30 November 2023
Yunus Thailand Global Citizenship Education and Social Entrepreneurship Workshop
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Rooms: Bangkok, Thailand
Type: Cat VII – Seminar and training
Arrangement type: Hybrid
he link between Global Citizenship Education (GCED) and social entrepreneurship lies in their shared goal of creating a more equitable and sustainable world. Both approaches empower individuals to take action, think critically, and contribute to positive social change. In addition, by integrating GCED principles into social entrepreneurship initiatives, we can nurture a new generation of socially conscious entrepreneurs who prioritize the well-being of communities and the planet.
In the context of climate change and massive biodiversity loss; the prevalence of poverty and inequality throughout many societies, as well as a host of other global challenges, a sense of urgency to prioritize impact-driven and locally-appropriate solutions is characteristic of our post-pandemic times, with education as a key leverage point.
Building on the principles of Global Citizenship Education and Social Business, the UNESCO Regional Office in Bangkok, in partnership with the non-profit foundation, Yunus Thailand, will host ‘Cultivating Active Global Citizens: A Youth Workshop on Social Entrepreneurship in the Asia-Pacific Region’, on 30 November 2023, in Bangkok. The workshop will highlight the connection between GCED, Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), and social entrepreneurship education, fostering a holistic approach to addressing social and environmental challenges. By empowering individuals with the knowledge, skills, and values of GCED, while nurturing their entrepreneurial spirit, we can create a more inclusive and sustainable future for all.
Social entrepreneurship education challenges learners to understand local and global problems, and to ideate and design human-centered solutions following social business approaches. Given the problem-specific and solution-oriented nature of entrepreneurial thinking, social entrepreneurship education can drive some of the cognitive, socio-emotional, and behavioural competencies for sustainable development and global citizenship, among them community-oriented and intercultural understanding; interdisciplinary learning and systems thinking; critical thinking, creativity, and problem solving; the cultivation of a mindset adept at identifying opportunities, taking calculated risks, and designing social-business solutions; an openness to collaboration and community engagement; and the ability to engage in evaluation and impact measurement.
This workshop is an invitation-only event for youth participants from the Asia-Pacific region. Additionally, members of the UNESCO Bangkok GCED Asia-Pacific Regional Network and other education practitioners will also be invited to enrich the discussions. Certificates of participation will be awarded to all youth attendees.
30 November 2023, 10.30–13.30 (GMT+7)
The workshop will be conducted in a hybrid format. Participants in Thailand will have the opportunity to join in-person sessions, while individuals unable to attend in person are welcome to join online sessions. Please note that the workshop will be conducted in English.
UNESCO Regional Office in Bangkok (UNESCO Bangkok); Zoom Conferencing
Welcome Remarks (6 min)
Introductory Presentation (10 min)
Icebreaker: Mapping Sustainable Development Challenges and Opportunities in Asia-Pacific
Global Citizenship and Social Entrepreneurship as Pathways for Solutions
Understanding SDG Target 4.7, with a focus on GCED
Understanding Social Entrepreneurship
Showcasing Youth-Led Entrepreneurial impact solutions
Breakout Exercise: Sharing Local Contexts of SDG Challenges & Ideating Global Entrepreneurial Solutions
Breakout Exercise: Identifying Support and Skills Needed, Opportunities & Gaps