perspectives have not started neatly the one after the other, and still co-exist together, there seems to be a tangible shift in where the momentum is going, towards a global justice perspective and education for global citizenship.

During the presentation Jan will also zoom in on some of the approaches and possible pitfalls that come with each of these perspectives, and will also share some thoughts on how these trends are informing the current reformulation of the Belgian national strategy on global citizenship education, a process that is currently ongoing and which Jan is partly involved in.


Liam Wegimont and La Salete Coelho will react to the topics discussed and help stimulate discussion. Time will be given over after the presentation to a Q&A with participants.

This event will be particularly useful for those interested in development education, international development and global citizenship education.

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About the Speakers

Jan Van Ongevalle

Research manager at HIVA-KU Leuven

Jan leads the research group “Global Development”. He has more than 15 years of experience as a practitioner in the education sector in Africa, and 12 years as senior researcher and research manager on various global development issues. His research approach is practice and policy oriented and covers the following main research areas in the field of global development: global citizenship education, complexity oriented planning, monitoring and evaluation and actor focused theories of change, informal economy and decent work, civil society and the sustainable development goals.

Liam Wegimont

Executive Director at GENE – Global Education Network Europe

Liam has been involved in education for social change, local and global, in formal and non-formal education, in a variety of roles, for over 30 years. Currently Executive Director of GENE, the European network Ministries and Agencies with national responsibility for Global Education in European countries. He is currently on secondment to GENE from the Irish Department of Education. He is currently on secondment to GENE from the Irish Department of Education.

He co-founded GENE, and co-initiated ANGEL – the Academic Network on Global Education Learning. He is a member of the editorial Board of the International Journal of Development Education and Global Learning Institute of Education, UCL, London, and of Sinergias ED, CEAUP, Oporto. Jan has also been visiting lecturer in teacher education and global learning at Fredrich-Alexander University, Erlangen-Nurnberg and Trinity College, Dublin. And he also grows vegetables.

La Salete Coelho

Researcher and educator at University of Porto and Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo

La Salete is pursuing a PhD at the Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain). She has a degree in History, with specialisation in education, a Master of Arts in History of Education, and a Master of Arts in Social Economy. Recently, she has received the title of Expert in Teachers’ Education and Educational Sciences, in the field of Global Citizenship Education. She has experience as an educator and consultant in Development Cooperation projects in Portugal, Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau. Currently she is working on Development Education as a researcher and as an educator in several national and European projects at the Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo and at the Centre for African Studies of the University of Oporto. She is a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Sinergias – educational dialogues for social change and of the ANGEL Advisory Board.