FOND Working Group on Development Education organized on the 8th and 9th July 2010 the National Seminar on Global/ Development Education “Setting the national framework for development education in Romania”, in partnership with the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Romanian Ministry of Education, Research, Youth and Sports. The event took place in cooperation and with the financial support of the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe and the European Commission.
The objective of the seminar was to bring together key Romanian stakeholders in the field and raise awareness on development education among governmental and non-governmental actors in order to create a multi-stakeholder process to prepare the national global/development education strategy. Among the participants invited there were representatives from central and local authorities, ministries, civil society, academia and media.
The event focused on the communication and collaboration between NGOs and the governmental actors and the presentations covered interesting topics such as: theoretical approaches on development/ global education concepts, good practices in the field of development education in Europe, financial opportunities and the national context in development/global education. The last part of the event included several thematic workshops. World Vision Romania Foundation facilitated one of these workshops meant to contribute to the onset of Romania’s development education strategy.
The conclusions of the seminar emphasized the need for a common vision of the national community involved, on the two concepts of development education/global education as well as coherence and a better communication between all the relevant actors.