ICT-Integrated Innovative Education for Global Citizenship to Eliminate Poverty

  • DATE & TIME: July 19, Wednesday, 2017.  9:30am – 11:30am
  • VENUE: Baha’i International conference room, 866 United Nations Plaza, Suite 120, New York
  • HOST & SPONSOR: IVECA International Virtual Schooling
  • CO-SPONSORS: The Permanent Missions of Rep. of Korea and Tunisia to the UN, UN DPI/NGO Executive Committee, CoNGO Committee on Education, Learning and Literacy, Legion of Good Will, Young Global Leadership Foundation
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Global citizens understand their individual perspectives and actions impact the values and practices of the local and world community. Education for Global Citizenship (EGC) empowers learners to proactively participate in resolving challenges around them as well as larger society with compassion for others and respect for human dignity, local cultures, and knowledge systems. Ultimately, the learners become change makers contributing to peace, justice, and sustainable development. Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) suggest all students, including those in underserved and developing areas, can have more accessible and cross-culturally collaborative learning opportunities for innovation.

The UN Sustainable Development Goal 4, quality education with an emphasis on Global Citizenship, provides a global to local platform to address the High-Level Political Forum’s first objective: Promoting sustainable development towards the eradication of poverty. Goal 4 is considered the linking SDG to transcend all the SDGs, also through introducing and implementing the role and responsibilities of the global citizen.  According to UNESCO, global citizenship education is at the epicenter with its vast avenues to elevate learners’ sense of dignity and self-respect to contribute to society beyond their survival, through cognitive and socio-emotional learning processes.

This side event will explore holistic and ethical approaches to integrate global citizenship and ICT into formal education through school curriculum and informal education through experiential learning.  Identifying core competencies required for global citizens in this interconnected and interdependent society, the panelists will discuss essential elements of EGC as a driving force to eradicate poverty and further to facilitate innovation for a better life.  Best practices and public-private partnership initiatives in the United States, Latin America, Africa, Middle East, and Asia will be introduced to demonstrate how ICT-integrated EGC empowers learners from culturally and socioeconomically various environments to work together towards a more peaceful, prosperous and positive global society in the 21st Century.

The key aspects this panel addresses are:

  1. The role of education for global citizenship in achieving the SDGs, in particular to eradicate poverty
  2. Ingredients to share global citizenship education for development: quality teacher, ICT, intercultural and holistic curriculum integration framework, and education policy and finance
  3. Technology integration to reduce global divide in access to quality learning for innovation and to expand learners’ economic engagement internationally as well as in their community
  4. The power of public-private partnership in tackling obstacles and expanding quality education sustainably to reduce poverty through innovation


MODERATOR: Dr. Joseph DeMeyer, Vice-Chair, CoNGO Committee on Education, Learning and Literacy (NGO CELL)


  1. H.E. Ambassador Choong-hee Hahn, The Permanent Mission of Republic of Korea to the United Nations
  2. H. E. Ambassador Riadh Ben Sliman, The Permanent Mission of Tunisia to the United Nations
  3. Ms. Lily Gray, Program Officer for Education, UNESCO Office in New York
  4. Dr. Eunhee Jung, Founder, IVECA International Virtual Schooling & IVECA-KOREA, and Co-Chair, NGO Steering Committee for an International Day of Education for Global Citizenship
  5. Ms. Ann Woo, Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship, Samsung Electronics America
  6. Mr. Danilo Parmegiani, Executive Director, Legion of Good Will – Latin America
  7. Ms. Elizabeth Patterson, Founder, Girls Education Initiative Ghana
  8. Mr. Ned Kirsch, Superintendent at the District of Franklin Supervisory Union, Vermont, U.S.A.