GLOBAL YOUTH WORK: PROVOKING CONSCIOUSNESS AND TAKING ACTION MOMODOU SALLAH OBJECTIVE • To highlight different terminologies and focus on process • To share Global Youth Work Conceptual models • To share defining characteristics of Global Youth Work • To provoke a reflection on the effectiveness of our practice in building a more humane world WHAT IS IT CALL? • Global Youth Work • Global Education • Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship (ESDG) (Wales) • Global Citizenship • International Humanitarian Education • Global Learning • International Youth Work • Development Education in Youth Work and Global Justice in Youth work (Ireland) Sallah (2009); Cotton (2009); Dare to Stretch (2009) (North-South Centre 2010) DEFINITION “Global Education is education that opens people’s eyes and minds to the realities of the globalised world and awakens them to bring about a world of greater justice, equity and Human Rights for all.” The Maastricht Global Education Declaration (2002:2) WHAT IS GYW? • Is concerned with how the concept and process of globalisation impacts on young people’s realities • Is based on the principles of informal education • Promotes consciousness and action • Challenges oppression and promotes social justice • Located in young people’s realities •DEA (2004) Global Youth Work Practice Training and Resource Manual •Bourn, D. & McCollum, A. (eds) (1995) A World of Difference: making global connections in youth work. DEA: London •Sallah, M. & Cooper, S. (eds.) (2008) Global Youth Work: Taking it Personally. Leicester: National Youth Agency. CONNECT, CHALLENGE, CHANGE DEA (2010) Woolley (2011) WOOLLEY (2009) DIMENSIONS OF THE GLOBAL EDUCATION CONCEPT (NORTHSOUTH CENTRE 2010) MAKING PLINGS • a) an analysis of events and developments happening at micro level in the nearest reality • b) selection of specific themes related to those events • c) recognition of connections with the macro world and the emerging dialogue between them (North-South Centre 2010:21) Sallah, M. (2014) Global Youth Work: Provoking Consciousness and Taking Action. Lyme Regis: Russell House Publishing WHY DOES GYW WORK? • Informal and experiential learning • New learning – stretching the imagination • Generation of curiosity “View the world in someone else’s eyes” • Young people as co-producers of knowledge • Symbiosis of consciousness and action • Sallah, M. (2013) Evaluation of the Global Youth Work in Action project (2010 - 2013). London: Ycare International CONCLUSION • GYW can be a catalyst to provoke consciousness and bring about change • Is it a plaster on a broken bone or an anaesthetic? • Is it from the “Missionary Position” or critical consciousness? • Global Youth Work is not only “out there” but “in here” too.