Namrata Sharma

Finding the linkages between Global Citizenship Education, Education for Sustainable Development and Value Creating Education

Who is Namrata Sharma?

Namrata Sharma is on the faculty at the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, State University of New York, USA. She is an expert with the United Nations’ Harmony with Nature Knowledge Network. She is also an international education consultant, and on the boards of various research centres. Her scholar contributions have appeared in several journals, and she has authored several books including Value-creating global citizenship education for sustainable development: Strategies and approaches (Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020).

Quick Overview

In this episode, Namrata Sharma discusses the existing connections between Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and Global Citizenship Education (GCED). She talks about her work examining the underlying paradigms and perspectives of GCED and ESD, and how she situates her studies within the wide-ranging scholarship that challenges the overall western-view of GCED. She also mentions the books that she has written where she proposes value-creating GCED as a pedagogical approach that she has developed from a study of less widely known perspectives, especially focusing on important contributions that come from eastern thinkers. Sharma illustrates these ideas with the example of Soka University, an institution which she believes successfully fosters global citizens. Finally, she makes connections between GCED and The Earth Charter, and how this document is helpful and complimentary to creating global citizens through ESD.

Questions Addressed in this Episode

  1. What is Global Citizenship Education?  
  2. Why do you think GCED is important? How do you think this can be done in practice in different education realms? 
  3. What is a Value Creating approach and what are its linkages with GCED and ESD?
  4. How do you see the role of the Earth Charter reflected in this?
  5. What is the relationship between GCED and ESD?

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Duration: 57:49