Integrating Buddhist/Soka Perspectives within the UNESCO-led Discourse and Practice of Global Citizenship Education

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DERC Seminar Series: Dr. Namrata Sharma. Streamed live on May 23, 2019. UCL IOE Media Services.

Integrating Buddhist / Soka Perspectives within the UNESCO-led Discourse and Practice of Global Citizenship Education The UNESCO initiative of global citizenship education is gaining popularity worldwide. At the same time there is a dearth of literature that explores values-based perspectives that can contribute to the intercultural dimension of global citizenship education.

Reflecting on key outcomes from her long-term research and publications, Dr. Sharma shares the example of soka (lit. value-creation) as a concept and a rapidly growing movement of Buddhists who have endorsed several UN initiatives. Through her work Dr. Sharma argues the importance of paying attention to different philosophical understandings and values-based perspectives that can bring forth diverse and creative solutions to global issues. Doing this can also propel people and communities to take part in local, national, regional, and global solutions as engaged citizenry whose values inform their action for positive personal, social and environmental transformation.

Dr. Namrata Sharma is an adjunct professor at the State University of New York and an academic advisor with AlphaPlus consultancy, UK. Her research areas include global citizenship, international and comparative education. She is the author of Value-creating global citizenship education: Engaging Gandhi, Makiguchi, and Ikeda as examples (Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).

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