Side Event:  #NGOCELL, #CSocD55, #SDGs

Global Citizenship for Social Development: Universal Curriculum Design

and ICT-Facilitated Intercultural Learning Environments for All Students

[ SDG #1, #4, #5, and #17]

  • Date and time: February 6, 11:45 – 13:00
  • Location: United Nations HQ Conference Room E
  • Host: NGO Committee on Education, Learning and Literacy (NGO CELL)
  • Co-sponsors: Society for Psychology Study of Social Issues, Manhattan Multicultural Counseling, IVECA Center for International Virtual Schooling, and Legion of Goodwill-USA



The use of Universal Design for Learning and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) enable more accessible and cross-culturally collaborative learning environments for all learners, including those with disabilities, both in the U.S. and globally. This side event explores how education can contribute to reducing poverty and enhancing human life and what kind of teaching and learning best address the needs of all learners. The panelists discuss the theory-based framework to apply universal curriculum design that engages various learners and cultural diversity and promotes intercultural competence of global citizenship. By introducing best practices of using ICT and emerging technologies in the United States, Africa, Latin America, and Asia, the panelists recommend universal and global learning environment for all students including girls from different cultures and diverse socioeconomic backgrounds.

The key aspects this panel addresses are:

  1.     Principles and application of Universal Design for Learning
  2.     Curriculum design framework and global virtual learning to develop intercultural competence
  3.     Education and ICT for children in Brazil, and refugees and migrants in Latin America
  4.     Academic support and finance for Ghanaian girls and those with special needs.
  5.     UNESCO’s perspective: SDG4 and education for global citizenship



11:45: Opening – Introduction to NGO CELL and Panel

  • Dr. Joseph Demeyer: Main Representative of Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) to the UN-ECOSOC and DPI
  • Mr. Reginald Bennett Jr. (Moderator): Teacher, Music and Special Education, Reach Academy

11:50: Panel Discussion

  • Dr. Carol Kennedy, Main Representative of Manhattan Multicultural Counseling to the UN-ECOSOC; and Educational Technology Consultant, Fordham University
  • Dr. Eunhee Jung, Founder & Executive Director, IVECA International Virtual Schooling; Main Representative of IVECA to the UN-ECOSOC and UN-DPI
  • Mr. Danilo Parmegiani, Executive Director, Legion of Good Will-USA; and Main Representative of LGW to the UN-ECOSOC
  • Ms. Elizabeth Akua-Nyarko Patterson, MPA, Founder & Executive Director of the Girls Education Initiative of Ghana (GEIG)
  • Ms. Lily Gray, Liaison Officer at the UNESCO Office in New York

12:45 – 13:00: Questions and answers

  • From the floor and twitter (#NGOCELL, #CSocD55)
  • Next steps  



Dr. Joseph Demeyer is a Clinical psychologist in private practice. Since 2000 UN representative of the society for the psychological study of social issues SPSSI. Former executive committee member NGO committee on mental health. Present vice chair NGO committee on education, learning and literacy. Member of the youth subcommittee DPI NGO executive committee and the NGO steering committee international day of education for global citizenship.



Screen Shot 2017-01-18 at 12.48.03 AMMr. Reginald Bennett Jr., is a music educator, singer and performing concert artist. He teaches music at the REACH Academy, a school for special needs students in West Harrison, New York. His classes are designed with the goal of providing multi-sensory, interdisciplinary, and multiple modality educational programs whereby all students are empowered to reach their individual potential, respect and value themselves and others, become life learners, and become productive for themselves, their families, their community and society. Mr. Bennett also works as a concert recital and recording artist performing a unique repertoire of Art Song, Arias, American Songbook, Hip Hop, and Art Rap. Mr. Bennett holds a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance from the Boston Conservatory of Music, and a Master of Music Education degree from New York University.

Screen Shot 2017-01-26 at 10.27.11 PMDr. Carol K. Kennedy is a professor, researcher, author, educational technology consultant and professional development consultant for Fordham University GSE.  She was  Assistant Professor, Director of Educational Technology, Program Director Special Education, LIU Hudson; Educational Technology Consultant for St. Christopher Jenny Clarkson/REACH Academy working with adolescents with Autism; Cadre member of CAST.org.


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is the Founder and Executive Director of IVECA International Virtual Schooling and serves as CEO of IVECA-KOREA and Co-Chair of the NGO Steering Committee for an International Day of Education for Global Citizenship. Her expertise is in using ICTs to transform classroom activities towards globally connected teaching and learning. She is dedicated to promoting interculturally competent global citizens for peace and sustainable development.  She has consulted/worked with K-12 schools, universities, technology firms, NGOs, and ministries/offices of education in the Unites States, Latin America, Asia, Africa, and Australia. She earned  M.Ed and Ph.D. from University of Virginia and B.Ed from Seoul National University of Education.

Screen Shot 2017-01-16 at 2.01.14 PMMr. Danilo Parmegiani is the Legion of Good Will’s Executive Director in the United States and the main representative of the organization to the United Nations.  Danilo has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, Bachelor’s Degree in Education Liberal Arts and is a Licensed Portuguese Teacher.  The Legion of Good Will is a large NGO from Brazil dedicated to promote educational and social assistance services in Latin America, Europe and USA, with a unique approach that embraces Ecumenical Spirituality to promote sustainable development.


Screen Shot 2017-01-15 at 7.31.52 PMMs. Elizabeth A. N. Patterson is the founder and Executive Director of the Girls Education Initiative of Ghana and the President of GEIG-US. Ms. Patterson has myriad experience in education in NY and Ghana. Through her initiative, Ms. Patterson provides academic and financial support for girls including applicants with special needs, so they may access secondary, higher education, and professional opportunities.  She holds a Master’s in public administration, MPA from NYU Wagner School of Public Service.


Screen Shot 2017-01-19 at 10.18.32 PMMs. Lily Gray is a Liaison Officer at UNESCO New York Office where she is responsible for promoting UNESCO’s priorities and programmes in the field of education, culture and social sciences. She also covers the various issues related to the Culture of peace and Gender Equality portfolios. She supports the advocacy efforts on UNESCO’s programs through targeted interventions at the UN bodies such as the General Assembly and ECOSOC, through liaising with the Permanent Missions and New York based UN entities and organizing side-events and exhibits. She served at the Office of the Director-General of UNESCO as a focal point for the United Nations interagency mechanisms. She worked at the Ministry of foreign affairs of Bulgaria and was posted as a diplomat at the United Nations, New York. Lily Valtchanova holds a MSc in International relations from the University of Sofia, Bulgaria.




C.A.S.T.org pioneers work in UDL:

Uses technology to break down barriers to learning, creating and enabling more accessible learning environments for all learners, including those with disabilities, and the impact of UDL. Aspects of cultural variability and diversity, cultural identity and responsiveness, and cultural reciprocity in Special Education will be explored. UDL provides a means to help all students learn and overcome poverty in diverse settings.

Contact: carol.kennedy.PHD@gmail.com | Twitter: @carolkennedyPhD



IVECA International Virtual Schooling:

Screen Shot 2017-01-15 at 6.32.51 PMBy connecting classrooms around the world through the Web platform and video conferencing, IVECA provides intercultural virtual exchange activities that are seamlessly integrated with participant schools’ curricula and institution’s goals. IVECA enables students to study subject matters in global collaboration with partner schools/universities/learning centers and socialize globally.

The goal is to promote young students’ intercultural competence — an ability to understand and reconcile cultural diversity and to communicate and work collaboratively with people who are in different countries and using different languages. IVECA program is designed to produce interculturally competent global Screen Shot 2017-01-15 at 6.51.28 PMcitizens and naturally develops students’ 21st-century skills. These global citizens will become driving forces for peace and sustainable development locally and internationally.  Through IVECA’s projects, schools and universities from 17 countries including Bhutan, Papua New Guinea, Tunisia, Mexico, Guatemala, Brazil, Colombia, and India have globalized their classroom activities.  

IVECA’s programs include 1) K-12 Virtual Classrooms, 2) Teacher Training, 3) University Course Exchange and 4) Virtual Speaker Series.


Contact: info@iveca.org   |   Website: www.iveca.org   |  Virtual Classrooms: http://class1.iveca.org    |  Twitter: @IVECAorg   |  Facebook page: www.facebook.com/IVECAorg  


The Legion of Good Will (Legião da Boa Vontade)

Founded in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on January 1, 1950, the Legion of Good Will (Legião da Boa Vontade) is a non-governmental organization dedicated to providing educational and social assistance for extremely vulnerable communities.  It operates schools, social service centers and elderly homes across 150 cities in seven countries: Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay,  Portugal, and United States. It’s unique approach fosters global citizenship education as the key to building a more just, solidary, altruistic and ecumenical society. The LGW is the only Brazilian NGO in general consultative status with the United Nations/ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council) and has become one of the largest solidarity movements in the world, achieving the significant mark of almost 13 million acts of services provided every year.

LGW mission is to promote Education and Culture with Ecumerical Spirituality, so there may be Food, Security, Health and Work for everyone, in the formation of the Planetary Citizen.

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Contact: info@legionofgoodwill.org| Website: www.legionofgoodwill.org | Facebook page: www.facebook.com/legionofgoodwill


The Girls Education Initiative of Ghana & The Girls Education Initiative of Ghana- US Inc.

The Girls Education Initiative of Ghana (GEIG) and GEIG-US provide academic and financial support for girls including applicants with special needs, so they may access secondary, higher education, and professional opportunities. GEIG-US  participates in education and advocacy programs in New York City and the United States.

The vision of GEIG in partnership with its affiliation, GEIG-US is to transform the lives of young women in Ghana and improve development and poverty reduction of the country overall by offering higher education and professional opportunities to an untapped source of talent.

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Contact: info@girlsedgh.org   | Websites: www.girlsedgh.org;  www.geigus.org  | Twitter: @girlsedgh, @geigusinc  FB- https://www.facebook.com/GEIGUSInc, https://www.facebook.com/GirlsEdGH 


UNESCO Global Citizenship Education

Global Citizenship Education (GCED) is one of the strategic areas of UNESCO’s Education Sector programme for the period 2014-2021.

Connected within the Target 4.7, Global Citizenship Education (GCED) and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) are recognized as mutually reinforcing approaches, with commonalities and specificities. Both prioritize the relevance and content of education in order to ensure that education helps build a peaceful and sustainable world. Both also emphasize the need to foster the knowledge, skills, values, attitudes and behaviours that allow individuals to take informed decisions and assume active roles locally, nationally and globally. However, they have different agendas, discourses and international policy frameworks. They also have distinct thematic areas of focus and as a result partly different stakeholder groups.

Forcused areas are: Global advocacy and policy dialogue, The global measurement of progress on GCED and ESD (SDG Target 4.7), Peace and human rights education, Preventing violent extremism through education, and Education about the Holocaust.

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Website: http://en.unesco.org/gced


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