Between the 19th and 22nd of May, members of the Erasmus Student Network and the Erasmus Mundus Association gathered for GlobErasmus in Brussels. A training aimed at educating the participants about global citizenship took place and consequently global competencies were developed through different organisations with a goal of empowering the Erasmus alumni and volunteers and reinforcing them through workshops and training sessions with external partners.
GlobErasmus was one of many steps ESN will take in expanding their own horizons and keeping up with the developments of the new Erasmus programme in its aims to expand globally. The training organised by ESN volunteers Angela Russo and Joana Ribau Leite, EMA volunteer Salys Sultan and facilitated by Patrícia Gonçalves and Carmen Majzin, allowed for new knowledge and a wider perspective on activities we are already implementing and the ones we could organise to ensure even larger impact and spread our mission globally. The training generated new knowledge and a wider perspective on activities which we are already implementing and the ones we could organise in the future in order to ensure an even larger impact and spread our mission of "students helping students" globally.
Right from the start, the participants had the opportunity to learn how different organisations approach the topic of global citizenship from guests such as Ajaree Tavornmas from Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM), Sebastiano Putoto from Young European Federalists (JEF) and Jo Deman from World Organisation of Scout Movement (WOSM).
In the following days, participants continued to further explore the relation between their organisations and global citizenship education with a focus on the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. Participants of GlobErasmus analysed activities of their own organisations that already tackle SDGs and explored new methods of approaching them in their work. Together, they began building a set of recommendations that address each of the SDGs in relation to the fields of actions of the organisations.
Finally, the goal of setting the ground for potential collaboration between ESAA members focused on the topic of global citizenship and competence which resulted in a Toolkit about Citizenship Education in ESAA organisations based on the inputs from participants of the GlobErasmus.
The event was organised by the Erasmus Student Network and the Erasmus Mundus Association, in partnership with ESN Greece and funded by the Erasmus+ Student and Alumni Alliance (ESAA).